How to Enable Voice Input on Android and iOS Devices

In the digital age, efficiency is key, and one of the best tools for boosting productivity is voice input.

Whether you’re composing messages, setting reminders, or dictating notes, enabling voice input on your mobile device can significantly streamline your workflow.

This guide will walk you through the simple steps to enable voice input on both Android and iOS devices, making it easier than ever to use this powerful feature.

Why Use Voice Input?

Voice input technology has evolved dramatically, offering an incredibly accurate and convenient way to interact with your devices. By using voice input, you can:

  • Save time typically spent typing
  • Reduce typing errors, especially on smaller screens
  • Multitask more effectively, keeping your hands free for other tasks
  • Enhance accessibility for those who find typing difficult or cumbersome

Enabling Voice Input on Android Devices

Enabling voice input on your Android device is straightforward. Follow these steps to start dictating text instead of typing:

  1. Install Gboard: Access the Play Store to download and install Gboard. It is a Google app with billions of installs, and millions of reviews.


  1. Open the Settings App: After the app is installed, opening the settings screen of your Android device.

  2. Navigate to ‘Languages & Input’: Scroll through the settings menu until you find ‘Languages & input’, and select it.

  3. Access the Virtual Keyboard Settings: Within the ‘Languages & input’ menu, find and tap on ‘Virtual Keyboard’.

  4. Select Your Keyboard: Select and use the ‘Gboard’ keyboard. If you are asked to select the input method, also select Gboard.



  1. Enable Voice Typing: Inside the keyboard settings, locate the ‘Voice Typing’ option and turn it on.

  2. Allow Audio: You will be asked to allow audio input when you use this feature for the first time.

  3. Native Languages: Gboard supports multiple spoken languages. You can add these through the ‘Language & Input’ option in the Android settings menu (Eg French, German etc)

Once you’ve enabled voice typing, you can start using it in any app that involves typing.

Simply tap the microphone icon on the keyboard and start speaking.

Visit this page written by TechWiser for ways to resolve permission issues after installing the app.

Enabling Voice Input on iOS Devices

Apple makes it equally simple to enable voice input on iOS devices through its built-in keyboard. Here’s how you can activate this feature:

  1. Open the Settings App: Just like on Android, begin by opening your settings app.

  2. Tap on ‘General’: Find the ‘General’ settings and tap to enter.

  3. Select ‘Keyboard’: Scroll down to find ‘Keyboard’ and select it.



  1. Enable Dictation: Within the Keyboard settings, look for the ‘Dictation’ option and toggle it on.

With dictation enabled, you can use voice input wherever the keyboard is available. Tap the microphone icon located near the spacebar to begin dictating your text.

If you have trouble with dictation on an iOS device, you can visit this link for help resolving the issue.

Tips for Effective Voice Input

To get the most out of voice input on either platform, consider these tips:

  • Speak clearly and at a moderate pace to improve transcription accuracy.
  • Use natural language; today’s voice input technologies are designed to understand everyday speech.
  • Periodically review what has been transcribed to ensure accuracy and make any necessary corrections.
  • Install additional language packs if English is not your preferred spoken language.
  • You can select Dictation Languages on iOS devices.

Note: Some third-party keyboard (like SwiftKey) may also offer their own dictation feature. You can use that while using the third-party keyboard.

Conclusion

Voice input can transform how you interact with your mobile device, offering a faster, more intuitive way to communicate.

By following the simple steps outlined above for Android and iOS devices, you can unlock the full potential of this technology. Whether you’re driving, cooking, or simply prefer speaking over typing, voice input is a valuable tool that enhances productivity and accessibility.

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