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We've seen that you can use Siri to listen to text messages and emails and that you can dictate replies in Siri as well. But this doesn't mean you're limited to using regular manual typing in other applications even if Siri can't access directly. You can still dictate into other applications like Facebook and Twitter and basically any application that has a keyboard. Now technically, this isn't a Siri command, it's just considered voice dictation, but you are using the same basic functionality. Anything you dictate is uploaded to Apple's servers, transcribed, and then sent back as plain text and placed into your document.
So as with Siri, you'll have to have an internet connection in order for dictation to work. But again, any time you're using an app that has a keyboard, you should see this microphone button next to the spacebar, as long as you have an internet connection. Tapping it will allow you to start dictating your message right away. Now, a very important concept to understand when you're going to be dictating more than a couple of words or a single sentence, is that you have to speak your punctuation. Watch what happens if I tap the microphone and speak my message. Hey Scott, I'll be out of the office tomorrow. Could you let everyone on the team know? I tap Done.
So it got all of the words right, but as you can see there's no punctuation at all in my message. I'm going to shake my phone and tap Undo to undo that dictation. So this time, I'll say it this way. Hey Scott, comma, new paragraph. I'll be out of the office tomorrow, period. Could you let everyone on the team know, question mark. So that's much better. It'll definitely take some practice and some getting used to, but this is absolutely necessary if you want to be able to dictate longer messages into your iOS device.
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