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As you speak, it shall be written! Create oral stories and capture your thoughts with this accurate voice-recognition app.

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Mylo Lam
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Dragon Dictation is a free voice transcription app available on the iOS based on its computer counterpart.

Check out the video below for a quick introduction and review of Dragon Dictation.

Using Dragon Dictation

Users can record their voice and Dragon Dictation will automatically transcribe it, including names loaded from the user's contact list (if the user enables this option). 

Dragon Dictation’s transcription is accurate and works best when users speak at a natural pace and are in a relatively quiet environment. When the transcription is complete, it can be shared via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

While accurate, Dragon Dictation is not without its limitations. Audio can only be recorded in one-minute increments, meaning longer transcriptions must be done in segments. There is also some difficulty in editing transcribed text, since changing specific words is easy, but changing specific phrases is not. Finally, any use of the app requires an Internet connection.

Dragon Dictation’s transcription quality and simple interface make it easy for students, especially those who struggle with writing but love discussion, to articulate and organize their writing as well as explain their thinking processes.

Dragon Dictation App Breakdown

Ease of Use

Simple button and virtual keyboard of touch-style controls.


When opening up Dragon Dictation for the first time, users see two panels: the left panel is labeled “Notes,” and the right panel has a record button with the words “Tap and dictate.” Pressing the record button at the center of the screen will allow a user to record his/her voice in the app and create a note. The “Notes” section contains any existing transcriptions that have been recorded.

Press the button and record


Commonly used commands

The audio recording automatically stops after users stop speaking or after a minute. After the recording, a transcription of the spoken material appears in “Notes.” 



From there, edits can be made. Once a transcription has been made, the user can make edits to the text by pressing on specific words and either typing the correct word or re-recording audio by pressing the record button at the top of the screen. 

Users can continue to dictate new material to the same note, create a new note (using the “+” icon), delete the last dictation or the entire note (using the trashcan icon), and/or share their note via email, Facebook, or Twitter (using the arrow icon).

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