What Are the Best Dictation Apps for iPhone?

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Have you ever had thoughts or ideas in your head that you wish to take note of but couldn’t because your hands were pre-occupied? While you can use Siri to take short notes or reminders, it can’t do much for long-form texts. Good thing that there are apps for that that you can install on your iPhone. With these apps, you can simply use your voice and dictate words and the apps will turn it into texts for you. Here are some of the best dictation apps for iPhone that you can check out.


Evernote is one of the most well-known note-taking apps in the market today. A lot of users highly recommend this app for taking notes as well as for sharing documents. One of its main features is dictation where users can use their voice to type. To boost productivity, you can use this app to share and collaborate on notes. You can also annotate images in this app for better visualization.

As just a note-taker, Evernote is perfect for this purpose. You can also sync your notes in all your devices that have Evernote installed. Through this, you are able to access your notes and ideas no matter which device you’re using. Plus, Evernote is a free app so anyone can enjoy its features without having to shell out. If you want more storage, it offers in-app purchases depending on the level of storage you desire.

Call Recording by NoNotes

What if you’re on a business call but you can’t take down notes at the moment? Thankfully, there’s an app just for that. It’s called Call Recording by NoNotes. As the name suggests, this app allows users to record any call so that they can listen to it again later on. If you need notes or points from your discussion, you can simply replay the call through this app

In addition, Call Recording also features transcription. After you have saved your call, whether it’s incoming or outgoing, you can have them transcribed by the app. Call Recording is free to download and users can enjoy 20 minutes of free phone call recording every month. If you want more or longer calls to record, the app also offers in-app purchases for this.

Transcribe – Speech to Text

Another popular dictation app is Transcribe. It’s fairly simple – you install it, open, and start dictating. The app will automatically transcribe whatever it is you’re saying. It also features almost-instant Artificial Intelligence transcription. With this, users can experience almost no lag time between the dictation and the transcription.

Aside from voice memos, this app can also transcribe videos. You can export the text transcriptions from the app to a text-editing one so you can edit it if necessary. Download the app in all your devices so you can sync your transcriptions in all of them. Don’t worry about any language barrier, as Transcribe supports 89 languages. You can download the app for free and it offers a trial of 15-minute recording. If you need more time, you can opt for their in-app purchases.

Day One Journal

If you’re into journaling but don’t want to write or type it all down, you can check out Day One Journal. What makes this app different from other similar ones is its voice recording features. You can dictate a new entry in your digital journal by just using your voice. You can simply talk about your memories and life events and the app will transcribe it for you in your journal. If you ever have any random thoughts throughout the day, this app can also come in handy.

You can also opt to just record audio clips if you want to. If you’re not sure that the speech recognition will get all your words right, these audio clips can save your important verbal notes. You can download Day One Journal for free but if you want to maximize its features, the Day One Premium app would definitely be much better. With the Premium version, you basically get unlimited entries, photos, videos, and storage.

Dragon Anywhere

Last but certainly not least is Dragon Anywhere. Created by Nuance Communications, this app is the mobile version of the company’s Dragon series of dictation software for desktop. With this app, you can now enjoy it on your iPhones as well. Dragon Anywhere can instantly transcribe dictated words into texts, which you can also edit later on. Plus, the app allows you to customize your dictionary so it can perform better with your preference in mind.

If you don’t have enough memory space on your iPhone, you can also upload your notes to other cloud storage apps. This includes iCloud or Dropbox. You can download Dragon Anywhere for free but a subscription is required so you can fully utilize all its useful features.

With these apps on hand, you can multitask with ease. You can accomplish daily tasks or chores and dictate ideas and thoughts at the same time. That way, you get to finish more in a shorter period of time. Try one of these dictation apps out today and see how it helps you work more efficiently and effectively.

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Kossi Adzo

Kossi Adzo is a technology enthusiast and digital strategist with a fervent passion for Apple products and the innovative technologies that orbit them. With a background in computer science and a decade of experience in app development and digital marketing, Kossi brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to the Apple Gazette team.

One thought on “What Are the Best Dictation Apps for iPhone?

  1. I just wanted to thank you for posting this amazing blog. I was finding the dictation app and after getting your blog i downloaded Evernote app for my iPhone and this app is helpful to me. Keep posting your knowledge!

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