How to fix dictation not working on iPhone 14 Pro Max

By Moses Johnson - Editor
6 Min Read

Dictation is a fantastic feature that allows you to speak to your iPhone and have it convert your speech into text. It’s incredibly convenient for those who prefer speaking over typing, or for those who have difficulty typing on a small keyboard. However, like all technology, it’s not always perfect. You may find yourself in a situation where your dictation isn’t working on your iPhone 14 Pro Max, and you’re left frustrated and unable to communicate efficiently. Sometimes the dictation microphone icon may be missing on the keyboard or it may not convert what you speak into text. In this article, I’ll explain why dictation is not working on your iPhone 14 Pro Max and show you how to fix the problem for good!

The onscreen keyboard showing the Dictate key (in the bottom-right corner), which you can tap to begin dictating text.  

Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Why Does My iPhone 14 Pro Max Dictation Not Work?

There could be any number of reasons dictation isn’t working on your iPhone 14 Pro Max. It could be a hardware or software error or something completely different. And the error can appear in many ways, too, but the most common is you can open dictation, but once you speak, it never actually creates the words you spoke.

If dictation is not working on your iPhone 14 Pro Max, you can use the troubleshooting steps below to isolate and fix the problem.

How to Fix It When iPhone 14 Pro Max Dictation Isn’t Working

These troubleshooting steps should help get dictation working again on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Work through each one until you find the solution that gets your dictation going again.

Connect to Wi-Fi or Cellular

You can use dictation offline on iPhone 14 Pro Max. However, not all dictation languages work without being connected to the internet. So, for best results, make sure your iPhone 14 Pro Max is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Visit any webpage in Safari or play a YouTube video to see if you’re connected to the internet or not. In case you aren’t, fix Wi-Fi and Cellular data issues.

Please note: when you select a new dictation language (or immediately after setting up your iPhone), you will have to connect to Wi-Fi for support files to download.

Enable and disable Airplane Mode

If dictation is not working on your iPhone 14 Pro Max, try toggling the Airplane Mode on and off. This might seem like a strange solution, but it works because it resets your iPhone’s network connections and can clear up any issues that are affecting your dictation.

Go to the iPhone settings app and enable Airplane Mode. After waiting for around 15 seconds, tap the same toggle to turn off Airplane Mode.

Force quit the app in question and reopen it

If the above solutions didn’t work, try force quitting the app that you’re trying to use dictation in. Sometimes apps can get stuck or frozen, which can cause dictation to stop working. To force quit an app, simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen to bring up the app switcher. Then, swipe the app that’s causing problems up and off the screen to close it. Finally, reopen the app and try dictation again.

Restart the dictation feature

If dictation is still not working on iPhone 14 Pro Max after trying these methods, it might be time to disable and re-enable the feature itself. This can help refresh dictation and give it a fresh start.

Follow these steps to turn off and turn on dictation which should ensure it starts working correctly. This particular step will help you verify if you had enabled dictation in the first place or not!

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap General.
  2. Tap Keyboard.
  3. Turn off Enable Dictation > Turn Off Dictation.
  4. Wait for a few seconds and restart your iPhone.
  5. Go to Settings > Keyboard and turn on the switch for Enable Dictation.

Now, open the Apple Notes app, tap the microphone icon on your keyboard, and dictation should work like a charm.

Turn off extra dictation languages

If you have multiple languages enabled for dictation, try turning off the ones you don’t use. This can help improve the accuracy of dictation by reducing the number of languages it has to process. This is especially important if you are bilingual or multilingual, you might have added more than one keyboard to your iPhone. After that, you’ll see a Dictation Languages option appear below the Enable Dictation toggle. Tap it and uncheck all the languages except one. Now, restart your iPhone and try using dictation. It should work as expected.

Once that’s done, you can check more dictation languages if you want to use them. In case doing so starts causing dictation problems again, update your iPhone.

Important: Make sure you select the right accent for the same language. For example, if I’m from India, for best results, I should select English (India) as my dictation language instead of English (US) or English (UK).

Dictation option missing in iPhone Settings?

If you don’t see the Enable Dictation option in the steps above, follow these two fixes:

Add iOS keyboard

You will lose Apple’s dictation feature if you add just a third-party keyboard (like SwiftKey) and remove the built-in Apple keyboard. To see the Enable Dictation option in iPhone keyboard settings, do the following:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard.
  2. Choose a keyboard under Suggested Keyboards or Other iPhone Keyboards.
  3. Now go back and you should see the Enable Dictation option. If not, restart your iPhone.

Note: Some third-party keyboard (like SwiftKey) may also offer their own dictation feature. You can use that while using the third-party keyboard.

Make sure the Restriction for Siri & Dictation is not enabled

Restrictions are controls that keep certain apps from working on iPhone. They’re most often used as part of the parental controls, but you may have accidentally turned on the restriction for Siri & Dictation unknowingly. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix. Follow these steps to ensure dictation is not restricted:

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. If it says, Turn On Screen Time, you can skip all the steps below. Else, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. If Content & Privacy Restrictions is disabled, you can skip the steps below. If it’s enabled, tap Allowed Apps.
  4. Under Allowed Apps, make sure Siri & Dictation is enabled.

You should see the Enable Dictation option after adding the iOS keyboard and ensuring dictation isn’t restricted.

Try using dictation without AirPods or earphones

The next thing you can try when experiencing dictation issues on your iPhone 14 Pro Max is to use the feature without any external devices such as AirPods or earphones. Sometimes, these devices can interfere with the microphone and cause issues with dictation. So, if you’re having problems, try disconnecting any external audio devices and then attempt to use dictation again.

Remove iOS keyboard and add it again

The next solution to try if dictation is not working on iPhone 14 Pro Max is removing the iOS keyboard and adding it again. This can be helpful if the keyboard is experiencing a glitch or other issue that is affecting dictation. Here’s how you can remove the iPhone keyboard and re-add it to ensure dictation works:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards.
  2. Tap Edit > red minus icon > Delete > Done to remove the keyboards. You can leave the Emoji keyboard.
  3. Tap Add New Keyboard and select your desired iPhone keyboard. Now, open Notes or a similar app and use dictation. It should work well.

Turn off Siri and then turn it back on

If dictation is not working on your iPhone 14 Pro Max after trying the above steps, you can try disabling Siri, waiting 10-15 seconds, and then turning it back on.

  1. Go to Settings and tap Siri & Search.
  2. Turn off Listen for “Hey Siri” and Press Side Button for Siri.
  3. Restart your iPhone.
  4. Enable Siri again by turning on the switches you turned off in step 2.

Remove any obstructions to your microphone

A case or screen protector blocking the microphone port on your iPhone could distort your voice and make it difficult for the speech-to-text engine to understand what you’re saying. Remove anything which could be obstructing the microphone, and then try again.

Tip: Obstructions can also include any dirt or debris in the microphone port. Use a cloth, dry brush, or toothpick to clean the microphone holes.

Important: If any external device (like earphones) is attached to your iPhone, disconnect it to ensure the on-device mic is used.

Update your iPhone

We can’t rule out the possibility of dictation not working on iPhone 14 Pro Max due to software bugs. To fix this, go to iPhone Settings > General > Software Update and get the latest version of iOS.

Reset network settings or all settings

In case the iPhone 14 Pro Max dictation problem continues, reset your phone’s network settings. This should help, and if it doesn’t, you can reset all settings.

Contact Apple Support

If none of these options has restored the dictation feature on your iPhone 14 Pro Max, it’s probably time to make a Genius Bar appointment. The people who work the Genius Bar see all manner of issues and can probably help you get dictation working again in no time.

Fixed dictation not working on iPhone 14 Pro Max

You’ve fixed the problem and your iPhone 14 Pro Max dictation feature is working again! Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your friends and family what to do when dictation is not working on their iPhone 14 Pro Max. If you have any other questions about your iPhone, let us know in the comments section below.

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By Moses Johnson Editor
Moses Johnson is the Editorial Director of, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. Moses is commonly referred to online as The Professor, with decades of experience in tech under his belt.
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