Well, the more we have to type on our phones, the more we realize that how convenient voice typing is. Sure, it isn’t perfect, however, it is definitely getting really close. With wireless earphones being all the rage right now, the voice typing is being used more than ever actually. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Fix Microphone Missing From Keyboard. Let’s begin!
Amidst this, users have also noticed that their microphone icon seems to be missing on their keyboards. If you guys are one of them, then here is what you guys can do about it.
What is voice typing?
As the term suggests, Voice typing is actually a form of tying, without any physical touching your keyboard, if virtual or physical. The concept is not new and also has actually been around since the early 2000s.
But, as we move toward contactless communication along with wireless earphones and many other such devices, voice typing has also taken a front foot. Voice typing depends on speech recognition. This is by no means an easy feat because the number of languages and dialects in the world is astounding. But, in recent years we have seen technology bloom into each and every aspect of communication.
This incredible piece of technology is also not available right in the palm of your hand. Voice typing is basically integrated into almost each and every virtual keyboard on the Google Play Store as well. Using voice typing eliminates the need to physically type on your phone as well. You simply speak to your phone, and also the voice recognition engine translates your speech to text as well.
Microphone Icon Missing on Gboard?
Google Keyboard or ‘Gboard’ is a Google Virtual keyboard available to download from the Google Play Store. However, Google devices like the Pixel series come along with the keyboard preloaded, any user can download and turn on the keyboard on their device.
If you guys have noticed that the microphone button on your Google keyboard is missing. Now here are some possible solutions to help you get it back.
Clear app storage
This basically seems to be the most widely used fix for the problem. Clearing your keyboard app’s storage (clearing its data, and that is) deletes any changes and preference settings. That you have made to the app and also resets it to its original settings.
- In order to clear the Gboard app’s storage, head to your device’s Settings. Now go to ‘Apps’ as well. Here, you have to search for the Gboard app. If you do not find it, turn on ‘All apps’ from the top panel.
- Now head to Storage. At the bottom of the screen just click on ‘Clear cache’, and ‘Clear data’.
- Go ahead and then open a texting app, in order to check if this fixed the problem or not.
Check microphone permissions
The voice typing function needs the keyboard to be able to access your device’s microphone actually. It does this through request permissions. If it does not get these permissions, then it will not be able to access the microphone actually.
- To turn on microphone permission for your Gboard app, just open your device Settings, and head to Apps > Gboard.
- Now scroll down to ‘Permissions. Click on ‘Microphone’ and then choose ‘Allow’
Turn on Voice typing
This is a simple one, however, it’s always a good idea to check. By default when you guys download Gboard the voice typing setting is enabled as well. However, you could have disabled it via mistake.
In order to enable voice typing on Gboard, just open your device Settings. And head to General management > Language and input > On-screen keyboard as well.
Choose Gboard to open the setting for the Gboard app. Head to ‘Voice typing’ and toggle ‘Use voice typing’ on as well.
Turn off Faster voice typing
Faster voice typing is a really new feature that Google actually has begun rolling out to its line of Pixel devices actually. The idea is to decrease latency between speech recognition and transcription. But, a number of users have found that turning off this function seems to help along with the problem. So why not give it a go actually?
In order to disable Fast voice typing (if you have it), head to your device Settings. Follow the above guide to head to General management > Language and input > On-screen keyboard > Gboard as well.
Now under Voice typing, then toggle Faster voice typing off. Now restart your phone and then check your keyboard.
Microphone Icon Missing on Samsung keyboard
The Samsung keyboard is actually a fully equipped virtual keyboard that is preloaded along with all Samsung devices. The keyboard has emoji basically support as well as a dedicated GIF button. Samsung devices cannot actually uninstall the Samsung keyboard, But, they can still use third-party keyboards rather. The Samsung keyboard can only be downloaded from the Galaxy Store or via installing the APK.
If you guys have noticed that the microphone button on your Samsung keyboard is missing actually. Here are some possible solutions in order to help you get it back.
Turn on Google voice typing
Surprisingly the Samsung keyboard actually uses Google’s voice recognition in order to transcript your voice to text. Rather than its own Bixby voice. So if you guys do not have Google Voice typing enabled, then you will not see the microphone button that appear on your keyboard.
- In order to enable Google voice typing, now head to your device’s Settings. Now head to General management > Language and input > On-screen keyboard as well.
- Now choose ‘Manage keyboards’. Toggle ‘Google voice typing’ on.
- You will have to restart your device for the settings in order to take effect.
Turn on the Keyboard toolbar
The keyboard toolbar is added to the top of your keyboard in order to make different buttons.Such as Settings, and Voice typing easily accessible. When you turn on the toolbar, then you should see the voice typing button appear each and every time you open the keyboard.
In order to enable the keyboard toolbar on the Samsung keyboard, then just enter to your device Settings. Now head to General management > Language and input > On-screen keyboard. Choose ‘Samsung keyboard’ from the list.
Now choose ‘Style and layout’. Toggle ‘Keyboard toolbar’ on as well.
Check the Custom key
Well, Samsung recently moved the voice typing microphone button to the Custom key on the keyboard. This is because it added the setting in order to enable or disable the Keyboard toolbar. Whenever the Keyboard toolbar is disabled, the microphone button can be accessed via keeping the Custom key pressed.
The custom key on the Samsung keyboard is the comma (,) key actually. You have to open the keyboard in a messaging app, and hold down on the key. This should bring up a small menu along with additional buttons. You guys should see the microphone button there.
Restart your device
Because the Samsung keyboard depends on Google voice typing. A change to the Google app could affect the voice typing function on the keyboard as well. You have to restart your device to make sure there is no app interfering with it.
In order to restart your device, press and hold the power button for 3 seconds. Now choose ‘Restart’ from the new menu.
Microphone Icon Missing on LG keyboard
Like the Samsung keyboard, and the LG keyboard too uses Google voice typing for its voice typing function. The LG keyboard basically comes preinstalled on LG devices.
If you guys do not see the microphone button on your LG keyboard. Then here is what you can try.
Turn on Google voice typing
As mentioned above, the LG keyboard basically uses Google voice typing. So if you guys have that setting disabled, then you will not see the microphone button on your LG keyboard. If you want to enable Google voice typing, then head to Settings > Language and input.
Now toggle ‘Google voice typing’ on. You guys will have to restart your device for the settings in order to take effect.
Update the Google app
Google voice typing is synonymous with the main Google app. Make sure both, your keyboard as well as the Google app are updated.
In order to update your app, just head to the Google Play Store and search for the app. If the app actually has an update, then you should see an ‘Update’ option next to ‘Open’.
Reboot in Safe mode
Safe mode basically lets you run your OS in a controlled environment. This actually helps eliminate any third-party apps that you may have installed that could be interfering along with your keyboard. In order to boot your LG phone in safe mode, then keep the power button pressed for 3 seconds.
In the new menu, just tap and hold on the ‘Power off button. You guys will receive a message asking if you would like to restart in Safe mode as well. Just click on yes.
When your phone boots in Safe mode, then just open a text messaging app and check if your LG keyboard has the microphone button or not. If it does, then it means that an app on your phone is interfering along with the keyboard.
Then reboot your phone normally, and uninstall any apps that were installed around the time. That you noticed that the microphone button had disappeared actually.
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