Are You Using The Kindle Fire HDX Dictation Feature?

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I just got my Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ yesterday and I am absolutely blown away by the quality of the display, how light and thin the tablet is, and how it’s got so many great features like voice recognition!


Here’s another one of those not quite hidden, but not exactly promoted, features of the new Kindle Fire HDX line of tablets: they can take dictation!

Yep, in any use situation where you might otherwise use that pop-up, virtual keyboard, you can just TELL your Kindle Fire HDX what you intended to type.

In my trials with it, the voice recognition is excellent.

Here’s how to access it:







Tap on any text field on any screen, web page, or in any app to put your cursor there and bring up the virtual keyboard. Look! To the left of the space bar there’s a “key” with a microphone icon on it:

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I never would’ve noticed it if someone hadn’t pointed it out to me. Tap on the microphone “key” to activate dictation mode. Note that the first time you do this, you’ll see the following pop-up alert:

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All that this means is exactly what it says: the voice recognition processing is taking place in the Cloud, on Amazon’s servers, when your HDX has an active WiFi or cell connection. Amazon documentation for the HDX states American English voice recognition is also available offline, with all processing happening right on the tablet, but that this offline feature is not yet available for other languages.

Now, just go ahead and say whatever it was you intended to type in the text field. For this test I said, “the simpsons tapped out,” and you can see for yourself how accurate the results were (VERY!):

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I’ve heard from other HDX owners that they’re using this feature to dictate entire emails, and even to enter text into word processor apps!

Again, note: voice recognition is only there on the second-generation, Kindle Fire HDX line, because those are the only Fires with a microphone and the latest Fire operating system.


I’ve never been a big fan of using the virtual keyboard on any of my devices—hunting and pecking one key at a time with a stylus is a pain!—, so this is a great little feature I expect I’ll be using all the time!


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  1. Comment by marcianne_m:

    Thanks for the tip I appreciate it very much !

    Wow my Kindle fire HDX just understood me when I asked it to enter an!

  2. Comment by George:

    I notice also that you can say “period” or “comma” and it will include them in the text.

  3. Comment by DJT:

    I am dictating this entry period it really is a great way to write short text messages and emails period as the previous owners said can it be improved question mark sure it can exclamation