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Dragon Dictation

By Nuance Communications

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice.  So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.

Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages. For a full list of currently supported languages visit


Press Reviews:

David Pogue - The New York Times : “I’m finding Dragon to be a much faster, more efficient way to spit out e-mail messages, notes, text messages and Twitter updates. It’s really, really cool.”

Mel Martin - “Put this into the ‘I didn’t think they could ever get this to work on an iPhone’ category. I’m talking about Dragon Dictation from Nuance, the developers of the very popular Dragon Naturally Speaking for the PC.”

Arik Hesseldahl – BusinessWeek: “For the last few days I’ve been trying two Nuance iPhone apps, Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search on my iPhone. And while they’re not the first voice search or dictation apps for the iPhone, I certainly like the results I’ve been getting.”

iTunes Reviews:

Miker55 – “It’s understood everything I’ve said. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been driving and wanted to text someone but couldn’t. This app is great!!!”

Twebs – “For me Dragon dictation is a game changing application. The accuracy is outstanding and it’s very easy to use. I immediately notified everyone I know with an iPhone to pick up this application while it’s still free.”

Redman042 – “I can’t believe my iPhone can do this. Accuracy is amazingly good and transcription is very fast. You can’t even tell that transcription is being done online. I’m very very impressed.”


• Voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard
• Submit text to Social Networking applications – Twitter and Facebook
• Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words
• Voice driven correction interface


   1. Dragon Dictation requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE).
   2. Dragon Dictation works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required).


In order to improve recognition accuracy, Dragon Dictation will only upload names from your address book when permission is provided... no emails, addresses, phone numbers, or other personal information are uploaded. This information is not used for any purpose other than improving the usability of the application. Dragon Dictation will also utilize the data in spoken messages collected over time to continuously improve and provide high speech recognition accuracy. All data is stored in secure data centers according to stringent privacy and security standards.  For more information, please view our end user license agreement

Now supporting Catalan!

What's New in Version 2.0.28

Bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Definitely Needs Work

When this app works, it is truly indispensable. It does have trouble identifying some words at times, but I find that it does pick up more and more over time as you use it. However, because you can only choose one primary language, the app cannot process more than one language at once, and, this can be a problem if you're using more than one language in your work/study.

My main complaint is the reliability of this app. The app crashes on a regular basis, it loses contact with the system through which it processes your dictation, and, lately, the app stopped opening on my iPad, and all of my most recent work was lost. I have had to delete and reinstall this app on my iPad, to date, two times, and I've only been using it for approximately three weeks. Unfortunately, some of these issues are recent ones, and, thus, the company should seriously consider a substantial app update in the very near future.

Although I can honestly say that when it does work, this app is a great help to those of us who have hand/wrist issues where extensive typing is required, I cannot recommend the current version--best to find something else for now and/or wait for the app to be updated so some of these issues are (hopefully) addressed.

Very impressed

I am writing this review on that dictate program just in order to show its actual level of accuracy. It is not always right however you can type(tap on) what I'm ( whatever) writing (is) off and it gives a choice that's very close sounding. I think this program is pretty great it does become more accurate the more you use it. I love this program with the headset and all the whole thing for school I was wary of it here. I didn't( had not didn't) trouble with texting on the touchscreen ending up with AutoCorrect choosing crazy words or typing really confusing and misleading text and so I Jossies( chose to use) internal system or Siri and that ended up making it worse and when I was driving and things like that I could(couldn't) look and review it and ended up sending even more wild or offbeat messages. That's why overall I really like this program and even if I'm speaking low or fast or mumbling it is( still does) a really good job of detecting things and you(even) without a headset. For a free simple dictation system worry free as well I would give this program the best the gold standard the top rating.

Changed My Life!

This app has changed my life. I am a college student who does not type papers, instead I hand-write them and then type them as I type them. Using the software, I am able to speak my papers to my phone without typing at all. What would typically take me an hour or two hours to do now takes me 10 to 20 minutes to do. I am in love with this app. Copy-paste function is easy, and the words are usually accurate. There were only about 10 incorrect words out of 5 hand-written pages of text that I dictated. The text is easy to edit and copies nicely into other documents. Yes, it does stop recording sometimes. I'm able to see this, however, and pause where I am to move the text to a document, clear the text from the Dragon app, then start where I left off. I am very impressed.

Dragon Dictation
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Business
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.28
  • Size: 9.6 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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