Capturing Text from Dictation in iOS

Capturing Text from Dictation in iOS

Users of your app can tap that little microphone key on the left side of the keyboard to speak what they would normally type in. A handy feature for users, but difficult to track in your application. While the UITextView or UITextField text property gets populated, it doesn’t call the standard delegates such as shouldChangeCharactersInRange.

How to capture the text from a UITextField:

Add this to your awakeFromNib or viewDidload method

[self.textField addTarget: self
action: @selector(eventEditingChanged:)
forControlEvents: UIControlEventEditingChanged];

The implementation of the eventEditingChanged method

-(void)eventEditingChanged:(UITextField *)sender {

if (sender.text.length <= 0) {

UITextInputMode *inputMode = sender.textInputMode;
NSString *modeIdentifier = [inputMode respondsToSelector:@selector(identifier)] ? (NSString *)[inputMode performSelector:@selector(identifier)] : nil;

if([modeIdentifier isEqualToString:@"dictation"])
//do something with sender.text

How to capture the text from a UITextView:

Add this to your awakeFromNib or viewDidLoad method

[[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(modeChange:) name:UITextInputCurrentInputModeDidChangeNotification object:nil];

The implementation of the modeChange method

-(void)modeChange:(NSNotification *)notification
NSString *inputMethod = self.textView.textInputMode.primaryLanguage;

if (inputMethod != nil) {
if (![inputMethod isEqualToString:@"dictation"]) {
//do something with self.textView.text

And finally remove the observer

- (void) dealloc
[[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] removeObserver:self];

Now your users will not be stifled from their laziness of not typing. Enjoy capturing that dictated text.

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