Does your voice to text not work like it used to? We found that recent updates to our Samsung Galaxy S9 S10 S20 and S20FE‘s are switched to the Samsung voice keyboard.

Typing with your voice used to be easy, accurate, fast and used to learn from its mistakes.

The Samsung voice keyboard is now the default voice keyboard on most Samsung Android cells and tablets and it does work, but is not nearly as well as the Google voice typing keyboard. The Samsung voice keyboard makes mistakes in grammar, misses context and most annoyingly does not learn from previous corrections.  For example we have noticed it gets these words wrong:

  • There, Their and They’re
  • Provenance not Province
  • The word Period rather than a period dot “.”
  • which, witch is winch
  • number 4 is often translated to text as the word “for”
  • and on and on and on

We have the written instructions at the bottom of this article and we recorded two videos on how to solve voice to text problems:

3.5 minute version to be viewed on computer screens:

1 minute version to be viewed on cell phones:

This will appear on YouTube #Shorts searches.

The Google voice to text keyboard is far superior and we show you how to switch to the Google voice keyboard to fix those annoyances and to change it simply:

  1. Swipe down and click the COG ⚙ icon
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of settings and click GENERAL MANAGEMENT


William · April 3, 2023 at 2:51 pm

None of this applied to my S20 Fe

I accidentally found that my voice to text is Google… but it is horrible

It stops a sentence anytime it wants and punctuates any old way it chooses as it goes along

Started with March 2023 updates

I want to break my phone

Tim C · March 27, 2023 at 10:42 am

Over 2 years later, your article still helps. Awesome info, crappy A03 phone

Steven D Sorensen · October 28, 2022 at 5:31 pm

My Samsung S22 just updated on 10/27/22 and screwed up my voice to text by going back to the Samsung instead of Google. I’ve tried to follow the procedure to return it to Google and the menu options are different. Does anyone have the procedure with this latest update that obviously also revised the settings menus?

Glenn · August 13, 2022 at 2:49 pm

How many times in your life, going back to the 2nd grade, did you ever actually spell out the word “comma”? . . . or “quotation marks”??? . . . . and yet this EXPENSIVE, brand new phone spells out every punctuation word. It is maddening!

Dr Rebecca L Foster · August 10, 2022 at 9:16 am

I have a new S20 and switched from Google Pixel 5….the issues I was afraid of was Samsung using 3rd party Google software and this was a major issue. Thank you for pointing out the need to change the keyboard and talk-to-text applications. It fixed the issue immediately. Samsung’s keyboard cannot get anything straight.

Willem · July 26, 2022 at 9:05 am

OMG.!! Thank you so much, I have used Android my whole life and was and early adopter of voice to text I use it all the time. I finally upgraded to an s22 after 3 years I’m using my Huawei P20 Pro. After 3 days I’m ready to throw this phone through the wall because the talk to text is so horrible I thought it’s the mic I was ready to return it until I Came Upon This video. So glad to be back to Google thank you thank you

    Ian Matthews · July 27, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Ya… it is madenning! I am glad we could help 🙂

Rita · April 18, 2022 at 9:08 pm

Still having a problem with punctuation. Keeps spelling out period and comma. Very frustrating!

Lynn Anderson · April 8, 2022 at 9:09 am

I can’t thank you enough. The crappy Samsung voice to text has been a thorn in side for several years. What a relief to finally have it resolved!

    Ian Matthews · April 9, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Ya, I would have smashed mine with a hammer if I could not change it 🙂

warriorcodetraining · April 6, 2022 at 11:14 am

I have a new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and none of these steps are there any more – any chance you could help with a current version? Voice and texting SUUUUUCK on the new samsung. SO bad!!

Ted · March 9, 2022 at 5:01 pm

The above video must be on an older OS. My S21’s menu selection is vastly different. The voice to text is so bad I may ditch the phone altogether. It made a turn for the worst after one of the updates late last year.

    Ian Matthews · March 9, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Ted;

    I have made this change on a number of S21’s and I just confirmed the steps are tsill the same on on my S9 running Android 10.

    I have access to some S21’s on Tuesday and if I can make the time, I will verify this process still works on them and get back to you.

    Glenn · August 13, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    How many times in your life, going back to the 2nd grade, did you ever actually spell out the word “comma”? . . . or “quotation marks”??? . . . . and yet this EXPENSIVE, brand new phone spells out every punctuation word. It is maddening!

Project Responder · November 16, 2021 at 9:34 am

Thank you. The Samsung voice to text is absolutely abominable.

Steve · October 14, 2021 at 2:06 pm

the latest set of updates to the app “Google” messed up voice to text, dropping the “tap underlined for alternatives”. In app manager find the app “Google” (not pay or play or text-to-speech or TV, just plain Google) and tap the 3 dots for the option to Uninstall Updates. It will prompt you to revert to factory, and answer yes. That will fix it till the next update, then you have to uninstall the updates again.

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