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  1. jonclem's Avatar
    I have a Redmi Note 2 with android 5. It shows google keyboard in "installed apps" but there is no "settings" to be seen in the app. There is no microphone icon in browser search or text input field. Any idea how to operate this for voice input?
    Many thanks,
    03-17-2016 04:08 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Go to Settings>Language & Input, and tap the Google Keyboard listing there, then Preferences, and turn on the Voice Input Key.
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    03-17-2016 03:07 PM
  3. jonclem's Avatar
    Hi Bo Diddy,
    Thanks very much for taking the time to reply, much appreciated.
    I had tried what you suggested but in "preferences" all the options were switched ON, (Auto-capitalisation,Double space full stop, Vibrate on keypress, Sound on key press and Voice input key). But there is no microphone icon anywhere to be seen, (I see it on my tablet in the "google search" box and in the text input box when I write a text). I was goint to uninstall and then reinstall but the only option was uninstall updates.
    As said, the phone is an Xiaomi Note 2, android 5.0.2, MIUI 7, Octa-core 2.2 with 2Gb RAM. It was shipped wit google keyboard installed, (but NOT working!!)
    I would be very grateful if someone could suggest another thing to try.
    Many thanks,
    03-18-2016 05:32 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Can you show us a screenshot of what your keyboard looks like when you're trying to enter text into a field?
    03-18-2016 11:50 AM
  5. jonclem's Avatar
    Hi B Diddy,
    I now have the microphone icon when the keyboard comes up but touching it does not bring up the "speak now" invitation. There is a barely peceivable vibration when I touch the icon but nothing else.
    I will try to attach a couple of screen shots. This is such a great list, I didn't know it was possible to take a screen shot previously!! Thanks so much for the advice.
    Attached Thumbnails How do I start the Google Keyboard on a Redmi Note 2?-screenshot_2.jpg   How do I start the Google Keyboard on a Redmi Note 2?-screenshot_2016-03-18-22-08-14.jpg  
    03-18-2016 05:41 PM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Is the phone fully compatible with Google Services? Did it come with the Google Play Store preinstalled? Phones intended for the Chinese market often aren't certified for Google Play, which means Google Play Services may not be installed--and this, in turn, might prevent Google Keyboard from working fully.

    Can you try installing another keyboard, like Swiftkey, Swype, or Fleksy, and see if you can do voice input that way?
    03-18-2016 09:24 PM
  7. jonclem's Avatar
    Hi B Diddy,, Yes the phone did come with google play and I am pretty sure that google keyboard was also installed. I was going to try to uninstall G.keyboard and either re-install it or another app like you suggested but I could not find how to uninstall it - the only option I could find was to "uninstall updates" and I wondered if this might cause a conflict if I installed another similar app. There was a "force stop" option but it gave me a warning, ( being a rookie I did not want to take a chance on the force stop in case it created problems).
    I really do appreciate you taking time to help and when I asked the question I thought there would be a simple answer, I certainly don't expect guys to wast time on this, I will try the things you suggest and if that doesn't work it is no big issue - and at least, I have now learned how to take a screen shot and post it!
    Once again, many thanks for your help.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    03-19-2016 03:23 AM
  8. B. Diddy's Avatar
    It probably won't let you uninstall Google Keyboard completely because it's a preinstalled app. You can still install a 3rd party keyboard app and set it as a default. You could probably also Disable Google Keyboard in that Settings>Apps menu as well, if you wanted to prevent Google Keyboard from working.
    03-19-2016 04:38 PM
  9. jonclem's Avatar
    Hello again,
    I tried to install Swype, Swiftkey and Speak to Text, although showing the microphone icon, non worked - Speak to Text came up with the message "Sorry, your device doesn't support speech input".
    Not sure if it might be because these phons were intended originally for the Chinese market.
    It looks like this can't be fixed so anyway thanks for your help, it was very kind of you to go out of your way to help. I hope some day that I will gain enough knowledge to help other beginners.
    Attached Thumbnails How do I start the Google Keyboard on a Redmi Note 2?-screenshot_spech-text.jpg  
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    03-20-2016 06:05 AM
  10. houdan's Avatar
    Hi B Diddy

    I have Gboard in installed apps.

    Can't locate it anywhere else, including any of the home screen pages.

    My Other/All Apps has vanished from the Home Screen.

    Below, please see screenshot of attached Settings> Language & Input >

    How do I start the Google Keyboard on a Redmi Note 2?-gboard.png

    I can't click there, cos it's greyed/blued out.

    So, where can I configure its settings?

    Many thanks!
    07-09-2017 09:56 PM
  11. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! If you tap that right-pointing arrow next to the Gboard listing, does anything come up?

    Also, when your Gboard is open, long-press the comma. You should see a gear icon appear, which is for the Settings menu.
    07-10-2017 11:41 PM

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