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How to control ChatGPT with your voice

You can either use the official Android or iOS app, or try alternative ways to use voice on ChatGPT.
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December 29, 2023

ChatGPT is all the craze these days, with people using it to write resumes, write code, and even play chess. The beauty of the service lies in getting AI to do the job using creative prompts so that you get precise results. However, typing long and descriptive prompts can get tiresome, and revising them to perfection takes even more time. But there’s a way to speed things up, and that is by using voice. Here’s how you can control ChatGPT with your voice, using speech to type and get your answers spoken back.

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The best way to use voice with ChatGPT is by using the official Android or iOS app. You can use the voice transcription feature to enter prompts with your voice.

You can also use your platform's speech-to-text features to speak directly into the text field of ChatGPT. Alternatively, third-party extensions let you interact and control ChatGPT directly with your voice for a conversational experience.


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Can you control ChatGPT with your voice?

OpenAI has added a voice transcription feature to ChatGPT’s official Android and iOS app. This is the easiest and most straightforward way to control ChatGPT with your voice. So yes, you can control ChatGPT with your voice.

You need to click on the voice feature in the prompt window. Then, speak out your command, and stop recording when done. ChatGPT’s app will transcribe your voice into text, and you can then send the text forward as a prompt to ChatGPT.

To get voice replies, you will need to upgrade to ChatGPT Plus. You can then have ChatGPT’s Android and iOS app reply back to your prompts with voice.

Use your voice to engage in a back-and-forth conversation with ChatGPT. Speak with it on the go, request a bedtime story, or settle a dinner table debate.
— OpenAI (@OpenAI) September 25, 2023

There is no official way to interact with ChatGPT on desktop/web via voice. You will have to make use of other unofficial ways. Some of these unofficial mods let you input voice-converted text directly into the text field of ChatGPT. Some of these workarounds go one step further and have ChatGPT speak back its result, giving you a great hands-free, speech-driven AI experience.

How to control ChatGPT with your voice

As mentioned, you can use ChatGPT with your voice in a few ways.

Using the official Android or iOS app

The official app provides a straightforward way to use voice to input transcribed text into the prompt text field.

  • Download the official Android or iOS app, according to your platform.
  • Open the app and sign into your account.
  • In the main ChatGPT screen, click on the voice icon.
  • Grant necessary microphone permissions.
  • ChatGPT will begin recording your voice. Speak our prompt.
  • When done, click on Tap to stop recording.
  • ChatGPT will transcribe your spoken word to text and input it in the prompt field. You can make any changes or corrections in the prompt here.
  • Click on the upload button to send the text prompt to ChatGPT.

Voice input using speech-to-text software

You can use speech-to-text software on your phone, Mac, or Windows, to convert your spoken words into written text.

  • OnAndroid: Use Google Assistant voice typing with Gboard or Voice to text.
  • On iPhone: You can use Dictation on iPhone, letting you dictate text anywhere you can type it.
    • Turn on Dictation on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Keyboard and selecting Enable Dictation.
    • To begin dictating, go to ChatGPT’s text field, tap the Dictate key (microphone key on the onscreen keyboard’s bottom right corner), and start speaking. When you finish, tap the Stop Dictation button.
  • On Mac: You can use Dictation on Mac to dictate text wherever there is a text input field.
    • Navigate to Apple menu > System Settings > Keyboard > Dictation, and turn it on. If a prompt appears, click Enable.
    • You can also set a shortcut for beginning and ending dictation.
    • To begin dictating, go to ChatGPT’s text field, and tap the Dictate key (microphone key present in the row of function keys) or your set shortcut. When you finish, press Enter on your keyboard or your set shortcut.
  • On Windows 11: You can use Microsoft Speech Services to turn your voice into text.
    • Navigate to a text box, and press the Windows logo key + H on your keyboard.
    • If you are using the touch keyboard, press the microphone key next to the spacebar.
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Control ChatGPT with direct voice input via Voice Control for ChatGPT extension

There is a third-party Chrome extension called Voice Control for ChatGPT that simplifies the above to a great extent by letting you speak directly into the text field. Moreover, the written results from the AI search are spoken back, allowing you to converse with AI.

Here’s how to make use of it to control ChatGPT with your voice:

  • Install Voice Control for ChatGPT extension on Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
  • Go to ChatGPT. You will now see a large microphone icon at the bottom of the screen.
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  • Press and hold the spacebar to begin speaking, and release the spacebar to stop talking and submit the prompt.
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  • Once you submit the prompt, ChatGPT will generate results. With this extension, the voice assistant will read back the entire result, giving you a conversational experience.
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Here you can see the extension’s settings page, which lets you download additional voices.

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Enjoy speaking to your AI assistant! If you need assistance speaking out descriptive prompts, check out the best ChatGPT prompts to help you with your school and business.


FAQs

ChatGPT’s official Android and iOS app allows ChatGPT Plus users to use the voice version of ChatGPT.