Often when driving (or typing away on the computer) it can be a real distraction to manually navigate your phone to initiate a call. Lucky for Android users, the operating system includes a basic voice recognition system for basic commands. You can make phone calls, or even open up apps!
Step 1 – Open Voice Dialer
In your App Drawer (application list) by default you should find the Voice Dialer since it is included with nearly all Android versions. Tap Voice Dialer to open it.
*Note you can always add this “app” to your home screen for easy and quick access.
Step 2 – Android Voice Dialer commands
The Voice Dialer should open up. At this point it is pretty simple.
Here are the commands.
– If you want to call someone in your phone’s contact list:
- Say “Call (contact name)”
- Example: “Call Mr. Groove”
– If you want to input a phone number that is not in your contact list:
- Say “Dial (phone number)”
- Example: “Dial 4 2 5 5 5 5 2 2 2 2”
Be careful not to say the number too fast or the app will not recognize what you are saying.
– If you want to open an application that is already installed on your phone:
- Say “Open (application name)”
- Example: “Open Market”
To redial a number, just say “Redial.”
Step 3 – Confirm the command
Depending on what type of command you issued the confirmation dialog will vary. Either way, after inputting a command you’ll be required to Click a confirmation message on the physical phone.
After confirming the command your phone should start the call, open the app, or do whatever else you commanded it. While it may not be 100% hands free, this can really save you if your hands are tied since it is A LOT easier to just Click an app and confirmation window rather than browsing across home screens and app drawers. Not to mention, there is always that groovy “coolness” factor that lies in bossing your phone around by voice!