In iOS 14, Apple has moved the processing of voice dictation off the cloud and onto the device so dictation no longer requires an internet connection to work. In this video, explore how to use voice dictation with no network connection.
- In iOS 14, Apple is moved the processing of voice dictation off the cloud and onto your device. So now when you dictate text into an email, a note or anything else in an app where you can have this microphone button on the keyboard, your voice is transcribed entirely on the device unlike in previous versions of iOS, where you were required to have an internet connection, so your phone or iPad could send the recording to Apple servers to transcribe the text. This means that you can dictate when you don't have an internet connection, but it also adds another layer of privacy to your device. So for example, I'm writing an email here, and if I swipe down to open control center, notice I'm in airplane mode. So I don't have my cellular connection, my wifi, or my Bluetooth enabled right now, I have no network connection at all. But this microphone button down here is still available and I can tap it to dictate a message. Remember to turn in your expenses before Friday morning, period. And I'll tap the keyboard button to stop dictating. And as you saw, my iPhone was able to transcribe my words very quickly and without any kind of connection to the internet. Now, if you haven't yet enabled keyboard dictation, you may see a message to do so the first time you tap the microphone button. Now you can also go to settings, general, keyboard and here under dictation, flip the switch to enable dictation. So if you use dictation a lot, it's great to know now that you'll be able to do so, even when you're somewhere with a weak mobile signal or no service at all.