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 multitask. Siri is a common method for dictating texts, but not everyone wants to enable Siri. Luckily, you don't need Siri to dictate texts in Messages. You can even use this method to edit out mistakes. Let's dive in with how to use voice-to-text on iPhone to dictate and edit texts without Siri.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Dictate texts without having to rely on Siri.
  • Easily edit a dictated text without having to end dictation.

How to Voice Text on iPhone without Siri

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 14 or later, but the screenshots below were captured on iOS 17. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

Talk-to-text on iPhone is a great alternative to Siri when you're trying to send texts hands-free. For more texting tricks and shortcuts, like how to send a voice message on iPhone, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, let's go over how to use voice text on iPhone:

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  1. Open a new or existing conversation in Messages.

    iphone messages app with a red box around the new message button
  2. On your keyboard, tap the microphone button.

    iphone new message screen with a red box around the keyboard dictation microphone icon
  3. You will see a small, blue microphone icon when Dictation is active. Begin speaking.

    iphone new message screen with a red box around the blue dictation microphone icon
  4. To make an edit, use your cursor to highlight the word or phrase you want to change.

    iphone new message screen with typed out message and a red box around a mistyped phrase, "I edit"
  5. Speak the correct word or phrase.

    iphone new message screen with typed out message and a red box around a corrected word, "highlight"
  6. When you're finished, tap the microphone button to end dictation.

    iphone new message screen with typed out message and a red box around the dictation microphone button

If you end dictation but then realize there's another change you want to make, you can highlight words or phrases and tap the microphone icon again to start up dictation again. And that's it! Once you're satisfied with the text, you're ready to send it. Happy chatting! If you'd rather use Siri to dictate a text, you can find out how to use Siri to voice-to-text on your iPhone.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.