Dictapad is a transcription app for the iPhone and iPad. It assists in the transcription of lectures, interviews, depositions or any long audio file by playing back at an adjustable rate while you type.

Best experienced with the iPad Smart Keyboard or a Bluetooth keyboard.

Dictapad offers handy keyboard shortcuts that allow you to scrub through your audio, adjust playback rate and insert timestamps — all without ever lifting your hands from the keyboard. In addition, on-screen buttons allow for easy control of playback if you are using the on-screen keyboard.

You can get your audio into Dictapad in several ways. You can:
• Browse your Dropbox files from within Dictapad
• AirDrop audio files from your Mac or iPhone
• Bring audio files in from other apps, like Voice Notes or Mail
• Use audio files from your iTunes library
• Copy files into Dictapad's folder in iTunes File Sharing

Once you're done transcribing, Dictapad allows export to your other iPad apps that accept text files, like DropBox, Pages, Notes or any iPad text editor. You can also print directly from Dictapad using AirPrint.

If you experience any issues with Dictapad, please get in touch at; we can usually respond within a couple of days.

Five-star reviews for Dictapad:

“I conduct a lot of interviews that need to be transcribed, and this is by far the best tool for doing so. I've never had a problem with it - it just works.”

“With this app, I’ve come close to transcribing audio at 3/4 speed without stopping, where my old method… could take 2-4 minutes per minute of audio.”

“I have been using it for more than three years and I am very happy with this app.”

“For the price, this app is a no-brainer.”

What's New

Version 2.22

It’s Dictapad 2.22, back with a whole slew of new features!

• A new “Snap back on pause” option can move the play head back when you pause, so you don't miss a thing.
• “Seek Forward” and “Seek Back” times can now be set independently in the Settings menu.
• A new “Manage…” button is accessible by swiping left on documents in the list:
- The “Manage” screen allows you to rename documents.
- You can also assign color coded tags to help keep your documents organized.
• You can customize the names and order of your tags in the “Manage Tags” screen in Settings. (i.e.: make yellow “In Progress” and green “Completed”)
• Tapping the “All Documents” header in the document list allows you to filter documents by tag.


What’s new in version 2:
After five years on the App Store, Dictapad is going 2.0! It’s the same great Dictapad, rewritten from the ground up for for modern devices. First and foremost, Dictapad is now a universal app, which means you can transcribe on the go on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can transcribe using the on-screen keyboard, or a Bluetooth keyboard paired to your device. Other highlights include:

• Support for modern iOS keyboard shortcuts
• Transcription of audio tracks from video files
• Higher quality time stretching, and the option to speed up playback
• A “Transcribe in Dictapad” action for easy import from iOS Voice Notes and other apps
• Split-screen and slide-over mode on supported devices
• Improved on-screen scrubbing controls
• Improved file management tools
• Improved VoiceOver accessibility

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings

Almost Perfect

Daniel Gigantic

I use this app to type on a daily basis. With the most recent update, I get occasional crashes when reopening the app or multitasking on the iPad Pro. Also, in the past it was exceptional about saving my work even after the occasional crash or after having my iPad closed for a while. With the most recent update, I had one instance in which I had typed up to the 20-minute mark and it reverted the text only back to around the 10-minute mark. Fortunately, I had saved recently and didn’t suffer too much of a loss. Now I feel the need to save every several minutes. Please fix this soon! I love the app and it has been a great companion for my away from home work for the past two years.

EDIT: Most recent update has furthered some issues in which exiting and coming back makes the time bar disappear. To fix, I have to close and reopen, and then I can’t always get the bottom of my text to display. Also, when multitasking, the side bar that usually contains documents will glitch and just show a smaller version of the main typing screen.

Incredibly simple; lacking necessary transcription features


I just bought this app and am very disappointed. It doesn’t include necessary transcription features like the ability to add keyboard shortcuts (how many times will I have to type [laughing] or Interviewee: or [inaudible]? It also doesn’t allow for the ability to return to a time stamp - though it does enter them, you have to manually scrub to a place in the recording to get there again. Finally (though this is only after trying to use the app for 2 minutes), there’s no way to hide the “documents” panel in landscape mode. This is a TYPING app, so of course I want to keep the iPad in landscape mode while I’m transcribing. I don’t need to see that panel, but do need to see as much of my transcribed text as possible.

One more thing - apparently it only works with headphones!

Wonderful App


It's a much needed app to be able to transcribe lectures or coaching sessions. I can stop and start right from the keyboard. Slow down or speed up. Even go backwards or forwards. It definitely helps me get the job done.


Panchromatic, LLC
51.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011-2016 Panchromatic LLC


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