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  1. AC Question's Avatar
    It just writes out "period" "question mark" etc...
    03-16-2016 09:00 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Which phone? Are you using Google Keyboard, and is it up to date?
    03-17-2016 04:57 PM
  3. ConnieZimmermann's Avatar
    Hi, I am having the same problem, which seems to have started over the last couple of weeks. When I say the command, it spells out the word, such as "explanation point" or "comma" or "question mark" instead of giving me the character.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    I'm assuming it is probably related to an update, which unfortunately almost always breaks something when one comes along.

    Thanks!!
    03-28-2016 10:41 AM
  4. ConnieZimmermann's Avatar
    Hi B. Diddy, I am having the same problem as AC Question. I checked my settings and this is what I see:

    Default = Samsung keyboard

    I don't see any selections which pertain to punctuation commands.

    Thank you!
    03-28-2016 10:45 AM
  5. vyperspit's Avatar
    I am having the exact same problem, and so is everyone else I know that has the same phone. It all started about a week ago. It no longer insert punctuation marks, instead it writes out the entire word. And it is happening with both Samsung text to speech, and Google text-to-speech. It's making my work take at least four times as long because I dictate my work into my phone all day long, and now I have to go back in and erase all of these words, and put in the punctuation marks. If someone can figure this out, you will be my hero forever!
    04-03-2016 05:39 AM
  6. gohfastur's Avatar
    I'm having the same problem. Started about a month ago on my Galaxy Note 4. Persists on this brand new Galaxy S7 Edge. Any luck out there?
    04-06-2016 06:09 PM
  7. hikingjax63's Avatar
    Hi everyone I have a Note 5. I'm very new to this. So please be patient.
    I tried doing the pause in between sentences but that didn't seem to work also has anyone else noticed that about the same time that the punctuation started that it always seems to miss the first couple of words when texting or emailing? This is driving me insane exclamation point!
    07-13-2016 02:17 PM
  8. Jaydavepete's Avatar
    I am having the same problem too. I hope someone can find a fix because its annoying to see the word "period" when all i need is a "."
    aspergerian and Ant Mexi like this.
    08-29-2017 05:42 PM
  9. belodion's Avatar
    . Period

    I said "full stop" and "period" to see what my iPhone would do. It did that. Now I'll say "question mark" and "exclamation mark":

    ?!
    08-29-2017 07:05 PM
  10. Ant Mexi's Avatar
    I have a S7 edge as well as a colleague and both have experienced the same issue now for 2 weeks since software upgrade. No punctuation input. The funny thing is I think they have been left out of the dictionary as there is no option to select them when correcting as there used to be. Highly frustrating and no feedback.
    10-02-2017 07:46 AM
  11. Belle Knight's Avatar
    As far as First World Problems go this one has to rank up pretty high on my list of most frustrating daily concerns!
    Ant Mexi likes this.
    10-08-2017 03:14 AM
  12. belodion's Avatar
    As far as First World Problems go this one has to rank up pretty high on my list of most frustrating daily concerns!
    Welcome.

    I dictated something the other day - not on the SE I mentioned above - in which the words “comma” and “question mark” appeared, instead of the symbols. I let it go like that because 1) it’s vaguely amusing, and 2) people will understand what is meant. I recommend this as a life hack.
    10-08-2017 06:07 AM
  13. Tina Kennedy's Avatar
    I have had this same issue for several weeks and now my voice texting won't even spell out the punctuation word much less actually put it in the correct symbol. And to add to the headache it picks out and repeats portions of sentences at random 6 or 8 times.
    Example:
    I like taking walks taking walks taking walks taking walks taking walks taking walks to the store.

    Somebody please help!
    10-28-2017 10:48 PM
  14. Simon Orde's Avatar
    I'm having exactly the same problem as everyone else. If I say the word "comma" it inserts the word "comma" and not ",". It does the same for "period" (incidentally, I'd prefer "full-stop"). It's true enough that if you say the word 'comma' fast enough, you can sometimes get it to add the symbol instead of the word, but it's really hard to consistently do that when you're trying to compose a message in your head. So Google, please fix this! Voice input is a fantastically useful feature. I'm amazed at how good it is. It correctly recognises practically every word I say. But it's rendered almost useless if you can't dictate punctuation.
    10-30-2017 06:16 AM
  15. Simon Orde's Avatar
    Can anyone suggest where and how to complain to Google about this problem? I'm assuming that it's an Android issue?
    10-30-2017 06:34 AM
  16. belodion's Avatar
    Try Google Feedback.
    10-30-2017 07:43 AM
  17. Leslie80530's Avatar
    Yes I totally agree this problem started after the update I hope they send another update soon please excuse the run on sentence as I am unable to punctuate
    11-10-2017 05:12 PM
  18. danoyes1's Avatar
    any update on this topic please?
    11-10-2017 05:20 PM
  19. belodion's Avatar
    Well, not from me comma but then it doesn't really worry me full stop opening bracket dictated using gboard on an LG G3 full stop closing bracket
    11-10-2017 05:48 PM
  20. s5userrr's Avatar
    I have had the problem for several weeks but when I dictate punctuation words, nothing is typed - not the punctuation nor the actual word such as "period". By accident, I discovered that is DOES work if I have data or wifi on, but not if they are off. The rest of voice to texting is fine with data off, just the punctuation words not working.

    Yesterday I did an online chat with Samsung support and she had me delete the cache in the samsung keyboard with no effect. Also had me start up in safe mode and the problem persisted. Her final suggestion was a factory reset, which I declined - not wanting to wipe out years of stuff.

    The Samsung tech said they have no record of any reports of this problem??? I linked her to this thread to which she replied that it is a 3rd party site and not a Samsung site - so it doesn't count I guess. So PLEASE EVERYONE HERE FILE A REPORT WITH SAMSUNG so they are aware: https://us.community.samsung.com/t5/...t-p/CellPhones
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    11-12-2017 07:46 AM
  21. albertalaska's Avatar
    I had this problem a few weeks ago and now again. My Huawei used to understand period, exclamation point, comma, question mark. Then it all stopped except when I said full stop it put a period. So for the second time in about 8 months I did a full factory reset and it all works again. There must be a better way.
    11-13-2017 07:33 PM
  22. lj lar's Avatar
    I all of a sudden lost my punctuation marks also. They were working and just stopped. So I just turned my phone off, and removed the battery for a couple of minutes and put it back in. When I turned my phone back on, I got my punctuation back. Hope that works for others.
    11-15-2017 11:15 AM
  23. s5userrr's Avatar
    Thank you lj lar. I was excited at the possible solution so I just removed my battery as you suggested. Unfortunately, this did not work for me. Still no punctuation by voice.

    I really don't want to do a factory reset - never have and seems quite frightening to me. I really thought it was something in the last android update, but I guess not or everyone would be affected.

    Will continue manually texting I guess.
    11-15-2017 08:41 PM
  24. Fam90's Avatar
    I've noticed that in the last few weeks, first on my LG G3 and now on my Samsung Galaxy S8, that the google voice to text will not add any punctuation without the wifi or data on. PLEASE don't make us have wifi and data on to recognize punctuation. This is so frustrating that I have to switch it on to text people.
    11-19-2017 04:24 PM
  25. s5userrr's Avatar
    I had a long online chat with Verizon since I last wrote. They had me do many things, none of which fixed the problem. Their last recommendation was also a factory reset, which I declined.
    Verizon and I both hope this goes away in the next system update.

    Like the above post, I had discovered that if I have any internet connection on (wifi or data), then dictating punctuation works. It does not work without an internet connection. It used to. Since I have discovered that, no way I will go through the headache of a total reset.
    11-23-2017 12:26 PM
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