Dragon Dictation App

Would you like to talk into your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and generate text without typing? Dragon Dictation is an app for you!

Dragon Dictation, produced by Nuance the makers of  Dragon NaturallySpeaking, is a free voice recognition app available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Unlike Dragon NaturallySpeaking, no initial training is required prior to use. The app requires only a “Tap and dictate” into your phone then tapping “Done” when you are finished recording.

Dragon Dictation requires Wi-Fi service (or the Data Plan on your phone) for transcription to occur. After recognition via cloud computing the text transcription is entered in to the Dragon Dictation screen.

You can dictate additional messages into your text, edit the text using the keyboard or manage the text by copying,SMS, emailing or moving the text to Facebook or Twitter as available choices within the app. Using the copy feature text can be pasted into other apps for further use. If you want to listen to your text to edit, paste the text into apps with text to speech such as Speak-It!, Text Assist or NeoPaul.

Dragon Dictation for the iPad features a slightly different layout but similar functions:

This app is simple to use and amazingly accurate given the fact that no training is required. Don’t expect unusual names or words to be recognized by the app. Good enunciation and clear speech is always recommended when using voice recognition software. Background noise can interfere with recognition, with recommendations for “try in a quieter environment for better recognition results” provided as a message when loud noises exist in the background.

So what commands can be used with Dragon Dictation?  Here is a list of commands and punctuations posted by the Dragon Mobile Apps Team:

Commonly used commands

“New Line” or “Next Line”
Press the enter key once, capitalize next word
“New Paragraph” or “Next Paragraph”
Press the enter key twice, capitalize next word
” Caps <word>
Type with an initial capital
“All Caps <word>
Type in  all uppercase
“Caps On”
Start typing words with initial capitals
“Caps Off”
Stop typing words with initial capitals

Commonly used Punctuations

“ampersand” or “and sign”
“question mark”
“exclamation point”
“equal sign”
“at sign”
“forward slash” or “slash”
“begin single quote” or “open single quote”
“end single quote” or “close single quote”
“begin quote” or
“open quote”
“close quote” or
“end quote”
“left parenthesis”  or
“open parenthesis”
“right parenthesis” or “close parenthesis”
“percent sign”
“dollar sign”
“pound sign”
“degree sign”

For students or individuals challenged with producing print, this app can be a compensatory method of producing text for notes, lists, emails or compositions.  There is a limit to how much you can record and transcribe at one time, thus if you are producing long compositions using Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium for PC or Mac is recommended. If accessing print or decoding is challenged, copying the transcribed text and pasting it into apps as Speak-It!, NeoPaul or Talk Assist to use text to speech apps may be useful.

For more information on Dragon Dictation visit the Nuance Mobile Life .

This is truly an amazing, free app! A top pick on many review lists.


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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