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  1. mikeinstlouis's Avatar
    I use the Google voice to text feature all the time, I dictate my text messages, pretty much everything. Now, it seems to work fine for a little bit then all of a sudden that tap to pause box with the little microphone will not go away, I know there's a little X in the upper right corner to get rid of it if you want to, but I can tap on that for hours and it will never go away. I always have to end up rebooting my phone. Has anyone else ever had this problem with the little voice to dictation,,, microphone thingy and Google? It's getting very annoying. Thank you for your help!

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    09-23-2015 12:52 PM
  2. baxaho's Avatar
    I as well had this happen starting yesterday Wednesday Sept 24.....it works fine for a while, then freezes exactly as your screenshot shows....I can still navigate my phone..go home..go to app drawer..etc..., but cannot see anything under the voice to text box and cannot close the box without doing a full reboot. I tried clearing cache fro the google text engine...even uninstalling all the updates for it but still freezes. Today I went all day without it freezing, then on my drive home...I had to reboot the phone 5 times because it kept hanging.

    Hope somebody has a solution as this just started for both of us yesterday.

    I use it for FB Messenger and Texting all the time

    bax
    Motorola Droid Turbo
    09-24-2015 04:50 PM
  3. Jen6483's Avatar
    I have been having this issue for the past day or so. It is annoying and the only way I can seem to "fix" it is to reboot the device entirely. I couldn't find anything other than clearing message cache. Since I am totally device-stupid, I googled how to do such a thing and ended up on Androidpit. I cannot post links yet (account too new) so just search "How to clear the cache on the Galaxy S5 for better performance". It took probably less than a minute to complete. Prior to this, my voice text screen would freeze while trying to send a second message. Since I cleared the cache partition, it has worked fine. *knock on wood* that it stays that way.

    Figured I would let you know since no one else has responded yet and I have seen a few people ask about it now. It's worth a shot.
    09-24-2015 07:59 PM
  4. Jen6483's Avatar
    Sorry, I probably have mentioned that I have a Galaxy S5.
    09-24-2015 08:02 PM
  5. Lorroth1's Avatar
    Exact same thing happening to me..started yesterday
    09-24-2015 08:17 PM
  6. rolling18's Avatar
    ADD ME TO THIS LIST!!
    JUST STARTED HAPPENING TO ME ABOUT 2 HRS AGO!!
    GALAXY S6

    I SIGNED UP FOR THIS FORUM just for this problem
    waiting for a fix....

    going to verizin store tomorrow
    09-24-2015 10:12 PM
  7. baxaho's Avatar
    Please let us know what Verizon says...mine is verizon also although I doubt it is a carrier issue. Very odd that it seems to have happened to all of us on Wednesday, so had to be some update that I am not finding.

    Jen, I did the cache clear first thing and it still hangs...in fact, this morning, it froze after using it for an hour on messenger....then rebooted, and first use it froze again, reboot, and again froze on first use.....getting annoying to say the least!
    Lorroth1 likes this.
    09-25-2015 08:17 AM
  8. scuba_steve's Avatar
    Same problem. Note 4 on Verizon.

    Very frustrating. Rebooting is the only solution I have found thus far. Started about a week or two ago.
    Lorroth1 likes this.
    09-25-2015 11:46 PM
  9. Lorroth1's Avatar
    I as well had this happen starting yesterday Wednesday Sept 24.....it works fine for a while, then freezes exactly as your screenshot shows....I can still navigate my phone..go home..go to app drawer..etc..., but cannot see anything under the voice to text box and cannot close the box without doing a full reboot. I tried clearing cache fro the google text engine...even uninstalling all the updates for it but still freezes. Today I went all day without it freezing, then on my drive home...I had to reboot the phone 5 times because it kept hanging.

    Hope somebody has a solution as this just started for both of us yesterday.

    I use it for FB Messenger and Texting all the time

    bax
    Motorola Droid Turbo
    09-26-2015 05:07 AM
  10. Lorroth1's Avatar
    Ditto here. Hoping someone knows why
    09-26-2015 05:08 AM
  11. cccthethird's Avatar
    The solution posted by Jen6483 is the easiest I've found. I have a Note 4 and it worked for me, her solution will probably work for all Galaxy phones. Google "How to clear the cache on the Galaxy S5 for better performance" and follow the instructions, its very easy to do.

    BTW: On my phone the problem happens consistently when I have the "tap to speak" dialog shown and I turn off the screen using the power button.
    09-29-2015 09:12 PM
  12. cccthethird's Avatar
    Correction - it did happen consistently as I described but has not happened since I cleared the cache.
    09-29-2015 09:14 PM
  13. Doug Alder's Avatar
    T-Mobile Note 4, same problem. cleared cache but same problem keeps coming back (tap to speak freezes on screen). Doubtful it is the carrier, google needs to fix this very soon. *frustrated*
    09-30-2015 11:53 AM
  14. Dave1767's Avatar
    Verizon Note 4 - same problem.
    I have cleared cache, uninstalled and reinstalled the app, factory reset the phone, nothing helps. It appears to freeze totally at random after using the voice app. Only temporary fix for me has been a reboot.
    scrowe likes this.
    09-30-2015 12:10 PM
  15. carintoti's Avatar
    This has been happening to me to for a couple of weeks (so approx Sept 13th it started)
    I have to re-start every time as well.
    Anyone find out what is happening???
    scrowe likes this.
    09-30-2015 02:07 PM
  16. kc4braves's Avatar
    I am having the same issues to the point that I want to throw my Note 3 out the window! I read how to clear the cache and did that. it worked for a few hours and now the problem is back. Can't answer the phone when it rings because of this and have to turn the phone to landscape to see and reply to texts messages. Sometimes rebooting the phone may fix it for a few hours and sometimes the problem returns immediately. This and other issues started after updating to 5.0. I really hope someone has some answers because I paid a lot for this phone and do not think it is right that through no fault of my own that I can see, my phone doesn't work right. Help.

    KC
    scrowe likes this.
    09-30-2015 03:06 PM
  17. shamlesteberg's Avatar
    Ugh!!! Me too as of a few hours ago. I have S4 and Sprint. Randomly pops up and won't go away unless I reboot. 4 times in the last 3 hours!!
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    09-30-2015 03:26 PM
  18. scrowe's Avatar
    Found a solution at least for Samsung, go to settings>application manager>all>google app>uninstall updates. after that you have to go to playstore >settings > turn off auto updates.

    It looks when this app updates it has some bugs and causes this to happen so turn off updates until a fix comes out.
    Hope that helps... you will be using the older version of google voice but that seems better that constantly restarting your phone.

    It appears to be a google software issue not an carrier or samsung issue.
    09-30-2015 05:17 PM
  19. uhaneikaao's Avatar
    Possible alternative interim solution:

    I have a Moto X (gen 1) This has been happening to be as well for a week or two. I had been previously rebooting the phone and shouting at it to clear the "tap to talk" message (shouting did not work, just helped my frustration).

    However I found that if I hit the double squares, that pull up the open application lists and swipe away the Google app (G) it will close out the "tap to talk" window. The catch is, you have to have enough other apps open to be able to see it above the "tap to talk" screen.

    I tried to go to setting, apps to force close, but both the google app and the ok button on force close show up behind the screen. I keep a pretty lean home screen, so I have added a couple of extra "reachable" apps on one of the far to the left screens, so I can get a few extra apps added if I dont have enough. This still isn't optimal for driving, but as my Moto X has the open mic all the time, I can work around it with other voice commands for the most part, hopefully they will patch it soon.

    Google's voice to text box will not go away.-googleissue.jpg
    10-01-2015 10:07 AM
  20. lajohnson2006's Avatar
    Thank you for the suggestion to uninstall google updates. I had also switched from the default Google keyboard to the Samsung keyboard and that seemed to help. Not sure if this was just coincidental or not as I am not super smartphone savvy...just know enough to be dangerous. LOL!

    Can anyone tell me if switching to Samsung Keyboard will restrict anything?
    venture996 likes this.
    10-01-2015 12:10 PM
  21. Fathertedisdead's Avatar
    I have not found a permanent fix, but came across a better temporary solution than rebooting. I have a Samsung S5 and ever since the latest system update I have been having the same problem as described in this forum. When I use the Voice to text function in text messages the box almost always freezes. What I did is when the box is stuck I open the "Google Voice Search" app which also prompts me to speak, I then hit the double boxes in bottom left and close the "Google Voice Search" app and the stuck box closes. I prefer to do this then always rebooting.
    10-02-2015 07:53 AM
  22. Boooya's Avatar
    Add me to the list as well.
    Note 4 on Verizon.
    10-02-2015 02:05 PM
  23. bhobbster62's Avatar
    Scrowes solution worked for me, on a Samsung S5 with Android 5.0. What a relief!!!

    "Found a solution at least for Samsung, go to settings>application manager>all>google app>uninstall updates. after that you have to go to playstore >settings > turn off auto updates."
    10-02-2015 05:03 PM
  24. Bobnla's Avatar
    Two things, thanks to uhaneikaao (post #19) and cccthethird (post #11) I now know that yeah, it happens when you have the speech window open and hit the power button to make it sleep. Screen will not go away after that. But #19 uhaneikaao post saying that going to home screen, doing voice search (I moved my button to the top of the screen before testing), then pressing the appswitcher button in lower left, (voice search is first screen) then swiping left to get rid of voice search causes the speech to text window to close and I get my phone back without rebooting.

    Good luck.
    I hope this helps.
    And it may be a while for a fix as this is not causing an error to send to Google
    Hopefully they see this thread.
    10-03-2015 12:02 AM
  25. Harry Price1's Avatar
    How would we know when this gets resolved or find out? because my phone now constantly asking and requiring me to update it.
    10-03-2015 10:26 AM
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