How to Dictate on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Dictating on iPhone can be a handy feature for those who want to save time and effort typing on the small screen. Whether you want to send a text message, compose an email, or search for something online, dictation can make your life easier. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of how to dictate on iPhone.

Enabling Dictation

To start using dictation on your iPhone, you first need to make sure that the feature is enabled. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “General”.
  • Step 3: Tap on “Keyboard”.
  • Step 4: Toggle the switch next to “Enable Dictation” to turn it on. It will turn green when enabled.

Using Dictation in Messages and Emails

You can use dictation in various apps such as Messages and Mail. Here’s how to use it:

  • Step 1: Open the app where you want to dictate a message or email.
  • Step 2: Tap on the text field or compose area where you would normally type.
  • Step 3: Tap on the microphone icon that appears on the keyboard.
  • Step 4: Start speaking clearly and naturally. Your words will appear as text in real-time.

You can also use dictation for punctuation and formatting commands. For example:

  • Say “comma” or “period” to insert punctuation marks.
  • Say “new line” or “new paragraph” to add line breaks or start a new paragraph.
  • Say “capitalize” followed by a word to capitalize the first letter of the word.
  • Say “all caps” followed by a word to capitalize all letters of the word.

Using Dictation for Web Searches

In addition to messages and emails, you can also use dictation for web searches. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open the Safari app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Tap on the search bar at the top of the screen.
  • Step 4: Start speaking your search query. Safari will display results based on your dictation.


Please keep in mind that dictation requires an internet connection as it relies on Apple’s servers for processing. Also, it’s important to speak clearly and in a quiet environment for accurate dictation results.

In conclusion, dictating on iPhone can be a valuable tool for those who prefer speaking rather than typing. By enabling dictation and following these simple steps, you can save time and effort when composing messages, emails, and even conducting web searches. Give it a try and experience the convenience of using dictation on your iPhone!

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