Voice typing, also known as speech-to-text, is an incredibly useful feature in Google Docs that allows you to dictate text instead of typing it. However, sometimes voice typing stops working properly. This can be frustrating if you rely on it to help you write faster.
In this article, we’ll explore the most common reasons why Google Docs voice typing may not be working and provide solutions to fix the problems. Follow these troubleshooting tips to get voice typing working again so you can enjoy hands-free writing.
Ensure You Have the Right Browser
The first thing to check is whether you have the right web browser. Voice typing in Google Docs only works on desktop versions of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. Make sure your browser is up to date to the latest version as well.
If you are using an unsupported browser, switch to one that works with voice typing. Chrome is recommended as you’ll get access to the full range of Docs features.
Check Microphone Settings
Before troubleshooting further, ensure your microphone is working properly. Go to your computer’s sound settings to test recording audio through the mic.
If the microphone isn’t picking up any input, try these steps:
- Inspect the microphone hardware for any damage.
- Check mic cable connections.
- Toggle the mute switch on/off.
- Adjust the microphone volume level higher.
- Change default recording device if you have multiple mics.
Grant Microphone Access to Google Docs
Voice typing won’t work if Google Docs doesn’t have permission to use your microphone for recording dictations.
On Chrome, go to Settings > Site Settings > Microphone and check if docs.google.com is allowed access. Toggle access on if disabled.
Disable Browser Extensions Temporarily
Some third-party Chrome extensions can block site access to hardware devices like the microphone.
To rule out conflicts, disable all extensions then test voice typing again. If it starts working, turn extensions back on one-by-one until you identify the problematic add-on.
Clear Browser Cache and Data
Cached data and files in Chrome can also disrupt proper functioning of voice typing.
Go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Clear Browsing Data to wipe the browser cache. Make sure to uncheck all boxes except “Cached images and files”.
Run Windows Audio Troubleshooter
If voice typing still doesn’t work, use the built-in Windows audio troubleshooting tool to scan for potential microphone issues.
Go to Settings > Update and Security > Troubleshoot to access troubleshooting tools. Run the “Recording Audio” troubleshooter and apply any recommended fixes.
With Google Docs voice typing disabled, writing documents can feel like a slow slog. Use the solutions outlined here to troubleshoot and restore speech-to-text functionality when it stops working.
Double check your browser, microphone settings, site permissions, extensions, cache, and Windows audio configuration. Pinpointing the cause can help get voice dictations running smoothly again.