Correcting name mistranscriptions in dictation (iPhone)

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Q: Why does it always misspell my name?

A: When dictating emails, Speaking Email uses the operating system speech-to-text system (tech from Apple or Google), and then layers its own algorithms over the top of this.

We have a first name correction algorithm that matches with your own name and names of people on the email you are replying to (sender and recipients). This is intended to correct the name if there a multiple spellings possible - for example Catherine and Kathryn. This only works based on the current email and your first name. We guess your name based on the recipient of emails you have received. If this is incorrect, you can reset it by clearing all settings, under the Support menu. 

On iPhone the speech-to-text system has a learning algorithm which often gets the right spelling of names in context, but sometimes can get it quite wrong. If you notice a consistent misspelling, it is worth resetting the speech-to-text system history to freshen it up. This can be done by clearing Siri conversation history under Apple settings for Siri.

The problem could be solved by deleting the Siri conversation history under Apple settings for Siri.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings, go to Siri & Search, and tap Siri & Dictation History. Then tap Delete Siri & Dictation History. 

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 - using voice commands or on-screen buttons. It works with Microsoft 365 (aka Office, Outlook) and Gmail email accounts, as well as most other providers including any standard IMAP server.

Who is it for?

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 to work. People with blindness, vision problems, or other disabilities who cannot see or type and want to be able to hear, reply to, and compose emails by voice. 

Does it work on Apple CarPlay?

See our other product Speaking Email CarPlay if you have CarPlay.

Is is free?

Yes it is free to download the basic edition. Free features: 

  • Email text-to-speech (TTS) with smart content detection (this is awesome, you will be blown away!)
  • On-screen buttons for basic actions next/prev, archive, flag

Do I have to upgrade?

Nope, but you can upgrade for: 

  • Multiple accounts
  • Attachment reading
  • Voice commands (you will love this!)
  • Dictation - reply/forward/compose (you will love this even more!)

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