Is there a way to have iOS voice dictation spell out numbers? I mean speaking 145 and having it write "one hundred forty five"; this would be useful in English and other languages. Although it’s not that common to spell out numbers in English, in my experience it seems a lot more common in foreign languages such as Italian and German. It’s really difficult to spell out the very long words in those languages and so this would be a gr8 feature

I’ve done a lot of searching and tried different things but nothing seems to work, including here on stack exchange where almost everything on this topic is several years old. In fact some of the posts I read indicate that there was the reverse problem years ago that was solved by saying “numeral” beforehand to avoid spelling the number.

Edit: In response to @MeanAverageMeanie I installed GBoard and tried dictating "eleven plus fourteen equals twentyfive" in Italian, German, and English. Unfortunately, it still produced numerals rather than spelled words in each case, as seen below using Gboard within the iOS Mail app: enter image description here

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    I guess sometimes we have to accept that some things are not possible... By the way, "numeral" still work, and can make you able to write "2" instead of "to" if you have a simple number. Jul 30 '19 at 13:51
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    @AncAinu Perhaps by "not possible" you mean "not possible anymore"? If so, I'm ready to agree. Just kind of funny to have a situation where you can say, "Well, iOS used to be able to do that, but lost the ability after upgrades..."
    – Tony M
    Jul 30 '19 at 18:53

The answer is to install Google’s GBoard keyboard. Its voice dictation feature automatically spells out numbers like “forty-five” rather than typing them out as “45”. I don’t know why iOS doesn’t do this. I’ve tried, but ultimately it was Google to the rescue. It also works in other languages, i.e. French “quarante-cinq” and Spanish "cuarenta y cinco”.

  • Thanks for your response. I tried what you suggested but it did not work for me. I've edited my original post to provide an image and further details. Can you provide an image and further details demonstrating what you see when you do the same test?
    – Tony M
    Oct 26 '19 at 11:18

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