Google Docs has an amazing hidden feature called voice typing.
The feature is beneficial for students trying to take notes during lectures, although anyone who isn't so good at typing speed can benefit.
However, some users have encountered issues regarding the voice typing feature. Namely, many have reported that the feature is not working at all.
It is not uncommon for this to happen, but it can be fixed.
The following article provides six possible solutions that can help you get the speech-to-text option working again.
If you like typing instead of using the speech-to-text option, check out how to insert an old-school typewriter font into your Google Docs.
The voice typing feature might not be working for several reasons:
Below are seven recommended troubleshooting actions to try to fix the voice typing feature in Google Docs.
Some of the best Google Docs features work only if you use the Google Chrome browser.
The same applies to the voice typing feature that is only available if you use the Chrome browser.
So, in case you are using Safari, Mozilla, Microsoft Edge, or other internet browsers, switch to Google Chrome to find the voice typing feature.
This is a screenshot of the missing feature in the Safari browser.
The second reason the voice typing feature doesn't work is that you haven't granted Google Chrome access to your microphone.
Here is how you can fix that:
Updating your browser might fix many issues, including the inability to enable voice to speech option.
Here is how you can do that:
You might not be able to voice type if the microphone volume on your device is muted or set to the lowest levels.
Increasing the microphone's volume can help it pick up the voices in the background.
As a result of the browser accumulating data and cache for a long time, some websites and their functions will not operate properly.
Cleaning the cache, history, and cookies in your browser can help the overall performance of your computer as well.
Here is how to do that:
In case none of the listed fixes activates the voice typing option, contact Google support.
Voice typing is a valuable technology that helps many people to take notes effectively whenever they need it.
Fortunately, Google Docs, one of the most widely used writing and editing software, offers this feature.
But if you are having problems accessing this option some of the solutions offered should help you solve it.
If you want to learn more cool Google Docs features, learn how you can chat using the built-in Google Docs chat.