How to Turn Off Dictation on the iPhone 7

There is a feature on your iPhone 7 that lets you speak into the phone’s microphone and have that spoken language translated into text on your screen. You can use this in several apps that utilize the default iPhone keyboard, including Messages and Mail. You can do this by pressing the microphone button on the keyboard, then simply speak into the phone.

But it’s pretty easy to press this button by accident, which can make typing on your iPhone somewhat difficult. If you don’t use the dictation feature, then you may be looking for a way to remove or disable it. Fortunately this is possible by following the steps in our tutorial below.


How to Get Rid of the Microphone Next to the iPhone Keyboard

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. Following these steps will remove the microphone icon that is currently appearing on your keyboard, which would allow you to speak into your microphone and have that spoken text translated to written text.

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the settings app



Step 2: Select the General option.

select the general option



Step 3: Choose the Keyboard option.

open the keyboard menu



Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Enable Dictation.

get rid of microphone on iphone 7 keyboard



Step 5: Tap the Turn Off Dictation button at the bottom of the screen.

how to disable dictation on an iphone 7

Note that the dictation feature on the iPhone keyboard is separate from Siri. You can turn off the dictation feature and leave on Siri. However, you can also turn off Siri if you don’t use it, or if it causing issues with the way that you prefer to use your iPhone.

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