MacMost Now 871: Google Voice Search On the iPhone

You can use the Google app to perform voice searches that return similar results to using Siri. Google voice searches can often be faster because your voice is interpreted on the phone, rather than being processed by a remote server. But Google voice search isn't integrated with iOS like Siri, so using both is your best option.

Comments: 19 Responses to “MacMost Now 871: Google Voice Search On the iPhone”

    James
    6 years ago

    How can you do the opposite?

    Say you receive a text message can you make the iPhone speak out the words of the text?

    THanks

      6 years ago

      You can do that with Siri, not the Google app. Just ask Siri: “Read me that message.”

    box
    6 years ago

    hi gary i downloaded this app google search and there is no voice to it, i looked in the setting for a switch to enable it but couldn’t find anything. i hear it talkking in your video,nothing on mine!
    thanks for any help.

      6 years ago

      Does it look like the one I show? Perhaps you downloaded the wrong app.

    box
    6 years ago

    yes its the same one as yours, i will try and restart my cell and see what happens

      6 years ago

      A restart shouldn’t make any difference. What version of the iPhone are you using? And which version of iOS? Maybe it only works on the later models? Also, check to make sure that the app you are using is up-to-date.

    Vivian Rosser
    6 years ago

    I have the iPhone 4 the voice isn’t working but the app is very clever

      6 years ago

      Check in your app’s settings. Make sure the Voice Search feature is on.

    Mike Fitzpatrick
    6 years ago

    Hi Gary, another great video, however i also cannot get any voice back at me. Im using an iPhone5 with the most up to date iOS. Voice from me works fine and the app is well slick but all i get is links, no voice.
    There is very little on the web regarding this, and i didn’t even know until today that it could do what you demonstrated.
    I am in the UK if that makes a difference.

      6 years ago

      Look in the app’s settings and see if anything there makes a difference.

        Mike Fitzpatrick
        6 years ago

        Voice search is turned on and there are no other voice related sections in settings. Thanks Gary

    E Bond Francisco
    6 years ago

    Talk about voice recognition. I was thrilled to watch this, and immediately opened it up on my iPhone 4. I was watching the video and you said: “What’s the weather going to be?” The iPhone heard that, typed out the question, and gave me the weather report for San Anselmo, CA (sunny and warm!). How cool is that?

    Thom Holland
    6 years ago

    I like this new app! My iPhone is too old to load Siri, so this helps me a lot.

    Michael Dunlop
    6 years ago

    The voice must be set to US on the phone for voice response to work. It does not work if set to UK etc. Hope that helps!

      Mike Fitzpatrick
      6 years ago

      Thanks Michael, that sorted the issue i was experiencing in the UK.
      BTW, you’re doing well this year at the TT.
      Thanks

    Michael Dunlop
    6 years ago

    Just to clarify:

    Touch the cog, top right.
    Touch Voice Search
    Select English (US)

    Rajesh Singh
    6 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    I’m facing the same problem..
    i don’t hear a reply. I just get the answer or search result instantly displayed tough.
    I’m using an iphone 3GS.
    Cheers.

    Rajesh Singh
    6 years ago

    Oh i’m sorry,
    i just read Michael Dunlop’s comment & it works now!!

    Cheers Michael!!

    Thanks Gary.

    Michael Dunlop
    6 years ago

    Rajesh – very welcome – so glad it worked for you. Took me ages to find out the answer to the problem that really annoyed me too! Cheers!

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