Use Google Assistant to type with your voice

You can dictate text through your voice with Assistant voice typing on Gboard. Punctuation is automatically added as you speak. While you dictate with your voice, you can also tap on your keyboard to type even if the mic is still on. The text you speak stays on your device and isn’t sent to Google servers.

What you need

Assistant voice typing is only available on Pixel 6. It doesn’t work for all languages. To use Assistant voice typing, make sure Google Assistant is turned on.

Turn Assistant voice typing on or off

  1. On your phone, open any app that you can type with, like Messages or Gmail.
  2. Tap where you can enter text.
  3. At the top of the keyboard, tap Settings Settings and then Voice typing.
  4. Turn Assistant voice typing on or off.
Tip: Assistant voice typing improves just for you, based on words you've corrected. Snippets of your voice and data that you've typed are stored on your device for a limited period of time. Learn how to personalize your preferences.

Use voice commands

Important: Assistant voice typing is on by default unless you use multiple languages on your device. You can turn Assistant voice typing off at any time.

  1. To activate Assistant voice typing, open any app that you can type with and tap on the Keyboard mic Microphone or say "Hey Google, type."
    • To keep the microphone on and send multiple messages in a row: Double tap Keyboard mic Microphone.
    • To turn the microphone off: Tap Keyboard mic Microphone, close the keyboard, or say "Stop."
  2. Say the text you want to type. If your microphone is still on, the microphone icon continues to glow.
  3. Say a command. For example:
    • To delete the last word: Say "Delete last word."
    • To delete the last sentence: Say "Clear."
    • To clear the text: Say "Clear all."
    • To send a message: Say "Send."
    • To fill out the next open field in a form: Say "Next."
    • To add an emoji: Say the name of the emoji, like "Smiley emoji."
    • To stop voice typing: Say "Stop."
Tip: To find more voice commands, while you speak, tap Info .

Use multiple languages with Assistant voice typing

  1. Turn Assistant voice typing on. Learn how to turn Assistant voice typing on.
  2. To switch languages, on your keyboard, tap Globe Globe. Learn how to add a language to your keyboard.
  3. Tap Keyboard mic Microphone or say "Hey Google, type."

Edit text with voice commands

  1. If Assistant misheard a word, tap on the word to select it.
  2. To correct a misheard word, speak, type, or spell out a correction, or tap one of the suggested alternatives.

Turn off automated punctuation

  1. On your phone, open any app that you can type with, like Messages or Gmail.
  2. Tap where you can enter text.
  3. At the top of the keyboard, tap Settings Settings and then Voice typing.
  4. Turn off Auto punctuation.

Fix issues with Assistant voice typing on Gboard

Try these solutions if you can’t turn Assistant voice typing on.
Assistant voice typing needs an update. Connect to Wi-Fi to automatically download.

Turn on & connect

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet and then Internet.
  3. Tap a listed network. Networks that require a password have a Lock .

Learn how to connect to Wi-Fi networks on your Android device.

Assistant voice typing isn't available in your current Gboard language. 
Assistant voice typing is available in:
  • English 
  • German 
  • Japanese 
Learn how to type in a different language.
To use Assistant voice typing, your primary Gboard and device languages must be the same. 

Switch languages on Gboard

Important: You might need to add a language to Gboard first.
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open any app that you can type with, like Gmail or Keep.
  2. Tap where you can enter text.
  3. Touch and hold the space bar to switch languages.

Switch languages on your device

  1. On your Android device, tap Settings Settings.
  2. Tap System and then Languages & input and then Languages.
    • If you can’t find "System," then under "Personal," tap Languages & input and then Languages.​
  3. Tap Add a language Add user and choose the language that you want to use.
  4. Drag your language to the top of the list.
To use Assistant voice typing, update your Android System Intelligence app on Google Play. 
If you’re on Android 12, you may need to update the Android System Intelligence app. 
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