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    I have been using Slide-It keyboard because I like using voice to text because I'm dyslexic and it's easier for me. But it's been giving me issues for several months.

    I recently found out that the default Samsung keyboard can do voice to text. But I can't figure out how to use that feature.

    I don't have a microphone icon!

    Samsung Galaxy Note 5

    Samsung updates are up to date.

    Android Version 7.0

    Android security patch March 1, 2018.

    I use Touchwiz home, whatever that is.

    I went to SETTINGS - GENERAL MANAGEMENT - LANGUAGE AND INPUT - TEXT TO SPEECH

    And checked "Google text to speech."

    Still no microphone icon.

    I searched Google and found an old thread in this forum that says:

    "setting: more: application manager: scroll to the right to you see at the top "TURNED OFF" look for "google search" its a blue box with a G in the middle of it.. turn it on and you will have the microphone back on...."

    But I don't have anything called APPLICATION MANAGER.

    When I go into settings I see APPS where I can turn permissions on/off. There is nothing that says Google Search.

    I went to the Play Store but there is nothing called GOOGLE SEARCH.

    I have been struggling with this for over 4 hours and am beyond frustrated.

    Please help me get voice to text working.
    04-13-2018 12:16 AM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    I use Touchwiz home, whatever that is.
    That's your launcher - the homescreens and the app drawer. Nothing to do with voice to text.

    I went to SETTINGS - GENERAL MANAGEMENT - LANGUAGE AND INPUT - TEXT TO SPEECH

    And checked "Google text to speech."

    Still no microphone icon.
    Try a few other keyboards - I prefer the SwiftKey Keyboard - and it has a mic.

    I searched Google and found an old thread in this forum that says:

    "setting: more: application manager: scroll to the right to you see at the top "TURNED OFF" look for "google search" its a blue box with a G in the middle of it.. turn it on and you will have the microphone back on...."
    That's a VERY old thread - it doesn't work that way any more.

    When I go into settings I see APPS where I can turn permissions on/off. There is nothing that says Google Search.
    Not any more.

    Just try other keyboards. As I said, Swiftkey has a mic key. But the text to speech is the same one, no matter which keyboard you use. (Check in Settings - maybe in Languages and Keyboards. (In Settings there should be a search bar at the top. Search for keyboard.) You may be able to turn Voice to Text on as the default input. Then when you tap a text box that will normally bring up the keyboard, it just brings Voice to Text up - no keyboard needed.

    Also, look in Google Play for other voice to text apps. The default isn't the only one
    Acadia_ca likes this.
    04-13-2018 02:24 PM
  3. Acadia_ca's Avatar
    Thank you! I just downloaded SwiftKey.

    So far so good!

    I'm a very articulate speaker but Slide-It couldn't understand me half the time. The keyboard constantly stopped working. The text from the UK keyboard/voice text, came out in a completely foreign language, like Russian text.

    Hopefully SwiftKey will be the answer. Thanks again!

    PS: it's interesting that Samsung's default keyboard can't do voice to text.
    04-13-2018 04:47 PM

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