Siri Dictation Guide

Here is a visual guide listing many of the most popular dictation commands to use with Siri. Ideal if you want to try text dictation on your iPhone for sending messages, emails, or making notes.

If you’ve used any sort of voice recognition software before, a lot of these commands will be familiar.

In this article, we trigger Siri using the “Hey Siri” voice command. Did you know there are other methods available, depending on your device? You can read about them all in our how to use Siri guide.

Make sure Dictation is turned on by opening the Settings app and tap Keyboard > Enable Dictation. The switch should be toggled to the on position.

Enable Dictation
Check Dictation is switched on

You can then trigger dictation by using the “Hey Siri” voice command, or by tapping the microphone icon at the bottom right of your device’s keyboard.

Dictation Microphone
Tap on the microphone icon to dictate

Siri Dictation Commands

Below is a comprehensive list of dictation commands. Use the search field to filter by keyword.

CommandActionBeforeAfter
New lineMove to the next line
New paragraphStart a new paragraph
CapCapitalise the next wordI like 'cap' sunshineI like Sunshine
Caps on ... caps offCapitalise a section of text'caps on' twenty types of flower 'caps off'20 Types of Flower
All capsMake the next word all uppercaseI 'all caps' love summerI LOVE summer
All caps on ... all caps offMake part of what you say uppercaseI 'all caps on' love summer 'all caps off'I LOVE SUMMER
No capsMake the next word lowercaseI like 'no caps' CapitalsI like capitals
No caps on ... no caps offMake sure part of what you say is all lowercaseWe like the cities 'no caps' London and Sydney 'no caps off' the mostWe like the cities london and sydney the most
Space barPrevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated word
No spacePrevent a space between words
No space on ... no space offPrevent a section of text from having spaces between words
"Period" or "full stop"Place a "." at the end of a sentence
Dot.The number pi is three 'dot' one fourThe number pi is 3.14
Point.The 'point' number pi is three 'point' one fourThe point number pi 3.14 (note the subtle difference between saying 'point' and 'dot' dot works between words)
"Ellipsis" or "dot dot dot"...
Comma,
Double comma,,
"Quote" or "quotation mark""
"Quote ... end quote" or "quote ... close quote"Place quotes around a section of textShe said 'quote' see you next week 'end quote'She said "see you next week"
Apostrophe'
Exclamation point!
Inverted exclamation point¡
Question mark?
Inverted question mark¿
Ampersand&
Asterisk*
Open parenthesis or 'left paren'*(
Close parenthesis or 'right paren'*)
Open bracket[
Close bracket]
Open brace{
Close brace}
Dash-This dash is dash my dash cheeseThis - is - my - cheese (note the difference in spacing between this and when saying hyphen)
Hyphen-This 'hyphen' is 'hyphen' my 'hyphen' cheeseThis-is-my-cheese (note the difference in spacing between this and when saying dash)
Em dash
Underscore_
Percent sign%
Copyright sign©
Registered sign®
Section sign§
Dollar sign$
Cent sign¢
Euro sign
Yen sign¥
Degree sign
Caret^
At sign@
Pound sterling sign£
Pound sign#
Greater than sign>
Less than sign
Forward slash/
Back slash\
Vertical bar|
"Smiley" or "smiley face" or "smile face"🙂
"Frowny" or "frowny face" or "frown face"🙁
"Winky" or "winky face" or "wink face"😉
E.g. (pronounced as "e g")e.g.'e g' when you learn to ride a bikeE.G. when you learn to ride a bike
i.e. (pronounced as "i e")i.e.'i e' when you learn to ride a bikeI.e. when you learn to ride a bike
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