How to Send an Audio Message When You Dictate a Message on Your Apple Watch

The iPhone messaging app has gotten really advanced and can even send fun effects for holidays or when certain words are typed. The Apple Watch’s message-sending ability has improved, too, but it’s still not as easy or seamless as on a phone.

Typing or writing a text message from your Apple Watch can be difficult (but it’s not too difficult on an iPad), so you may find that you avoid sending messages from the device. However, there is an alternative that you can utilize that lets you speak your intended message into the watch.

If you have used this feature before, then it’s likely that the message was translated into text, and that you actually send a transcript of your spoken message. However, if you find that this transcript is inaccurate, or if you simply prefer to send audio messages instead, then it’s possible to change that behavior. Our tutorial below will show you how to change the manner in which your Apple Watch handles dictated messages.

How to Switch from Transcript to Audio for Messages on the Apple Watch

The steps in this article were performed on an Apple Watch using WatchOS 4.2.3. This is going to change the behavior on your watch so that it sends your dictated messages as an audio clip instead of a transcript of what you spoke into the watch.

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Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

open the watch app

Step 2: Choose the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.

select the my watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and select the Messages option.

apple watch messages settings

Step 4: Touch the Dictated Messages button.

audio messages from apple watch

Step 5: Tap the Audio option.

how to send dictated messages as audio on apple watch

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