Voice recognition is an incredibly useful technology. But it’s not only about giving your virtual assistant commands. Another use is typing out messages, documents and other text on your smartphone using your voice.
If you haven’t tried it before, here’s how you can use voice typing on your Android phone:
Step 1: Make sure you have the right keyboard app
Voice typing is accessed through your keyboard app, so make sure you have one that allows you to type with your voice. The two major apps that offer voice typing are Gboard and SwiftKey. Gboard is pre-installed on many Android devices, but make sure that the app is up to date if you intend to use it.
Step 2: Enable voice typing
Voice typing is not the same as sending a voice note on an app like WhatsApp. The aim is not to record audio to send it, but to convert spoken words into text.
This functionality needs to be enabled. You can access this feature in your settings, under ‘Language and Input’. Depending on your phone brand, the exact location of this menu within your settings may differ. Under this menu, look for the ‘Google Voice Typing’ setting. If you cannot find it, use the search bar available...