7 Best Free Speech to Text Transcription Apps for iPhone

Let’s face it: the iPhone, or any phone for that matter, isn’t great for writing long texts. Sure, you can write reasonably long emails and forum posts without much effort, but you probably wouldn’t attempt to write a school essay, a business proposal, or a short story using the virtual keyboard.

But if you’re like us and carry your iPhone with you wherever you go, it would be a shame not to take advantage of its processing power and excellent writing apps. Speech to text transcription apps for iPhone allow you to compose lengthy texts without developing calluses on your thumbs.

Evernote

What’s great about Evernote is that you most likely already have it installed on your iPhone. This popular, cross-platform note taking app allows users to create formatted, multimedia notes. Evernote itself doesn’t come with the ability to convert spoken word into text, but your iPhone does, and the two can work together.

To activate voice dictation, open the virtual keyboard and tap on the microphone icon, which should be located right next to the spacebar. iPhone will start listening to you and try to convert everything you say into text. Once finished, tap the Done button and wait for the text to appear on the screen.

Everything you save inside Evernote is automatically synchronized across all associated devices, making it easy to continue writing right from where you left off.

Call Recording by NoNotes

Sometimes, you may want to convert speech to text for more practical reasons. Perhaps you’re expecting an important business call with a potential client and are afraid that you won’t have enough time to write down all important details by hand. Or you’re a victim of harassment and need evidence for the police. Regardless of your reasons, Call Recording by NoNotes allows all iPhone users in North America and the UK to record calls of any length with a press of a button.

This extremely popular call recording app has over 100,000 active users and comes with up to 20 minutes of free call recording per month. You can save transcribed phone calls for later, share them on social media, or send them to other people via email.

The app can also be used for dictation, and the developers are promising to add a conference call feature very soon.

Dictate

The aptly named app Dictate comes up next, and does an excellent job at transcribing voices accurately. There is no base, free version, but there is a trial period. After that, there are also tiers that you can upgrade to for your transcription services.

After you download it, you press the Dictate button to start the transcription. When you’re done, press the Dictate button again to stop. You can then use the clipboard functionality to paste it, well, wherever you need to paste the content.

The Dictate app actually allows you to use it in tons of different languages. Overall, it’s extremely accurate, but you do have to stay connected to the Internet.

Transcribe

Next up, we have the Transcribe app. You can use it as a voice to text app, but Transcribe specializes in other areas as well. They call it your very own “personal assistant” for transcribing videos and voice memos into text. It’s a great way to, say, share lyrics with friends.

Transcribe actually operates as one of the fastest voice to text apps out there. The app uses nearly instantaneous AI technology to, well, transcribe instantly. You actually get reliable, readable transcriptions with just a tap of a button, and can easily share them to other platforms with the “Share” icon.

dictate2us

dictate2us is the largest US provider of transcription services. They employ a small army of professional transcribers, who work with over 300,000 clients from around the world. They charge per minute of audio and are able to transcribe a 10-minute dictation file in under an hour.

That said, they have a great voice to ext app. Their iPhone app integrates a voice recorder with editing capabilities directly with their online transcription service.

You can use the app to record your voice, listen to the recording, trim it, and send it for transcription. Once transcribed, dictate2us will send you the results as a Microsoft Word document. A minute costs £1.55, and the company accepts both PayPal and credit cards. If you need accuracy and as few misspellings as possible, human transcription services like dictate2us are the way to go.

Rev Voice Recorder

With its polished user interface, Rev’s built-in voice recorder makes their transcription services fun to use. It allows you to record in background, automatically pause for incoming calls, and more. Use it to process your recording for transcribing. Rev charges $1 per 1 audio minute, and they’ll transcribe the first 10 minutes free of charge.

To guarantee a high level of transcription quality, Rev employs a global team of professional audio transcribers and editors. They work 24/7, delivering accurate transcriptions without any delays and at affordable prices. The Rev app allows you to share see the status of your transcriptions and view them directly inside the app.

Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is regarded as the most accurate dictation software available. Its advanced voice recognition algorithms are able to recognize even accented speech, and Dragon Dictation allows users to make quick edits and add punctuation marks using intuitive voice commands.

While the iOS version of the software lacks the advanced features its desktop sibling, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, is known for, it still supports a multitude of languages.

With Dragon Dictation, you can send texts and emails up to 5 times faster than typing, easily dictate personal notes and reminders, type and send an email, speak your tweets and status updates, and much more.

Verdict

There is a plethora of different voice to text apps out there. We think the stock option from Apple built right into the keyboard is one of the best that you can use, but if you’d really like something else, any one of these seven choices will set you up for success.

Dragon Dictation is probably going to be your best voice to text app. It’s been around for awhile, and with some of the amazing technology behind it, Dragon Dication is able to have some really good accuracy.

What’s your favorite voice to text app?

6 Replies to “7 Best Free Speech to Text Transcription Apps for iPhone”

  1. You can also just use Apple Notes if you have an iPhone. Click New Note, click the microphone on the keyboard, and chat away.

  2. Whenever someone asks about Speech to Text app then Write4Me instantly comes into my mind.
    and I wonder why didn’t you even considered it.
    Personally, I found Write4Me as the best Speech to text app.

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