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Dictating Text

Google Voice Typing lets you dictate text instead of typing on the onscreen keyboard. Dictation works with text areas in any app, without special setup or voice training. (For third-party apps, no additional developer support is required.) To practice, try dictating a message in Gmail.

To turn on and configure dictation

  1. Tap Settings > Languages & Input.
  2. To toggle dictation, tap Google Voice Typing.

    When dictation is turned on, the 10-device-access-mic.jpg key appears on the onscreen keyboard.

  3. To configure dictation, tap 2-action-settings.jpg next to Google Voice Typing.

    You can enable other dictation languages, replace naughty words with asterisks, and enable offline dictation.

To dictate text

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the dictated text to appear.

    Dictation works in most places that you can enter text by using the keyboard.

  2. Tap 10-device-access-mic.jpg on the keyboard and then speak calmly red-a.jpg.


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    red-a.jpg When you’re dictating, the onscreen keyboard is replaced by the microphone icon.

    The Nexus hears you through its built-in microphone. The 10-device-access-mic.jpg icon glows to show your speaking volume.

  3. When you’re finished, tap 10-device-access-mic.jpg or pause for a few seconds.

    When you pause, what you spoke is transcribed by the speech-recognition service and entered in the text field. You can tap the pop-up Delete button to erase the text (handy for comically wrong transcriptions), or tap underlined text to replace or delete it.

  4. To add more text, tap 10-device-access-mic.jpg again and then continue speaking.

To enter punctuation, say the punctuation mark. Suppose that you want to dictate “Without me, you’re nothing.” Say this:

Without me comma you’re nothing period

Besides punctuation, dictation offers very few commands that let you edit or format text.

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