iOS dictation is a great feature, which mostly works both for Siri and for apps supporting an onscreen keyboard.

However: is there a voice command I can use to backspace or delete the last word? I found a good guide here, but there is no delete command: http://www.siriuserguide.com/siri-dictation-guide/

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It doesn't seem like it is possible.

The closest I have seen is to use 'shake to undo' which will then select your entire last phrase/sentence. It's then possible to adjust that selection & delete as required.

Not what you wanted, I'm aware.

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    There are some "editing" commands you can tell Siri, e.g., saying "new line" will cause Siri to move to the next line -- but I haven't found anything for deleting the last word either.
    – Ken
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 18:17

just figured it out, you have to say "select word" and then say "delete that".. its working for me !

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    It doesn't work for me (iOS 10). It just writes the words literally
    – jfs
    Commented Jul 29, 2017 at 18:45
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    Still does not work, just tried it in iOS 14.3. Commented Dec 20, 2020 at 22:44
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    I think you have to enable voice control for that. Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 23:34

I've struggled with this for a while, until I finally figured out the way, in which Apple UX designer intended for us to use this feature: "If dictation isn’t sure what word it heard, you'll see a blue line under the transcribed word so you can check it for accuracy. To make corrections, tap the underlined word, then select the correct spelling. To replace a word, double-tap it, tap the microphone button , then say it again, and tap the keyboard button iPhone keyboard."

here is the list of all supported commands, and delete isn't one of them: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208343

The good news is, if dictation made a mistake, you can just tap the keyboard button, then tap on the underlined word, and it will show you the alternatives. This works pretty well for me. Cheers!


"delete this" works for me using mac dictation

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    The question is about iOS dictation.
    – grg
    Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 9:27

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