Reply by dictation vs Instant replies - canned preset reply message texts

Q: How can I use the "instant reply" feature?

You can enable both reply by dictation and instant reply. By default you can say the voice command "reply" for dictation and "instant" for instant reply. 


Instant replies are pre-set common email replies presented in a list for you to pick from (eg "Thanks!"). You can set these up yourself under preferences. 

You can enable instant replies by turning off dictated replies (top switch on preferences > replies etc) and this then allows you to set them up below. You can either switch them on full time or switch back to dictation. If you choose dictation for your main “reply” command then you can still get to instant reply by saying “instant”.

The instant replies are complete messages, and you cannot edit or add to them before sending, so dictation is often preferable. But depending on your working style, and your hardware, dictation may not work as well for you. 

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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