WhatsApp, in addition to sending audio messages, allows you to use your voice to transcribe sounds to texts in a simple way. The tool is useful for situations in which it is not possible to type or answer messages by cell phone, such as when you are driving or busy with other daily tasks, for example. Thus, the user does not need to write during the conversation, nor does he need to send a recording to his contact.
In the messenger version for Android phones, it is possible to transcribe messages through the Gboard, Google or Swiftkey keyboards and through the Google Assistant. To top it off, the Drivemode app helps you with this task while on the move, for example, as it leaves your hands free. Know all the tricks in this tutorial.
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1. Transcribe via Gboard
Step 1. Open WhatsApp and select one of the conversations or groups to send your message. Then, touch the text entry field to display the Gboard keyboard and press the microphone button in the right corner. Be careful not to confuse it with WhatsApp’s own microphone.
Find the WhatsApp contact to send the message and press the microphone button on the Gboard – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. Start speaking your message. The Gboard feature will hear you without having to press the button. Note that your voice message will be transcribed in real time in the WhatsApp text space. When finished, just send in the messenger arrow button.
Send the transcribed voice to text message on WhatsApp – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
2. Send WhatsApp via Google Assistant
Step 1. Activate the Android assistant command by voice saying «Ok Google». Then say «Send message via WhatsApp». A specific message field will open.
Give the voice command to send the message via WhatsApp – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. Say the name of the contact and dictate your voice message for the assistant to identify the text. Finally, send by tapping the arrow icon at the top right or giving the «Send» voice command. Your message will be sent to your friend.
Add the contact and the content of the voice message in Google Assistant – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 3. To make it easier on a daily basis, or while driving, for example, you can previously indicate the complete message at the beginning of the voice command. For example: enable with «Ok Google». Then say: «Send message via WhatsApp to [nome do contato] saying [sua mensagem]». The system will already mount the complete message and you just need to touch the» Send «button or give this command to confirm.
If you prefer, make the complete command in the Android assistant – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
3. Transcribe via Swiftkey
Step 1. Open the conversation or group you want to send the message to in WhatsApp. Then, tap the text field to open the Swiftkey keyboard. Press the microphone button at the bottom left of the screen. Note that the voice typing feature on Android will open.
Press the microphone button on the Swiftkey and start dictating your message on WhatsApp – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. Say your message and note that it will automatically transcribe into the WhatsApp text field. Now, just send using the traditional arrow button on the messenger app. If you prefer to send another message, tap the microphone button highlighted on the screen. To return to the traditional keyboard, press the «X» icon.
After transcribing the text, send the message on WhatsApp – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
The interesting thing about the Drivemode app is that it is practical for those who drive or are cooking, for example. With it, it is possible to give complete commands by voice without having to press the buttons on the screen. The resource is free and works in Portuguese.
Step 1. Download and install Drivemode on your phone. When you open the app, it will already start the driving mode. Thus, when receiving a new message via WhatsApp, the software will ask if you want to read the message. Confirm by voice: «Listen to a message» or, if you prefer, tap the green play button. The app will read the message out loud. Then give the «Reply to Message» voice command.
Tap to hear the message received via WhatsApp and answer by Drivemode using voice commands – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. Drivemode opens the voice tag on Android. Now, just speak your message normally and the system will capture the text. When you take a long break, the app will take you to the upload screen. Just confirm the message and give the command «Send message» or, if you prefer, touch the green arrow button. If the text is wrong, you can say the command «Try Again» and repeat the procedure.
Send your message to the WhatsApp contact using your voice – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara