How to Dictate Text on Your iPhone

 How to Dictate Text on Your iPhone

Dictating text on your iPhone is an easy way to reply to emails, send messages, and create notes. For dictation to work, you must be in cellular zone or Wi-Fi hotspot. Dictation on iPhone isn't perfect, but it can certainly come in handy when you need to send a hands-free text message or if you can't remember how to spell a particular word. There are multiple reasons why you might use dictation on iPhone; overall, it's a great feature that's easy to use. Here's how to dictate text on your iPhone.

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First, we need to make sure dictation is turned on.

  • To do this, go to Settings.
  • Open General.

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  • Select Keyboard, and turn on Enable Dictation.

 How to Dictate Text on Your iPhone   How to Dictate Text on Your iPhone

  • When you go to write something, the keyboard will now show a small microphone. Tap it to speak and then select Done.

 How to Dictate Text on Your iPhone

  • For punctuation and formatting, here’s a short list of commands to include when dictating:
    • quote … end quote
    • new paragraph
    • new line
    • cap—to capitalize the next word
    • caps on … caps off—to capitalize the first character of each word
    • all caps—to make the next word all uppercase
    • all caps on … all caps off—to make the enclosed words all uppercase
    • no caps on … no caps off—to make the enclosed words all lowercase
    • no space on … no space off—to run a series of words together
    • smiley—to insert :-)
    • frowny—to insert :-(
    • winky—to insert ;-)

 

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.