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Voice dictation is the ability to interpret human speech and transcribe it into text for use in applications.

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How can I get the "Dictate text" action in a Shortcut to wait longer for the user to speak?

In a set of workflows I'm developing, I pause the workflow to wait for the user to do something and wait for the user to speak certain keywords. The step to wait for the user to speak uses the Dictate ...
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How do I use dictation and play my music in iTunes on my Mac at the same time?

How do I use dictation and play my music in iTunes on my iMac running macOS Sonoma 14.3.1 at the same time?
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How do I prevent audio from muting when I use dictation?

I interview people on zoom and write notes on my thoughts as they speak. I type slowly and would like to dictate while they're talking (while my Zoom mic is muted). However, every time I begin ...
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Apple TV no longer allows dictation into Search fields

On Apple TV, when searching for content in various apps, on the screen with an alphabet used to type into the Search form, we see a prompt inviting us to press the Siri button to dictate rather than ...
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How to change language of dictation without changing keyboard input source?

I'm working with an English external keyboard with a Mac (currently running Sonoma) hat also has a built-in German keyboard which I only use occasionally. I use dictation in both English and German. ...
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The "hyphen" dictation command inserts en-dash instead

The help article Commands for dictating text on Mac state that if we say "hyphen", it should be the hyphen character (U+002D), but instead it places the en dash (U+2013). I remember this on ...
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Prevent dictation from using contact names

I recently added a new contact, Purevbaatar, to my new iPhone. Now dictation loves transcribing every other word as Purevbaatar, especially in noisy environments. Dictation really writes Purevbaatar a ...
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One of our Apple TV 4K devices does not permit speaking the characters when entering a password

Title says it all. We have two Apple TV 4K devices. One of them lets us speak each character of a password when in a password data-entry screen. The other Apple TV 4K does not. Is there some way to ...
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Looking for an on-screen way to trigger dictation in Ventura -- language processing disorder

I'm helping out a friend who has aphasia, a language processing disorder, who has trouble reading and saying certain things. Dictation in MacOS is very useful for him, but pressing specific keys on ...
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Microphone doesnt work for dictation but works fine (tested in voice memos) in other apps

I've been trying to add dictation into my workflows and it works fine using my macbook pro's (m2 max) internal mic. However when in clamshell mode, the dictation feature wont use an alternative audio ...
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How to change language of dictation on the fly in Ventura (or newer versions of macOS)

I use the speech dictation tool to dictate text. But I do so in two different languages. To change the language of the dictation tool requires mouse clicking a few times which I try to avoid (hence ...
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iOS dictation "listening" beep sound missing

In the last few days, the beep sound is missing from iOS dictation (but not macOS dictation). When I tap the dictation button in the iOS keyboard, I expect a beep sound to indicate it is listening, as ...
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speech to text on iOS continually makes same mistake

As a person who uses speech to text very often, I need a reliable method of conversion. While I know this technology is not perfect, but I keep running into the same error and wonder if there is ...
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change language of speech / text dictation with keyboard shortcut

I have my dictation feature set up with two languages. Both of them work, but to change the language I always need to click on the small pop up dialogue twice with my mouse. For accessibility reasons, ...
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Is there a NATIVE way to add punctuation using Dictation on an iPhone?

I like using dictation when I’m on my iPhone to speed up text entry but I have a problem when it comes to punctuation. I have been able to fire away at some things like saying “period” or “question ...
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How do I add a ‘new paragraph’ or ‘new line’ when using Dictation

I have a Mac Mini M1 running Ventura. I am using a text editor, but I have tried this in other software, including Notes. From time to time I try to give Dictation a go, but there are some things I ...
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Is there a way of converting voice memos to text?

I would like to record some notes with Voice Memos and transcribe that to text when the time comes. It seems that since both are part of macOS, there must be a way of linking the two. Failing that is ...
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How to silence iMessage's Voice Message sound?

I almost never use the Voice Message feature of iMessage. But I accidentally trigger it probably at least once a month. Sometimes, I swear, I haven't even tapped the icon - maybe it is also triggered ...
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Under what circumstances do apple's dictation models “learn”?

Is there any scope for specifically training or teaching it to match individual voice and usage patterns? I would be happy to do whatever is needed to help voice control dictation become more accurate ...
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How can I enable audio recording of keyboard dictation sounds?

I have an irritating problem using iOS 14 keyboard dictation*. So, I've tried to reproduce the problem and record the behaviour using Screen Recorder. My problem is that once the keyboard is listening ...
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Japanese speech to text to use kanji for numbers by default?

I use speech-to-text to practice Japanese. When I say numbers in Japanese, it inputs Arabic numerals for the number parts of the words instead of kanji. For example, if I say "one" in ...
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How to command siri to start recording my voice?

On an iPad Pro with iPadOS 15.0.2, how do I tell Siri to start recording my voice? When I say “Siri, record a voice memo”, it opens voice memo, but I still need to push the record button for the ...
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Dictation stopped working macOS Monterey version 12

On a new 2021 Macbook, with macOS Monterey 12.0, I used Dictation frequently. A few days ago Dictation just stopped working completely. The microphone overlay pops up but there is not movement in ...
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How do I use Mac dictation in Google Docs?

I'm using macOS 12.3.1 and Google Chrome 101, and I want to be able to use macOS's dictation in Google Docs, but I couldn't activate the dictation prompt in Google Docs. I tried assigning a different ...
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Can I use dictation in MacOS with Apple Watch?

Dictation is great in MacOS, Apple watch is also a great gadget always follows us. Can I use Apple watch as voice input source to Dictation?
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iOS - voice dictate - add time with seconds

I can voice dictate "9:53 AM." Is there a way to voice dictate "9:53 1 second AM" to "9:53:01 AM" without saying the numbers and the colon?
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Permanently disable "Enable Dictation" keyboard shortcut in Monterey

Is it possible to permanently disable all keyboard shortcuts that toggle the "Enable Dictation" dialog in Monterey? In previous versions of macOS, the dialog had a "Don't Ask Again&...
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Voice control continuous dictation drops out when switching application windows (Monterey, M1, 8GB)

Voice control on Monterey (with M1 hardware) is now excellent, and I'm using it all the time for the past few days, along with the head pointer. It's now so good that I'm becoming frustrated that it's ...
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How do I enable on-device dictation?

I struggle to get on-device dication going on my M1 Mac. I know that it is not working, because dictation terminates after 60 seconds. A footnote on macOS Monterey's Features page says that this ...
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Any way to permanently fix a reoccuring iOS Dictation error?

On iOS (15.1, iPhone 13 Pro Max) voice dictation, whenever I say my son's name Andrew, it always transcribes it as Andrew) with the end parenthesis attached. It's not even like its picking the wrong ...
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macOS Dictation: Some commands don’t work

I am experimenting with Mac OS dictation. The problem is that I can’t get many of the commands listed on https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/mac-help/mh40695/mac to work. In particular I can’t get ...
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In Big Sur, is there a way to increase the voice dictation timeout?

I enjoy using the voice dictation feature on Big Sur - it is very accurate and for me it is substantially quick than type. Except it just cuts off after about 30 seconds. Is there a way to increase ...
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Voice dictation intermittently stops working for Catalina

I have voice dication enabled (settings > keyboard > dictation) and set to activate with Fn Fn. It works beautifully for a while, but then just stops. A reboot appears to fix it. But then it ...
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iPhone 11 - Dictation commands for navigation and editing?

Due to an injury in my shoulder, I'm relying more and more on iPhone dictation to write emails and WhatsApp messages. It works like a charm when my words are understood correctly; however, I have been ...
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How to get Apple dictation to work with YouTube?

I seem to be having problems using Apple dictation to dictate comments associated with a YouTube video. Is anyone having this problem, and what do I need to do to make Apple dictation work with it?
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Is it possible to train iMessage dictation to avoid certain errors?

When I dictate, iMessage does not recognize plurals most of the time but creates a possessive instead, even when the grammar is unambiguous. I will say something like "it has useful features"...
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Dictation on macOS frequently stalls the computer

For the physically incapacitated, macOS dictation is a lifesaver. However, I find that frequently using this utility grinds the system to a halt. Responsiveness goes down to 0 over a few seconds, the ...
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How to delete audio input option in system preferences macOS

I've got a problem: Since I am using my new Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro dock, the macOS dictation won't work anymore. It seems like macOS won't use the internal microphone for dictation. I changed the ...
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How to lower the Alert volume when starting/ending the dictation?

How can we control (lower) the alert sound when starting and ending the dictation in MacOS ? I tried to control that in the preferences for Alert Volume but it doesn't change anything for the ...
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How to automate Voice Control to manipulate the currently selected text?

Because I have limited use of my hands, I use Voice Control to dictate most of my text. (I'm using it to speak this question.) Voice Control offers the ability to add custom commands, including those ...
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How can I stop or pause spoken text playback with Siri?

While listening to a book or article using the Speak Screen function, there is no handsfree way to make it stop. If you take out the AirPods, Siri keeps reading the content out loud from the phone. Is ...
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Can iOS and Mac OS be capable of recognising punctuations in speech-to-text transcription?

I have been using iOS for about nine years, and Mac OS X for about six, though I use dictation a lot more on my iOS device. In any case, it is necessary to say things such as period or full stop, ...
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How do I get my iPhone to type a . instead of the word period?

Ever since the last software update to iOS 14.2, Siri is very inconsistent about when to type punctuation for a period. It seems to only affect certain contacts, and is inconsistent in emails. For ...
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Use iOS dictation on macOS

There is a huge difference in voice recognition accuracy between macOS and iOS. I don't know if this is because I use dictation more frequently on iOS or because they use a different engine on the two ...
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Does IOS Dictation Database Contain “UGH”

I recently had someone reply to me over text and they claim “speech” to text wrote “ugh” instead of “huh”. It was part of a text that offended me by how it was written and I believe they intentionally ...
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CATALINA: Override automatic mute triggered by Dictation

PROBLEM Transcription Step 2 Instructions indicates: When you’re running Dictation, your computer automatically mutes all audio that’s playing. To override this, you’ll need to run two commands in ...
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Voice dictation repeats whole sentences in a big garbled chunk on Mac OS X High Sierra

Problem: During macOS dictation, it sometimes repeat-types the sentence I have spoken multiple times in a row. This seems to happen randomly. Sometimes every minute or two, sometimes taking up to 20 ...
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Use Google speech to text instead of Apple's

Google currently has much higher quality speech transcription. You can try it easily by going to doc.new and pressing Cmd-Shift-S and talking. Compare to using the built in system from Apple (pressing ...
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How to turn off the Siri dictation "beep" sound on macOS Catalina?

Before Catalina there was an option to turn off the "beep" sound. ( The sound you have when you double press Fn button ) Now that option is gone in Catalina. And the trick to remove the ...
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How do I add new pronunciations to apple dictation?

I am a mathematician, and I am also dyslexic. I am trying to use the dictation software (not voice over) on my MacBook pro to write documents. I want to teach it certain pronunciations of words for ...
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