The Android OS includes a voice recognition system for basic commands and voice dialing. Here’s how it works.
Often when driving (or typing away on the computer,) it can be a real distraction – not to mention dangerous – to initiate a phone call via manual navigation. Lucky for Android users, their operating system includes a primary voice recognition system for basic commands. You can make phone calls, or even open up apps.
Note: This article was written years ago using an older version of Android. Your modern version of Android will work much differently. You can now simply use Google Assistant to call people by their contact name.
1 – Open Voice Dialer
In your App Drawer (application list) by default, you should find the Voice Dialer 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.
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 on 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 already installed on your phone:
- Say “Open (application name)”
- Example: “Open Market”
To redial a number, just say “Redial.”
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 save you if your hands are tied since it is A LOT easier just to 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!