Getting to know my new iPad and I really like the voice dictation, but I can't figure out how to activate it from my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard. My workaround is to turn off the keyboard so I get the onscreen version. Is there a better way?


As of iOS 5.1, Voice Dictation is not capable of being started from external keyboards.

There is a workaround. The solution is that when you want to dictate, press the key (eject) on your external keyboard. This should bring up the virtual keyboard on the screen, from which you can then start dictation.

Note: This key doesn't work like other function keys until you have tapped into a text entry field and have the flashing cursor.

  • @HenrikBennetsen: Not a problem! – sudo rm -rf Mar 27 '12 at 2:23
  • this did not work on my zag keyboard that key closes the app. – user76950 Apr 29 '14 at 3:10

press the keyboard tab (first line) when you want to switch between keyboards. They mic will work after that. I have a Logitech bluetooth keyboard on my Ipad Air 2. I hope it helps.

  • Where is that keyboard tab? – Avi Feb 17 '18 at 22:15
  • Press and Hold the Down Arrow / Chevron at the bottom of the screen so the On Screen keyboard comes up, then press Dictation Button... – geilt Nov 9 '18 at 17:18

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