Type with your voice

On your mobile device, you can talk to write in most places where you can type with a keyboard.


Talk to write

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, install Gboard.
  2. Open any app that you can type with, like Gmail or Keep.
  3. Tap an area where you can enter text.
  4. At the top of your keyboard, tap Microphone Microphone.
  5. When you see "Speak now," say what you want written.
Tip: On some Pixel devices, you can also use Assistant to type with your voice.

Add punctuation

You can use different phrases to add punctuation to your text. Punctuation might not be available in all languages.

Some phrases you can use are:

  • Period
  • Comma
  • Exclamation point
  • Question mark
  • New line
  • New paragraph

Replace a word

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the document or message with the word you want to change.
  2. Touch and hold the word.
  3. At the top of your keyboard, tap Microphone Microphone.
  4. When you see "Speak now," say the new word.

Use the voice toolbar

  1. On your tablet, open any app where you can type, like Gmail or Keep.
  2. Tap an area where you can enter text.
  3. Tap Microphone Microphone.
  4. If prompted, tap a recording option:
    • While using app: Allows voice recording any time you use the app.
    • Only this time: Allows voice recording once.
    • Don't allow: Doesn't allow voice recording.
  5. On first use, you’ll be directed to the toolbar.
    • To return to the full keyboard, tap Keyboard Keyboard.
  6. To reopen the toolbar, tap Minimize .
    • You can drag the toolbar to any area on the screen, including the sides.


  • To pause voice recording, tap Microphone Microphone.
  • To add an emoji, say an emoji or in the toolbar, tap Emoji Emoji and then select the emoji that you want.
  • To use voice commands, say a command or tap one of the suggestions in the toolbar.

Switch languages

Important: Multiple languages must be enabled. Learn how to add keyboards.

  1. At the bottom left of the toolbar, tap the abbreviation for your default language.
  2. Select a language.

Learn more voice commands

  1. In the toolbar, tap Menu Menu or EN.
  2. Tap Show voice commands.

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