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How to Use iPhone Dictation and Auto-Reply to Text Messages

How to Use Dictation and Auto-Reply on Your iPhone

Speech to text feature is nothing new. It has been around for some time now. Speech to text allows you to convert your spoken words to written text. It can also be called dictation.

How to Use iPhone Dictation and Auto-Reply to Text Messages

Convert Voice to Text With Built-in Dictation Feature

Now, many apps used for writing, note-taking, or sending messages have a built-in dictation feature. If an app has a mic button, the app probably supports speech to text.

It's quite a convenient tool. If you don't feel like writing, you can just speak into your mic, and your device will type what you said. It's also much faster than typing with your fingers.

Use Auto-Reply to Automatically Reply to Messages

Another great feature is auto-reply texts. They are very useful when your driving or when you don't have the time to reply.

For example, you're in an important meeting and can't respond to anyone trying to contact you. In this case, you can enable the Do Not Disturb mode and write your message, which will be sent to anyone or the chosen contact when they'll try to reach you while auto-reply is turned on.

This feature also works when you're in a Do Not Disturb While Driving mode.

Learn How to Use Dictation and Auto-Reply

Keep on reading to find out how to send a message using Siri, turn on dictation, set up auto-reply messages, and more.

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How to Use Siri to Send a Text Message

Siri is a great tool to navigate and execute commands on your iPhone. With it, you can send text messages without needing to type anything.

To send a text message using Siri, follow the steps below:

1. Take your iPhone and say, "Hey Siri, send a text to (contact name)". The contact name should be the same as it's entered in your Contacts list.
2. You can either wait for Siri to ask you, "What do you want to say?" or start dictating the message you want to send right away.

Dictate message to Siri

3. When you're done, wait until Siri process the message and reads it back to you.
4. If you're not happy with how it turned out, say "Edit", and you'll be able to repeat the text to correct the previous one.

Edit message

5. Then, Siri will ask if you're ready to send the text message. If the message is correct, say "Yes" or "Send", and the message will be sent.

Say Yes or Send to send the message using Siri

When dictating your text, make sure the pronunciation is on point; otherwise, Siri might mistake your words.

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How to Turn On and Use Dictation

You can use dictation almost everywhere where there's a keyboard. In other words, if an app has a keyboard, most likely, you'll be able to dictate your text instead of typing. You can dictate text messages in messaging, Notes, Calendar, and other apps.

To enable dictation, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.

Go to General settings

3. Tap on "Keyboard".

Tap on Keyboard

4. Scroll down and tap on the slider next to "Enable Dictation" to turn on dictation.

Enable Dictation

5. Tap on "Enable Dictation" again to confirm.
6. Now, when you need to input text, use the mic. For example, when you open the Notes app, you'll see a microphone icon at the bottom right corner. Tap on it and start dictating your text.

When you want to type yourself, tap on the keyboard icon at the bottom.

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How to Set Auto-Reply Text Message While Drive Mode is Enabled

When you're in Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode, you can set up your device to send auto-reply text messages if anyone needs to contact you at that time.

To set up auto-reply text messages, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Tap on "Do Not Disturb".

Tap on Do Not Disturb

3. Scroll down and tap on "Activate".

Tap on Activate

4. Select "Manually" and go back to settings.

Choose Manually

5. Then, tap on "Auto-Reply To".

Tap on Auto-Reply to

6. Choose "Recents", "Favorites", or "All Contacts".

Choose Contacts

7. If you've chosen "Favorites", go to "Contacts". If not, skip to step 10.
8. Go to "Favourites" and tap on the plus button at the top left corner.
9. Pick contacts you want to add and tap on "Message" and "Calls".
10. Go back to "Do Not Disturb" settings and tap on "Auto-Reply".

Tap on Auto-Reply

11. Tap on the messages to edit it or write a brand new one.
12. When you're done, go back to iPhone settings.
13. Go to "Control Center".

Go to Control Center settings

14. Scroll down, locate "Do Not Disturb While Driving", and tap on the green plus button to add the feature to Control Center.

Add Do Not Disturb While Driving to Control Center

15. Then, from the top right corner, swipe down to see the Control Center. You'll see the "Do Not Disturb While Driving" button.

Enable Do Not Disturb While Driving

Every time you need to enable the "Do Not Disturb While Driving", open the control center from the top right corner and tap on the button. If anyone from your contacts or favorites will contact you at that time, your iPhone will send them an Auto-Reply text message.

If you've selected to enable Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode automatically, it might also become active while you're in a passenger seat.

To disable the mode, on your lock screen, tap on "Do Not Disturb While Driving" and then on "I'm Not Driving".

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How to Allow Calls From Specific Contacts While in the Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode

You can allow repeated calls within 3 minutes of calling and let contacts call you from the Favorites list.

To allow repeated calls, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Tap on "Do Not Disturb".

Tap on Do Not Disturb

3. Next to "Repeated Calls", toggle the slider to enable the feature.

Enable repeated calls

To allow calls from Favorites, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Tap on "Do Not Disturb".

Tap on Do Not Disturb

3. Then, tap on "Allow Calls From".

Tao on Allow Calls From

4. Select "Favorites".

Select Favorites

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We hope the information above was helpful!

You can also check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial.

Video on How to Use Dictation and Auto-Reply on Your iPhone

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