I use the dictation feature on my iPhone a lot – far more than I use Siri really. In fact, it sometimes seems that Siri and the keyboard dictation uses different voice recognition engines as what you access via the keyboard icon is often far more accurate.
In case you are not aware, the dictation is available on your iPhone or iPad everytime you use a keyboard. It is accessed by clicking on the small microphone icon to the left of the space bar.
Although less private, dictating is far faster than typing with your thumbs. The trick is to know all of the commands that your phone understands and so I thought I’d compile a list from every source I could find. This should be the complete list, but if you find any others that are not here – please let me know in the comments or via my contact page.
The complete list of iPhone and iPad dictation commands.
|New line||New line (next line)|
|New paragraph||New paragraph (will have a gap between lines)|
|Cap||Capitalise the next word|
|Caps on.. [section of text] ..caps off||Capitalise a section of text|
|No caps||Make the next word lowercase|
|No caps on.. [section of text] ..no caps off||Next section of text that you speak will not be capitalised|
|All caps||Make the next word all uppercase|
|No space on.. [section of text] ..no space off||Prevent a section of text from having spaces between words|
|Period or Full stop||.|
|Quote or “quotation mark”||“|
|Inverted question mark||¿|
|Inverted exclamation point||¡|
|Ellipsis or “dot dot dot”||…|
|Greater than sign||>|
|Less than sign||<|
|Frowny or “frowny face” or “frown face”||🙁|
|Smiley or “smiley face” or “smile face”||🙂|
|Winky or “winky face” or “wink face”||😉|
|E.g. (pronounced as “e g”)||e.g.|
|i.e. (pronounced as “i e”)||i.e.|