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Can't dictate text with shared photo
#59173 07/20/21 01:13 AM
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I can dictate my texts on my iPhone, but when I send a text using the share button for photos, the dictation feature doesn't work and I have to type it in which I do very slowly. I've never gotten the hang of fast texting using my thumbs. frown

Any ideas?


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Re: Can't dictate text with shared photo
plantsower #59178 07/20/21 01:17 PM
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I am running iOS 15.0 b3 but I can dictate both the addressee and message using share to Messages or Mail from Photo 🤷‍♂️. Just select the image, click the share icon, select the medium, touch where the text is to be inserted, then touch the microphone icon and dictate. Admittedly it can be a bit tricky getting the insertion point right, but that is more a factor of fat fingers than anything else.

FWIW I can't thumb type either.



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joemikeb #59180 07/20/21 06:21 PM
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Thanks, Joe. But that is exactly what I do. It just won't respond. Usually when I click the microphone it makes a noise, but in this instance no noise to let me know it's live. I tried dictating anyway but nothing happened. frown



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I am running iOS 15.0 b3 but I can dictate both the addressee and message using share to Messages or Mail from Photo 🤷‍♂️. Just select the image, click the share icon, select the medium, touch where the text is to be inserted, then touch the microphone icon and dictate. Admittedly it can be a bit tricky getting the insertion point right, but that is more a factor of fat fingers than anything else.

FWIW I can't thumb type either.


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plantsower #59181 07/20/21 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by plantsower
Thanks, Joe. But that is exactly what I do. It just won't respond. Usually when I click the microphone it makes a noise, but in this instance no noise to let me know it's live. I tried dictating anyway but nothing happened. frown
  1. Have you restarted your iPhone?
  2. Am I correct in assuming you have Enable Dictation turned on in Settings > General > Keyboards? and that dictation works in other apps?
  3. Have you checked Settings > Privacy > Microphone to see if perhaps the microphone is set OFF for Messages?
  4. Do you have AirPods or any kind of headphone or headset connected either by Bluetooth or USB?



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Re: Can't dictate text with shared photo
joemikeb #59182 07/20/21 08:44 PM
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Thank you! Step 1 took care of it. Again, I keep forgetting the simple fixes.

Originally Posted by joemikeb
Originally Posted by plantsower
Thanks, Joe. But that is exactly what I do. It just won't respond. Usually when I click the microphone it makes a noise, but in this instance no noise to let me know it's live. I tried dictating anyway but nothing happened. frown
  1. Have you restarted your iPhone?
  2. Am I correct in assuming you have Enable Dictation turned on in Settings > General > Keyboards? and that dictation works in other apps?
  3. Have you checked Settings > Privacy > Microphone to see if perhaps the microphone is set OFF for Messages?
  4. Do you have AirPods or any kind of headphone or headset connected either by Bluetooth or USB?


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plantsower #59183 07/20/21 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by plantsower
Thank you! Step 1 took care of it. Again, I keep forgetting the simple fixes.

We all do that, but I tell myself it is not so much a matter of forgetting the simple fixes, rather our Apple devices have become so stable that we don't need to clutter our brains remembering them. (At least that sounds better than admitting I have senior moments. 👴🏻)



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joemikeb #59186 07/20/21 11:56 PM
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Amen, brother! You're right. I sometimes can't see why I should reboot to fix a problem. It doesn't seem related. I remember more to reboot my Mac than I do my phone. Lesson learned (as long as I can remember it)! LOL!




Originally Posted by joemikeb
Originally Posted by plantsower
Thank you! Step 1 took care of it. Again, I keep forgetting the simple fixes.

We all do that, but I tell myself it is not so much a matter of forgetting the simple fixes, rather our Apple devices have become so stable that we don't need to clutter our brains remembering them. (At least that sounds better than admitting I have senior moments. 👴🏻)


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plantsower #59188 07/21/21 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by plantsower
Thanks, Joe. But that is exactly what I do. It just won't respond. Usually when I click the microphone it makes a noise, but in this instance no noise to let me know it's live. I tried dictating anyway but nothing happened. frown

I have had this problem on occasion and it seems to correspond to a momentary loss of a network connection, either cellular or wi-fi. Look to see if that is the case when the problem crops up. As suggested, a power off and on of the iPhone might clear it up.


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Ira L #59197 07/21/21 06:28 PM
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As suggested, a power off and on of the iPhone might clear it up. [/quote]

Which is did! Thanks, Ira.


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