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mangoesbananas Level 1 (5 points)

I guess it's possible that this is another Apple-Server issue, but it seems way worse than it ever has been in the past.


I would say that about 80% of the time that I use dictation, the wheel just spins and spins...and then times-out


If I keep trying to get it to work, it eventually will....for a little while...and then it will fail again.


Apple, can you tell me what is going on and how it can be fixed?


Thanks so much...

iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iOS 7
  • Gus2259 Level 4 (1,240 points)

    Mine is better than before.


    Try a Restart.

    Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red "slide to power off" slider appears, and then slide the slider. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.


    Resetting your settings

    You can also try resetting all settings. Settings>General>Reset>Reset All Settings. You will have to enter all of your device settings again.... All of the settings in the settings app will have to be re-entered. You won't lose any data, but it takes time to enter all of the settings again.


    Resetting your device

    Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears. Apple recommends this only if you are unable to restart it.


    Or if this doesn't work and nobody else on the blog doesn't have a better idea you can contact Apple.


    Here is a link to their contacts with most of the information below.


  • mangoesbananas Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for writing back so quickly.  Yes, I would agree that when the iOS dictation works, it works better than it ever did.  The problem for me is that it rarely works.  I have already tried everything you've suggested, and when I go to the support link you provided, I don't see anything for iOS support, and I don't feel right about Apple for support for their operating system.  Might you know of any other avenues available?

  • Gus2259 Level 4 (1,240 points)

    Sorry but no. I've gone back into the settings app but most of voice related controls is for material being read to you. Siri has basically voice type and language selections. I was hoping the resets would get something internal that we don't control to reset and function properly. I've read the voice control " learns" from you the more you use it. I don't know if that's true. I have seen like you have a slow response from dictation a couple of times. I also blame that on servers. Fortunately it only happened a couple of times yesterday. Before and after that I have been very impressed with the improvement. It was vastly better than the iOS 6 version. It even worked with my "Southern" accent. Hopefully someone else may have better ideas than mine. Good luck and I'll keep looking and get back to you if I find something. I really think its in the servers so hopefully it will clear up for you.

  • mangoesbananas Level 1 (5 points)

    Thankis for writring in....I hope it's just a server issue too, because, as I said....when it works, it works well!!

  • mangoesbananas Level 1 (5 points)

    I know this sounds bizarre, but I just found that if I turn off "bold text" in the Accessibility settings, dictation seems to work a whole lot better. This, of course, doesn't make any sense, but it is what I'm experiencing right now. It's not a 100% fix, because the dictation still stalls on occasion, but it stalls a WHOLE lot less than it did when I had "bold text" enabled.  I've tested this several times by turning "bold text" on and off, and it definitely seems to improve the dictation by leaving "bold text" turned off! I'm wondering if anyone else experiencing problems with dictation has "bold text" enabled in the Accessibility settings?

  • Gus2259 Level 4 (1,240 points)

    Sorry but I turned mine on bold text the first day that I downloaded it which was the first day the software came out. I did notice something however and riding this response. Once you dictate the text and push done do you leave your keyboard still up ready to continue typing? I found if I close the keyboard while it's  waiting to post what I dictated that slowed way down.

  • Gus2259 Level 4 (1,240 points)

    Sorry that was supposed to read"typing this response". I never could type well.

  • mangoesbananas Level 1 (5 points)

    If you close the keyboard while waiting for the dictation to post what you've just spoken, the dictation will turn off.  That's not a glitch...that's how it's supposed to work.


    The problem that I'm having is that the dication is not posting most of the time....the wheel just sits there spinning.  And, for whatever reason, I found that by turning off "bold text" in the Accessibility settings, the dictation works better.  It doesn't fix it fully...but it is better. 


    Has anyone else experienced this?


    I'd, of course, like to be able to use "bold text", so I'm hoping Apple will sort out this situation ASAP!!

  • tangentially Level 1 (0 points)

    For me it is definitely worse. It takes longer, I sometimes have the wheel problem and where it was always very accurate for me I'd say that now I am lucky to get half of the words correct. I haven't upgraded any portion of my vocal system, so I am attributing it to ios 7.

  • J MAZ Level 3 (820 points)

    For me it is worse too. By leaps and bounds. I'd say it works about 50% of the time.


  • mangoesbananas Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes, that's what I'm experiencing too. It only works about 50% of the time. And, by the way, when I previously thought that switching iOS 7 to "bold text" made it worse, it was just a fluke at the time. It's equally as bad whether or not I've got iOS 7 set to "bold text" or not. Could someone from Apple Support please let us know that you're aware of the problem?

  • patmacpro Level 1 (0 points)

    iOS 7 completely messed up my Siri dictation on my iPhone 5 making the dictation nearly useless.

    Before switching to iOS 7 it had been nearly flawless since 2011 whenever it came out with my AT&T  iPhone 4s  & AT&T iPhone 5.

    Now I have the AT&T iphone 5s still having same problem I even tried erasing iPhone and starting over as a new iPhone 5s same problem. please fix is extremely frustrating have something so perfect destroyed. and I'm not alone my friends are having the same issue

  • mary lee in AZ Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree. Dictation is totally messed up since the upgrade. I have tried all the resets and reset my modem router  et Cetera. No such luck. Now I am finding that if I speak in release short bursts it helps. But why should I have to   dictate just short little sentences? It seems to me there's something definitely wrong on apple's and. Hope they figure it out soon, because this is drastically reducing the usefulness of all my Apple devices.

  • mangoesbananas Level 1 (5 points)

    MARY LEE IN AZ, when you tried the various resets, did you try resetting your network settings on your device?  I did that yesterday, and it's been working a lot better since then.  Not perfect, by any means, but at least better.  It's probably just a coincidence, as I too agree that this is really all about Apple's servers.  Let's hope someone from Apple will chime in and let us know...

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