It’s been a decade since Apple integrated Siri into its iPhone software and integrated voice-activated assistant. But the assistant is just one of the voice aid tools in your smartphone’s ever-evolving sound toolbox. Your device can also be a digital voice recorder, a dictation machine, a podcast production studio, and more. Here’s how to get things done with speaking more and typing less.
1. Get more out of your Assistant
Maybe you introduced yourself to Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant for Android (and iOS), or Samsung’s Bixby during the setup of your phone. You might even have tried it out by requesting a weather report or setting a timer. But the biggest challenge of using voice assistants is knowing the different tasks software can handle and the devices it runs – now including tablets, speakers, smart home hubs, car systems and online TV boxes.
2. Create voice memos
The note-taking app is great for quickly jotting down ideas, but recording an audio clip is even faster; Your assistant can even open the app for you. You can also record interviews with loved ones to store family history or school projects.
The phone’s recording app works like a physical recorder – press the Record button to start and Pause or Stop to pause the session. You end up with an audio file that you can play, transfer to your computer, and back up online. Third-party apps are plentiful, but your phone probably has its own free recording program.
The Apple iPhone includes the Voice Memos app and the Google Voice Recorder app for Android, free to download in the Google Play Store. Samsung includes Voice Recorder on many of its Galaxy phones, but also offers it in the Galaxy and Google app stores.
3. Enter by talking
Need a personal secretary to dictate – or find it difficult to type? Your phone can convert your words into text. Just look for the microphone icon on your keyboard or search bar, tap on it and start talking to see your words appear on the screen.
When dictating long paragraphs such as an email or sections of your growing novel into a word processing application, you will need to name the punctuation mark. For example, say “period” when a sentence ends or “new paragraph” to start a new paragraph.
Speech-to-text can be turned on (or off) by default, so check your settings. The Apple website has guides for using dictation on its devices, as well as Google for the Android system (and the Gboard app for iOS). Bixby has its own Dictate feature, with instructions on the Samsung site.
4. Send an audio message
An audio clip shares the sounds of your world. Sending audio can also be helpful if you can’t type at the moment, though your assistant can also receive and send text messages.
To send a sound clip in the Apple Messages app, press and hold the sound wave icon in the message box and record your clip. You can preview it before sending. (To save space, audio clips are automatically deleted two minutes after you listen to them unless you select the Keep option.)
The Google Messages app for Android sends audio messages in a similar way: Just tap the microphone icon in your conversation to record a clip to send it. Note that if you message someone on a different phone platform, you may have to record the clip in another application and send the file as an attachment.
5. Record a Podcast or Song
Podcasts have replaced blogs as a means of self-expression for many. If you’re thinking of starting your own gig, you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment. Free or inexpensive apps like Spotify’s Anchor, Podbean’s Audio Recorder, and Spreaker Studio for Android and iOS provide recording and editing tools right on your phone, as well as publishing and distribution platforms for podcasts. your.