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How to fix iPhone dictation that's not working

iPhone dictation not working

If your iPhone® dictation—also known as speech to text—isn't working well, it can really disrupt your day-to-day communication. At Asurion, we help millions of people troubleshoot, fix, and maximize their tech. From how to stop annoying spam text messages to how to deep clean your phone, we keep the devices you rely on most working all day, every day. Here are our tips for fixing dictation on your iPhone.

Make sure dictation is turned on

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
  2. Turn on Enable Dictation.

Check your microphone

Your voice-to-text may not be working due to an issue with your microphone. To check it, open the Voice Memos app on your phone and record a brief message. Then play it back so you can hear if your voice was picked up in the recording. If you don't hear yourself, your microphone may be damaged and in need of repair.

Refresh your Siri settings

If your microphone is working and your Wi-Fi connection is stable, refreshing your Siri® settings could help.

  1. Go to Settings > Siri & Search.
  2. Turn off Press Side Button for Siri or Press Home for Siri as well as Listen for “Hey Siri.
  3. Turn them back on and try again.

Update your iOS

If it's been a while since you've updated your iOS® software, there may be important updates to your microphone or dictation settings that need to be downloaded for them to work properly.

To make sure your device has the latest iOS version, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

If there is an available update, tap Download and Install. Once downloaded, restart your phone and check if your dictation works.

Perform a factory reset

If a software update doesn't resolve your issue, you may need to do a full factory reset. This will return your phone to its original settings and delete your photos, music, apps, and more, so be sure to back up your device first. Check out our guide to how to perform a factory reset for simple instructions.

If you've tried these steps and still need a little help, we're right around the corner. Schedule a repair at the nearest uBreakiFix® by Asurion or Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions™ store and our certified experts can get your device back up and running as soon as the same day.

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