How to Dictate & Edit Texts without Siri

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Being able to make hands-free calls and send texts can come in handy when you're trying to keep your eyes on the road. Siri is a common method for dictating texts, but Siri can't function properly when you've got spotty cell reception. Luckily, you can still dictate texts in Messages even if Siri is offline. You can even use this method to make corrections and edit out mistakes. Let's dive in with how to dictate and edit texts on your iPhone without Siri.

Related: How to Use Siri & What to Do When Siri Stops Working

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How to Dictate & Edit Texts without Siri

  1. Open a new or existing conversation in Messages.
  2. On your keyboard, tap the microphone button.
  3. Begin speaking. When you're finished, tap the keyboard icon.


     
  4. To make an edit, highlight the word or phrase you want to change.
  5. Tap the microphone button.
  6. Begin speaking, and when you're finished, tap the keyboard button.

That's it! Your text message is ready to send. Happy chatting!

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Tamlin Day is a feature web writer at iPhone Life. He has a degree in Media and Communications from Maharishi University of Management and his work has been published in the Rio Review and Breathe Free Press.