How do I dictate an email on my iPhone?

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Q: How do I dictate an email on my iPhone?

A: You can now dictate new emails to contacts in your address book. To do this, say the voice command “compose” at any listening trigger point. 


Yiu our need to provide permission to access your contacts and then you will be asked to say the recipient first and last name. You can select from contacts with similar names if the name spoken is not an exact single match. Then you are asked for the subject and then dictation mode begins. During dictation you can speak your email including punctuation. Tap the screen or wait 5 seconds for the dictation commands, which let you read back, add, delete, redo, or replace words. Here you can add or change recipients too. 


You can also dictate email replies and forwards when you are listening to an email being spoken. To do this, say the “reply” or “forward” command. The dictation mode works the same as for composing a new email. 


What is Speaking Email?

An app for iPhone and Android that reads your email out loud to you. It intelligently extracts content from emails (minus the signatures, disclaimers and threads). And it lets you action your email - archive, mark-as-read, trash, flag, reply, or forward. It can be completely by voice command, or use the large on-screen buttons or full screen touch gestures.


Who is it for?

People with blindness or visual impairment. People who are busy and run out of time to get through their inbox. People who want to make productive use of time when driving between appointments.


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