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How to Use Google Voice Typing on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

Your Galaxy tablet has the amazing capability to interpret your utterances as text. It works almost as well as computer dictation in science fiction movies, though the command to destroy the planet Alderaan has yet to be located.

Activating voice input

To ensure that the tablet’s dictation feature is active, obey these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. On the Galaxy Tab S, tap the General tab; on the Galaxy Tab 4, tap the Controls tab.

    You would think that Samsung would show some consistency here.

  3. On the left side of the screen, choose Language and Input.

  4. Ensure that a check mark is next to the option Google Voice Typing.

    You’re good.

Dictating text

Talking to your tablet really works, and works quite well, provided that you touch the Dictation key on the keyboard and properly dictate your text.

If you don’t see the Dictation key, long-press the Multifunction key. Choose the microphone icon from the pop-up palette. The microphone icon replaces whatever icon was previously displayed.

To type with your voice, tap the Dictation key. A special window appears at the bottom of the screen. Dictate your text.

Google Voice typing.
Google Voice typing.

As you speak, the microphone icon flashes. The flashing doesn’t mean that the tablet is embarrassed by what you’re saying. No, the flashing merely indicates that your words are being digested.

The text you utter appears as you speak. To pause, touch the Tap to Pause text on the screen. To use the keyboard, touch the keyboard icon. Or to continue dictation, touch the Tap to Speak text.

  • “The better your diction, the better your results.

  • You can’t use dictation to edit text. Text editing still takes place on the touchscreen.

  • Speak the punctuation in your text. For example, you would say, “I’m sorry comma and it won’t happen again” to produce the text Im sorry, and it wont happen again.

  • Common punctuation you can dictate includes the comma, period, exclamation point, question mark, colon, and new line (to start text on the next line).

  • You can’t dictate capital letters. If you’re a stickler for such things, you’ll have to go back and edit the text.

  • Dictation may not work without an Internet connection.

Uttering s**** words

Your Galaxy Tab features a voice censor. Any naughty words you might utter are replaced; the first letter appears on the screen, followed by the appropriate number of asterisks.

For example, if spatula were a blue word and you uttered spatula when dictating text, the dictation feature would place s****** on the screen rather than the word spatula.

The tablet knows a lot of blue terms, including the infamous “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” but apparently the terms crap and damn are fine.