When the keyboard is active on my iPhone 4S (running jailbroken iOS 5.1.1 / 6.1.1), there is a key between the space bar and the numeric entry toggle. This key has a microphone on it and tapping it opens voice dictation.

How do you prevent this key from showing up?

Note that the instructions at http://osxdaily.com/2012/05/04/turn-off-dictation-on-ipad-iphone/ do not work; the Keyboard menu does not contain a Dictation toggle.

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    Not sure why you want to do this. The keyboard detects when you are typing and makes the dictation button activate the space bar.
    – Kevin Chen
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 19:08
  • @KevinChen, that's accurate if I'm typing quickly. If I'm typing more slowly, when I pause the dictation button is again active.
    – corvec
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 20:07
  • It also makes a really annoying noise when this happens, even with my phone on silent.
    – corvec
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 20:07

3 Answers 3


There are four things that you can try:

Disable Siri

You can disable Dictation by disabling Siri. Navigate to Settings > General > Siri and turn Siri "Off".

Update PList File

However, understandably, you may want to use Siri, and since you have a jailbroken phone, this appears possible by editing a .plist.

As per this MacRumors post, edit the file /User/Library/Preferences/com.apple.keyboard.plist. Edit it to add the following lines inside of the <dict> block:


Update a different file

Using iFile, edit the file /Users/Library/ConfigurationProfiles/UserSettings.plist

Set restrictedBool > allowDictation > value to Off or false. It should look like this:


Install "NoDictation"

NoDictation is a free jailbreak tweak available from the BigBoss repos (available by default on most iOS jailbreaks). If neither of the previous options work, it may.

  • @corvec, Interesting. What about post #11 (the last one, and by Intell) on the post that I linked to? Does that work? EDIT: I see you found that before my comment. Let me know what happens. Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 19:59
  • @corvec, have you looked in (Restrictions) Parental Controls? I can't look myself this moment but I suppose it's possible that functionality could be disabled in there. Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 21:20
  • @corvec, Try enabling restrictions, set a password you will remember, and then see if Dictation is in there. I doubt it is but it is worth looking. It's looking like Dictation and Siri are +/- one entity. Commented Jan 17, 2013 at 14:24
  • let us continue this discussion in chat
    – corvec
    Commented Jan 17, 2013 at 14:55

Settings > General > Keyboard > Enable Dictation - Switch it to off.

  • Per the OP's question, they are not seeing the setting you reference in your answer.
    – tubedogg
    Commented Oct 26, 2014 at 3:52
  • Sorry tubedogg-I see that now. Sorry. I just did that though, and it worked for me. Go figure. :)
    – McFluffy
    Commented Oct 26, 2014 at 9:44
  • As of iOS 8.1 on an iPhone 6+, those instructions work - so that's something, at least.
    – corvec
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 20:40

Disabling Siri is the only way I can think of. Go to Settings > General > Siri > slide the switch to Off


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