Use Dictation on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to use dictation instead of your keyboard to enter text.

You can use dictation with many apps and features that use the iOS keyboard. On iPhone 6s or later, iPhone SE, and iPad Pro, you can dictate without being connected to the Internet. Earlier models of iPhone and iPad require an Internet connection.


Dictate text

When you need to enter text, you can tap microphone on your keyboard, then start speaking. As you speak, the text appears on the screen. To finish, stop speaking, then tap iPhone keyboard.

To make corrections, you can tap a mispelled word, then select the correct spelling. You can also tap a word and dictate it again.

To replace a section, select what you want to replace, then tap dictate and speak again. To add more text, tap where you want to add new text, tap dictations, then speak again.

Use punctuation and formatting

You can add punctuation by saying what you want. For example, "Hello John comma the check is in the mail exclamation mark" becomes "Hello John, the check is in the mail!"

Here are some common punctuation and formatting commands that you can use:

  • Quote/end quote: begin and end a quote
  • New paragraph: start a new paragraph
  • New line: begin a new line
  • Cap: capitalize the next word
  • Caps on/caps off: capitalize the first character of each word
  • Smiley: insert :-)
  • Frowny: insert :-(
  • Winky: insert ;-)
Published Date: Wed Jan 10 17:19:22 GMT 2018