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.
Our guide on how to turn off AirPod notifications can show you how to fix another annoying setting that could be affecting the way you use your phone.
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.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.
Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and touch the button to the right of Enable Dictation.
Step 5: 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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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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