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Free or Low Cost Apps


Enjoy these apps that make dictation even easier.  These are available for anyone to use and provide various support for dictation.

Voice Control for Mac, iPad, iPhone

Apple logoVoice Control for Mac, iPad, iPhone:

Voice Recognition in Windows 10

Windows logoVoice Recognition in Windows:

  • Control a computer by voice
  • Search "Ease of Access" to find all accessibility features, including "Narrator" function
  • uses commands to navigate a computer
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows

Voice Typing in Google Docs

Google Voice typing logoVoice Typing in Google Docs:

  • speech-to-text for Google Docs
  • Go into your Tools menu in Google Docs and select "Voice Typing"
  • click on the microphone and start speaking
  • correct mistakes without moving your cursor
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome

Google Read & Write

Read & Write app logoGoogle Read & Write:

  • text-to-speech functionality to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting
  • text and picture dictionaries
  • dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading, and studying
  • create and listen to voice notes
  • Cost: Free for trial, $145 per year ($12 per month)
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension, Android


Gboard app logoGBoard:

  • voice typing to dictate text on the go
  • emoji search and GIFs
  • glide typing
  • supports a number of languages
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Dragon Anywhere

Dragon Anywhere logoDragon Anywhere:

  • speech recognition software
  • create templates, add custom words, and dictate documents
  • no time or length limits
  • share, import, and export
  • Cost: $14.99/month
  • Compatibility: iOS, Android

Dictation for Gmail

Dictation for Gmail logoDictation for Gmail:

  • speech-to-text Chrome extension to dictate emails
  • built into gmail account
  • over 60 languages
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension app

  • speech-to-text web application
  • copy, save, publish, tweet, play, email, or print dictate text
  • over 100 languages
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: online web application for Chrome browser


LipSurf app logoLipSurf:

  • voice control for the web
  • works for Google docs, webpages, gmail, and more
  • customizable shortcuts
  • variety of tutorials to become more familiar with the tools
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension


Speechnotes app logoSpeechnotes:

  • speech-to-text tool for dictation
  • create new sessions, save to Google Drive, email, or print
  • Zoom options available
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome browser