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How to use voice to text on Android

Voice to text on Android is super easy to use and will save you the hassle of using smartphone keyboards.
May 16, 2022

If you’ve ever typed up a long text message on your smartphone, you will know that sometimes smartphone keyboards can be finicky. The keyboard may respond slowly, or your fingers might be too large for the smaller keyboard icons. In any case, voice-to-text on Android can help save you the hassle and time of typing everything manually. Voice-to-text is a feature that allows you to speak what you want to write, and your smartphone will write it for you. Even if you’re a fast texter, saying what you want to write is usually quicker. Here’s how the voice-to-text feature works on Android devices and how to get the most out of it.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Google Assistant


To use voice-to-text on Android, open the keyboard in your chat or text app and tap the smartphone icon. Start speaking, and the phone will recognize your message.


How do I activate voice-to-text on Android?

Voice to text will already be enabled on your device. Find and open the Google app on your smartphone. Tap your profile icon at the top right corner and open Settings. Go to Voice–>Offline speech recognition and make sure that your language is downloaded. The languages on the list are the ones that the voice-to-text feature will pick up while you’re speaking.

Voice to text works with many different languages. For languages with accents or more characters in the alphabet, voice to text can be easier to use than the keyboard. Go to the All tab to find other languages that support this feature.

How to use voice-to-text on Android

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You can use voice to text with any app you usually type in. To start using voice-to-text, tap in a text field to bring up your smartphone’s keyboard. You should see a microphone icon. Clicking the microphone icon will start the voice-to-text feature. If you want to pause speaking for a little bit, all you have to do is tap the microphone. Tapping it once more will start the voice-to-text feature again.

When you use voice-to-text on Android, it won’t automatically fill in punctuation for you. You need to dictate punctuation whenever you want it in what you’re typing. Here are a few of the most common speech commands for punctuation:

  • Period/full stop
  • Question mark
  • Exclamation point
  • Comma
  • New line
  • New paragraph

For example, take a look at this sentence: The dog stopped barking, but the squirrel was still there. To put this sentence into a text, you would need to say: The dog stopped barking (comma) but the squirrel was still there (period).

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Once you finish speaking, you can tap the microphone to stop recording. If voice to text hears the wrong word or you want to change what you said, you have to go back and adjust it manually. You can give a voice command to replace one word with another, but it’s typically easier to manually type the replacement word.

Improve voice-to-text on Android

Voice to text is fantastic, but it’s not always perfect. You can do a few things to improve your experience and make the voice-to-text feature more reliable.

Make sure you speak slowly. If you talk too quickly, there’s a good chance your phone won’t pick up everything you said, and you’ll have to start all over. Also, speak clearly. Enunciate your words more than you usually might, so there’s no mistaking what you’re trying to say.

Lastly, make sure you are in a low-traffic space with minimal noise. For example, if you’re at a concert, voice to text won’t work because your smartphone can’t clearly distinguish your voice from your surroundings.

Read more: All the Google Assistant commands you need to know