Are you experiencing problems with the voice dictation feature on your iPhone in iOS 14? You’re not the only one. We’ve just received a bug report from a reader that complains about a delay that occurs between the moment when the device starts listening and your actual dictation is converted into text.
According to this report voice dictation lags by approximately three seconds. The bug occurs on an iPhone SE 2nd generation running iOS 14.2. This means that the user has to either wait for three seconds before starting to dictate, or his initial message is shunted from the transcript.
How To Fix Voice Dictation Lag
The same source informed us that Apple support recommended her to restore the iPhone from a backup in order to fix the problem. However, before you apply this ‘extreme’ solution you can try the following troubleshooting methods:
1. Turn Dictation Off & On
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap On General -> Keyboard.
- Scroll for Dictation and turn off Enable Dictation.
- Reboot iPhone, using the force restart trick!
- Re-enable Dictation and see if the lag is fixed!
2. Reset Keyboard Dictionary
- 1. Open Settings on iPhone or iPad.
- 2. Tap on General.
- 3. Scroll all the way down to Reset.
- 4. Tap on Reset Keyboard Dictionary.
- 5. Input iPhone Passcode and the dictionary will be erased.
Check: Reboot iPhone and check if the dictation lag has been fixed!
3. Try Dictation With Third-Party App
Use a third-party app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger and see if the keyboard dictation lag is occurring with them too. If it doesn’t it means that the glitch is isolated to the Messages app. Use third-party apps as workaround until we have an official fix.
If third-party apps work you can use them to dictate your message and copy/paste the text to the appropriate conversation screen in the Messages app.
Did one of the above tips help you out to fix the iPhone keyboard dictation lag? Use the comments section and share your feedback. If you need additional advice don’t hesitate to ask!
Related: The iPhone keyboard is quite glitchy. We’ve already reported about the iOS 14 keyboard lag and this voice dictation delay could definitely be related to it!