How to use Siri Voice Dictation on the new iPad 3

User guides Jamie Slattery 14:59, 16 Mar 2012

We show you how to make use of the new iPad 3’s Siri Voice Dictation function

If you're familiar with both the iPad 1 and 2, you'll notice that the new iPad (running iOS 5.1) features an addition: a microphone button on the on-screen keyboard. 

Similar to Siri on the iPhone 4S, voice dictation allows you to dictate text instead of typing. 

Most apps that make use of the standard on-screen keyboard will allow you to dictate text, but you may find some are not yet compatible.

Here's a quick guide on how to use voice dictation: 

  1. Check voice dictation is turned on by going to Settings> General> Keyboard > Dictation, also ensure your iPad has a connection to the internet.
  2. Within an app such as Pages or Mail, tap on the screen to reveal the on-screen keyboard.
  3. Towards the lower left section of the keyboard you should find the voice dictation logo. Simply tap this and you're ready to go.
  4. Simply say what you wish to be written in a clear voice. Make sure you use punctuation commands such as "full stop", "new paragraph" and "at sign" to guarantee perfectly typed text. 
  5. Once you've finished dictating tap the microphone button again and a few seconds later your text should appear. If you've got more to add your document or email simply repeat steps 3 and 4.

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