How to Disable Dictation on the iPhone 5

You may have noticed the microphone button to the left of the space bar on your keyboard and wondered what it does. This button allows you to speak into your microphone and have your speech converted to text. This option is called dictation, and can be a helpful feature on the iPhone.

But the location of the button makes it easy to press accidentally, and you may find that it causes more frustration than it is worth. Fortunately this option can be turned off on your device by following our steps outlined below.


Turn Off Dictation on the iPhone 5

This article was written in iOS 8, on an iPhone 5. Directions may vary for devices using an earlier version of iOS.


Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

open the general menu



Step 3: Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.

touch the keyboard button



Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and touch the button to the right of Enable Dictation.

touch the enable dictation button



Step 5: Touch the Turn Off Dictation button.

touch the turn off dictation button



If you decide at any point that you would like to re-enable dictation, simply return to this menu to do so.


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