Dictation lets you use speech-to-text capabilities in OneNote for Android to take notes by using the microphone in your mobile device along with a reliable Internet connection. Using dictation instead of typing on your mobile keyboard is a quick and convenient way to capture your thoughts and ideas.

Dictate your notes

In OneNote for Android, do the following: 

  1. On the home page, tap the microphone icon in the lower right corner.

    Note: You may be prompted to grant OneNote permission to access the microphone in your device if you are using dictation for the first time. 

  2. Wait for OneNote to confirm that it's "Listening..." before you begin to speak. As you talk, the on-screen microphone animation will pulsate to confirm that it's detecting your voice.

  3. To pause dictation at any time, tap the microphone button on your screen. To resume recording, tap the microphone button again.

Use voice commands while recording

While your are dictating notes, you can use a variety of voice commands to format your notes or insert special characters.

  • To insert punctuation into your spoken notes, say supported words and phrases like "period," "question mark," or "comma" without pausing. To insert a line break, say "new line." To start a new paragraph, say "new paragraph."

    Tip: See the "Punctuation" section later in this article for a list of other available voice commands.

  • To insert special symbols, say "ampersand," "dollar sign," or "smiley face." 

    Tip: See the "Symbols," "Mathematics," "Currency," and "Emoji" sections later in this article for a list of other available voice commands.

Change the dictation language or settings

While in dictation mode, tap the Settings icon in the lower left for the following:

  • Spoken Language — View and change your preferred languages. By default, dictation in OneNote is set to your default document language in Office.

  • Auto Punctuation — Toggle the check-mark on or off. This option is available only if your selected language supports automatic punctuation.

  • Voice Commands — Toggle voice commands on or off. By default, voice commands are enabled for supported languages.

  • Profanity Filter — When enabled, potentially sensitive phrases are masked with **** in the voice transcription.

Supported languages

Dictation in OneNote for Android currently supports the following spoken languages: 

  • Chinese (China)

  • English (Canada)

  • English (United Kingdom)

  • English (United States)

  • French (France)

  • German (Germany)

  • Italian (Italy)

  • Spanish (Spain)

  • Spanish (Mexico)

In addition, the following Preview languages are available to try out: 

Note: Preview languages may have lower accuracy or limited punctuation and voice command support.

  • Danish (Denmark)

  • Dutch (Netherlands)

  • English (Australia)

  • English (India)

  • Finnish (Finland)

  • French (Canada)

  • Hindi (India)

  • Japanese (Japan)

  • Korean (Korea)

  • Bokmål (Norway)

  • Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal)

  • Swedish (Sweden)

  • Russian (Russia)

  • Polish (Poland)

  • Thai (Thailand)

  • Chinese (Taiwanese Mandarin)

Voice commands for punctuation

Say this

To get this

period, full stop
question mark
exclamation mark/point
new line
                    new line
new paragraph
                    new paragraph
open quotes
close quotes
" "
ellipsis, dot dot dot
begin/open single quote
end/close single quote
' '
left/open parentheses
right/close parentheses
( )
left/open bracket
right/close bracket
[ ]
left/open brace
right/close brace
{ }

Voice commands for symbols

Say this

To get this

forward slash
vertical bar sign, pipe character
backquote, backtick
paragraph sign/mark
section sign
ampersand, and sign
at sign
copyright sign
registered sign
degree symbol
caret symbol

Voice commands for mathematics

Say this

To get this

percent sign
number/pound sign
plus sign
minus sign
multiplication sign
plus or minus sign
division sign
equal sign
less than sign, left angle bracket
greater than sign, right angle bracket

Voice commands for currency

Say this

To get this

dollar sign
pound sterling sign
euro sign
yen sign

Voice commands for emoji

Say this

To get this

smiley face
frowny face
winky face
heart emoji


This service does not store your audio data or transcribed text. 

Your speech utterances will be sent to Microsoft and used only to provide you with text results. 

For more information about experiences that analyze your content, see Connected Experiences in Office.

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