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Beyond Siri: Dictation tricks for the iPhone and iPad

Kirk McElhearn | Sept. 24, 2013
Tired of trying to type on your iPhone or iPad's tiny keyboard? Try these tricks for dictating.

Add emoticons: Do you want to type smileys? It's easier to dictate them than to switch to the number keyboard. Just say "smiley," "winky," or "frowny," for :-) , ;-) , or :-( .

Proofread what you dictate: While some errors will be obvious, and other misinterpretations may have blue dotted lines highlighting them, there will be typos—or, more correctly, speech-os.

As you get used to dictating into your iPhone or iPad, you'll figure out the right cadence and volume to get the most precise recognition. If you need to type a lot on an iOS device, try using dictation. Whether you use it for text messages or emails, it may save you a lot of time.


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