How do I convert voice recording to text on my Samsung?

Converting voice recordings to text on a Samsung device can provide many benefits. Transcribing audio files into written documents saves time compared to typing or writing out the content manually. It also increases productivity by allowing quicker documentation. Additionally, voice-to-text conversion improves accessibility for those who find it easier to speak rather than type content. Samsung’s integrated voice-to-text features make transcribing audio effortless by leveraging the power of AI and machine learning.1


Samsung devices running Android 9.0 Pie or newer have built-in support for converting voice recordings to text. This includes popular models like the Galaxy S21, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy Z Fold 3. Older Samsung phones may require downloading a third party app.

To check if your Samsung device supports voice to text, go to Settings > About Phone and look at the Android version. It should be 9.0 or higher.

Enable Voice Recorder App

The Voice Recorder app comes pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy devices. However, you may need to enable it and grant it microphone permissions first before you can use it to record audio and transcribe voice to text.

To enable the Voice Recorder app on your Samsung device:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap “Apps” or “Applications.”
  3. Tap “Application manager” or “Manage applications.”
  4. Tap “Samsung apps” or “Samsung applications.”
  5. Locate and tap on “Voice Recorder.”
  6. Tap “Enable” to turn on the Voice Recorder app.

You also need to enable microphone access for the Voice Recorder app in order to record audio:

  1. Go back to Settings and tap “Apps.”
  2. Tap “Permission manager.”
  3. Tap “Microphone” and turn on “Allow” next to Voice Recorder.

Once enabled, you can open the Voice Recorder app and start making voice recordings.

Make a Voice Recording

To make a clear voice recording on your Samsung device using the built-in Voice Recorder app, follow these steps:

1. Open the Voice Recorder app on your Samsung device. You can find it in the Apps menu or by searching.

2. Tap the red record button at the bottom to start recording. Speak clearly and closely into the microphone.

3. Adjust the recording quality in Settings if needed. Higher quality settings like HD Voice can capture clearer audio (

4. When finished, tap the stop button. Tip: keep recordings under 5 minutes to avoid file size issues.

5. You can preview the recording with the play button. Re-record if needed until you have a clear voice recording.

6. Tap save to save the recording to your device storage. Name the file for easy identification.

Following these steps will allow you to easily record voice memos, interviews, speeches, music, and other audio using Samsung’s Voice Recorder app.

Open Voice Recorder Transcribe

The Samsung Voice Recorder app has a built-in Transcribe feature that can automatically transcribe your voice recordings into text. To access this feature:

  1. Open the Voice Recorder app on your Samsung device.
  2. Tap on the recording you want to transcribe. This will open up the recording details.
  3. Tap on the “Transcribe” button at the bottom of the screen. This will initiate the transcription process.
  4. The app will now process the recording and transcribe it into text. You will see the text appear on the screen as it is being transcribed.
  5. Once the transcription is complete, you can tap on the text to edit or copy it as needed.

The Transcribe feature in the Samsung Voice Recorder app provides a quick and easy way to get a text version of your voice recordings without needing to use any other apps. The transcription happens automatically in the background without any input needed from you. This makes it very convenient for transcribing interviews, lectures, notes and more.

Transcribe Recording

Once you have completed recording audio on your Samsung device, you can transcribe the recording into text using the Transcribe feature in the Voice Recorder app. Follow these steps:

1. Open the Voice Recorder app and tap on the recording you want to transcribe. This will open up the recording details.

2. Tap on the Transcribe button at the bottom of the screen. This will start processing the audio file and transcribing it.

3. You will see the audio waveform and the transcription appearing in real-time. Allow it to complete transcribing the entire recording.

4. Once completed, you can tap on sections of the transcription to play back that portion of the audio. This allows you to check the accuracy and make any corrections.

5. Edit the transcription if needed by tapping on the text. This will open an editor to make changes and fix any transcription errors.

6. When done, tap the Save button to save the edits.

The Voice Recorder app leverages AI for automated speech-to-text transcription. It can transcribe recordings in over 30 languages with impressive accuracy. However, results may vary based on audio quality, speaker accents, and ambient background noise. Overall it provides a quick and convenient way to get a text transcript of any recording made on your Samsung device.

Edit Transcription

Once the voice recording has been transcribed, you can review and edit the generated text for accuracy. The Voice Recorder app allows you to play back the original audio while viewing the transcription, so you can catch any errors.

To edit the transcription, open the transcribed file in the Voice Recorder app and tap on the text. This will bring up the editing screen. You can tap on any section of text to play back the associated part of the recording and verify it matches. If you notice an error, you can simply tap to edit the text as needed.

Some tips for effective editing include:

  • Listen to unclear sections multiple times to determine what was said.
  • Pay close attention to punctuations and formatting like paragraphs, which may not translate properly from speech.
  • Correct any spelling or grammar errors.
  • Format the text for clarity and readability.

Take the time to thoroughly review and edit the transcription. While the speech-to-text technology is very advanced, it may still make occasional mistakes. Double checking the accuracy of names, figures, and other key details is important.

Once you are satisfied with the edits, you can export the finished document and use the clean transcription as needed – for notes, reports, dictation and more. With just a little review, the Voice Recorder app can convert your spoken words into an accurate text document.

Export Transcription

Once you have finalized the transcription, you can export it as a text file to save or share. Here are the steps:

1. Open the Samsung Voice Recorder app and select the recording with the completed transcription.

2. Tap the 3-dot menu icon in the upper right corner.

3. Select “Export as text file” from the menu.

4. Choose where you want to export the file – you can save it locally to your device storage or share it via installed apps.

5. Tap “Export.” The transcription text will be exported and saved as a .txt file in the selected location.

The exported text file contains the full transcription of your voice recording in plain text format. You can now access the text outside of the Voice Recorder app, for example to share it or use it in other apps.

Alternative Apps

There are a few alternative third-party apps you can use on your Samsung phone to transcribe voice recordings to text:


Speechnotes is a free Android app that provides fast and accurate voice transcription. It can transcribe unlimited recordings and syncs between devices. Speechnotes does require an internet connection to transcribe.


Otter is another top-rated Android transcription app. It can transcribe meetings, interviews, lectures, and other voice recordings. The basic Otter app is free but a paid subscription unlocks additional features like cloud syncing. Otter also requires an internet connection.


Converting voice recordings to text on a Samsung device provides several useful benefits. By transcribing your voice memos and recordings, you can easily search and find the information you need from spoken content. The text transcripts also make it easier to edit and organize your thoughts from meetings, interviews, lectures or other recordings. Using the built-in Voice Recorder app or third party apps streamlines the process so you don’t have to manually type out long recordings. Overall, voice-to-text conversion enables you to get more value out of the audio content you capture on your Samsung device.

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