How to use Dictation on iPhone and iPad

How to use Dictation on iPhone and iPad

Texting is fun, but it’s not for everyone. Some might not prefer typing more than a couple of lines on their iPhone, while some might not have the time and liberty to do so. That is where Dictation comes to the rescue.

One downside of dictation has always been that the transcription stops whenever you touch the keyboard while dictating to make some edits. But that changes with iOS 16 and the introduction of Hybrid dictation. Let’s learn how to use Dictation on iPhone and iPad. 

How to enable Dictation on iPhone and iPad

The steps to enable dictation on iPhone and the iPad are similar, and here’s how to go about it,

  1. Open Settings.  
  2. Tap General.  
  3. Navigate to Keyboard.  
  4. Turn on the Enable Dictation toggle.  
  5. Confirm your selection by tapping Enable Dictation.  

    How to enable Dictation on iPhone and iPad

How to use Dictation on iPhone and iPad 

Now that you’ve enabled Dictation on your devices remember that Dictation works on most of the applications that support input through a keyboard. With that out of the way, here’s how to use Dictation on iPhone and iPad 

  1. On any app, you want to Dictate in, open the keyboard.  
  2. Tap on the Microphone icon located at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. You can now dictate and tap on the keyboard icon once you’ve finished.

    How to use Dictation on iPhone and iPad
  4. If you see a blue line under the transcribed text, you can tap the word to make corrections or double-tap the word to replace it.

    How to use Dictation on iPhone and iPad 2

Note: With iOS 16, you can dictate and type simultaneously.

Add punctuation and commands when dictating on iPhone

Punctuation adds more clarity to our sentences and helps emphasize what’s important. Punctuating your sentences is a must, especially if you’re writing a formal note, email, etc. Listed below are the commands that’ll help assist you in formatting your sentences better,

  1. Period/ Full stop: Adds “.” to the sentence.  
  2. Comma: Adds the “,” to a sentence.  
  3. Exclamation mark: Adds “!” to a sentence.  
  4. Question mark: Adds “?” to a sentence. 
  5. Dollar sign: Insert the “$” currency symbol.  
  6. Open parenthesis/ Open bracket: Adds the “(” to a sentence. 
  7. Close parenthesis/ Close bracket: Adds the “)” to a sentence. 
  8. Quote and End Quote: Adds “” quotation marks.  
  9. New paragraph: Starts a new paragraph.  
  10. New line: Shifts to a new line.  
  11. Colon: Adds “:” to a sentence. 
  12. Semicolon: Adds “;” to a sentence. 
  13. Cap: The next word after this command is capitalized.  
  14. All caps: This command ensures the next word is in uppercase.  
  15. Smiley: Inserts 🙂 
  16. Frowny: Inserts 🙁 
  17. Winky: Inserts 😉 
  18. Hashtag: Adds the “#” symbol.  

FAQ

1. Which devices support dictation on iPhone? 

Dictation is available for all iPhones. And iPhone 6S and above and the iPads do not need an internet connection for dictation to function. However, earlier models of the iPhone require an internet connection to use Dictation.  

2. How do you go to the next line in dictation?  

Saying “New Line” will shift you to a new line while dictating on the iPhone and iPad.  

3. How do you change the paragraph in voice typing? 

Saying “New Paragraph” starts a new paragraph while dictating.  

If you have any other questions regarding the Dictation feature on your iPhone or iPad, let us know in the comments below.

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