How to Fix Dictation Not Working on iPhone 12Pro Max, XR,11 Pro Max, XS Max, XS, X

Last Updated on Nov 10, 2020

One of the useful and convenient features comes with the iPhone, is Dictation or Speech to Text. After a long day at the office, when someone wants to chat, it’s really hard to keep fingers on keypad. But still, we can’t ignore our beloved ones so, there we take the help of the Dictation feature of the iPhone. It reliably types our speech in no time.

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Besides, if you want to type a huge paragraph, at that time, the Dictation microphone is helpful. Just like any other software issues, sometimes, the dictation stops working on iPhone XR, XS Max, XS. If you are the with Dictation not working on iPhone, then continue to read the troubleshooting and fix it.

Fix Speech to Text not working on iPhone XR, 11 Pro Max, XS Max, XS

Solution 1: Make Sure Dictation is Enabled on iPhone

When Dictation not working on iPhone XR, XS Max, XS, the very first settings to be checked is whether dictation is enabled or not. If already dictation is turned on, then disable it and re-enable after restarting the iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General.

    Enable Dictation on iPhone

    Enable Dictation on iPhone

  3. Tap Keyboard.
  4. Toggle ON Enable Dictation button.
  5. Confirm Enable Dictation.

    Enable Dictation on iPhone

    Enable Dictation on iPhone

You can also set the Dictation Languages, after enabling Dictation on the iPhone. It may possibly, that dictation stopped working on iPhone XR because you were not using the same language while dictating as the selected Dictation Languages.

Solution 2: Disable Screen Time Restrictions for Siri & Dictation

Screen Time is a great feature, that lets parents control their child’s daily usage of the iPhone and iPad. But, if screen time is enabled it could disturb you with issues like dictation not working on iPhone XR/XS/XS Max.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Open the Allowed Apps option.
  4. Turn ON, Siri & Dictation.

    Turn OFF Screen Time for Siri & Dictation

    Turn OFF Screen Time for Siri & Dictation

Another solution to remove restrictions is to disable the Content & Privacy Restrictions. It is to be noted that, turning off Content & Privacy Restrictions will remove restrictions from all the apps/features including Siri & Dictation.

  1. Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Disable Content & Privacy Restrictions.

    Disable Content & Privacy Restrictions on iPhone

    Disable Content & Privacy Restrictions on iPhone

Solution 3: Check Microphone is working or not

If there is any hardware issue with iPhone’s microphone then dictation will not work and there’s no meaning of following this long tutorial. Your iPhone has three microphones at different locations, as you can check out our article on Where is Microphone on iPhone XR, 11 Pro Max, XS Max, XS? Test each microphone one by one, for instance, the bottom microphone, and the microphone in the ear-speaker can be analyzed by calling someone. The third microphone is near the rear camera of the iPhone, to test it, record videos on your iPhone.

Solution 4: Remove & Add Apple Keyboard

Deleting and adding the Apple Keyboard have fixed dictation not working on iPhone many times. Try your luck to fix the keyboard issues on the iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General > Keyboard.
  3. Tap on Keyboards.
  4. Tap Add New Keyboard. Select any third-party keyboard if it is installed or choose a keyboard of another language.
  5. Now, get back to the previous screen and remove Apple Keyboard. To do so, swipe left and tap Delete. Or tap Edit > Red mark near to Apple Keyboard > Done.

    Delete Apple Keyboard

    Delete Apple Keyboard

  6. Restart the iPhone and again follow the steps from beginning to add Apple Keyboard.

Solution 5: Disconnect Headphone

Most of the time our iPhone gets stuck in Headphone Mode and we were wondering why there is no sound on iPhone or Apple Music not playing songs. If dictation not working on iPhone, then make sure your iPhone is not stuck on headphone mode or you have not connected any headphone while using dictation on iPhone. Here’s how to disconnect headphone from iPhone,

  1. Open the Settings app > Bluetooth > Tap on (i) next to headphone name > Forgot This Device.

Solution 6: Reset Network Settings

Dictation feature may require an internet connection to convert your speech to text. In that case, if your iPhone’s internet connection is not working or responding, it’s time to reset network settings of the iPhone. While Reset Network Settings, all the Wi-Fi passwords, Internet Settings, VPN, and APNs, will be restored to default. So keep backup of all this information if needed.

  1. Navigate to the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Reset.

    Reset Network Settings

    Reset Network Settings

  4. Scroll down and select Reset Network Settings.
  5. Confirm Reset.
  6. Wait for a while, until iPhone restarts.

Solution 7: Factory Reset your Apple iPhone

The last workaround is always, relentless, as it takes you to the Apple Genius Bar or you have to Factory Reset iPhone. Restoring device to factory settings deletes all the data including personal data, customized settings, downloaded applications and more. Make sure to back up the iPhone before the factory reset it.

  1. Jump to the Settings app.
  2. Go to General > Reset.
  3. Select Erase All Contents & Settings.
  4. Confirm the action by entering a passcode.

    Factory Data Reset iPhone

    Factory Data Reset iPhone

Within a short time, the iPhone will reboot as new, so set it up.

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  1. I gave a brand new XR. I use voice frequently, but just 2 days ago, I started to get a message that I need to tap and then send. I’ve never had this prompt with prior iPhones. When I’d tap the microphone icon, a voice wave signal would appear and an audible alert. Now, I tap, and nothing happens

  2. I gave a brand new XR. Voice was working as advertised until two days ago. I tap microphone icon, and get a message to tap icon and send message. Normal use of this feature would give me an audio wave signal and an alert, and I’d merrily go along speaking. I am completely unable to get recording.

    • Check any Update is pending under the settings,

      Go to the Settings > General > Software Update.


      Once reset the All Settings, Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

      Now you can use Default Settings just like a new iPhone.

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