Use Speech on my phone

Make a call, send a text, or find a pizza place using only your voice? You bet – with Speech, you can do all that and then some.

To use Speech

  1. Press and hold the Start Start button button on your phone to start Speech. Tap HelpHelp icon to see some examples of things you can say, or say "Help" to have your phone read the examples to you.

    Speech dialog box
    When you open Speech, your phone starts listening for a voice command.
  2. Here are some of the things you can do with your voice:

    To Say this

    Call someone from your contact list

    "Call contact name"

    (where contact name is the name of someone in your contact list)

    If the person has only one phone number in your contact card, the call will start. If he or she has multiple phone numbers, you'll see an option to choose one.

    Call any phone number

    "Call phone number"

    (where phone number is any phone number, whether it belongs to a contact or not)

    Redial the last number


    Send a text message

    "Text contact name"

    (where contact name is the name of someone in your contact list)

    This will start a text message to that person. Then you can dictate and send the message – hands-free.

    Call your voicemail

    "Call voicemail"

    Open an application

    "Open application" or "Start application"

    (where application is the name of any application on your phone, such as "Calendar," "Maps," or "Music")

    Search the web

    "Find search term" or "Search for search term"

    (where search term is what you're looking for)

    If you say "Find local pizza," for example, Bing will bring up a map of nearby pizza places.

  3. When you're done talking, tap Go, or just wait a couple of seconds.

You can also turn on Speech while you're already in a call to use certain commands. Press and hold the Start Start button button to start Speech, and then say one of the following:

  • "Press number" (where number is a number from 0 to 9) to press a number on the numeric keypad in order to navigate voicemail or an interactive voice response system.
  • "Speaker phone" to turn speaker phone on or off.
  • "Call name" (where name is the name of someone in your contact list) to put the call on hold and call someone else.


  • To use Speech while the phone is locked, go to Settings > Speech and select the Use Speech when the phone is locked check box.
  • If you want to cancel a Speech command, press the Back Back icon on the hardware button button on your phone or say "Cancel" on any listening screen.
  • Using your voice to make a phone call also works through a Bluetooth headset. To learn more about Bluetooth, see Pair my phone with a Bluetooth accessory.

Other Speech commands you can turn on

You can turn on additional Speech commands and functions in your phone's settings, including talking caller ID for incoming calls and texts. You can even tell your phone to read you a text and then dictate and send a reply.

  1. To turn on Speech for accessibility, tap SettingsSettings icon > Ease of access, and then turn on On iconSpeech for phone accessibility. This enables the following:

    • Talking caller ID for phone calls. When you get a call, your phone will announce the name or number of the caller.
    • Speed dialing. To assign a speed dial number, say "Save speed dial" and then follow the instructions. Once you assign some speed dial numbers, you can use the "Call speed dial" command to call them. Say "Call speed dial number" (where number is the assigned speed dial number)
    • Turning call forwarding on or off using Speech. Say "Turn call forwarding on" or "Turn call forwarding off."
  2. To have your phone announce and read incoming text messages, tap Settings > Speech, and then turn on On icon Play audio confirmations. Tap Read aloud incoming text messages, and then choose when you want to hear the announcements – all the time, or only when using a Bluetooth and/or a wired headset.

  3. When your phone announces an incoming text, you can say "Read it" or "Ignore." Then you can dictate and send a reply.


  • To learn about other accessibility features on the phone, see Accessibility on my phone.
  • Speech may not be available in your country or region.

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