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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Fix No Microphone Button on Keyboard

Because the Samsung Galaxy SIII is not equipped with a physical keyboard, that's why Samsung has included a virtual keyboard inside it that will help your writing activities, such as when you compose a text message or email. By default, this phone use the QWERTY keyboard as you can see in your PC or laptop's keyboard. This keyboard allows you to enter letters, numbers, characters and symbols .

See also: How to Use the Virtual Keyboard on Samsung Galaxy S3

In addition to manually typing using the virtual keyboard, you can also use the voice dictation feature available on this phone that will allow your phone to translate your voice into text when composing a text messages or email. All you need to do is tapping the Mic key on the keyboard to start voice dictation. Sounds easy, right? But, there are some users said that they have no mic icon on their keyboard and have no idea how to get it back. Well, if you're experiencing the same problem with them, better you check the steps below.


How to get back the mic button in the keyboard ?
To solve no mic button on your keyboard issue, kindly do as follows:
  1. Open the app that use the keyboard, such as Messaging app.
  2. Tap in the Enter text field to display the keyboard.
  3. Tap and hold the Settings icon on your keyboard until you see a pop-up menu appears.
  4. Without releasing your finger, swipe your finger to the Mic icon.
  5. Now, you have a mic icon on your keyboard.

By knowing the steps, now you can Easily put the mic icon on your virtual keyboard and use it to perform voice dictation. So, hope this helps :)

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  1. I have a Galaxy S4 and used the microphone...voice to text all the time. After my last update, the microphone disappeared. I have held down the button that everyone speaks of, and I see options. but microphone is not one of them. Is there any way to get that function back? I don't want a silly app I have to go to every time I want to use voice to text.

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    1. Hi Linda Hodgkiss,
      Thanks for coming and I'm so sorry for so late answer.
      I've just found the solution for you(I hope it will work). Try to go to Settings> tap "My device" tab> scroll down to find "Language and input", then tap it> make sure to enable (by ticking the checkbox) in the left side of the "Google voice typing".
      Now, you should be able to find Microphone icon when you long tap the key in the left side of the space bar .
      Hope it helps :)

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    2. thanks! It fixed my issue the last update removed it from messaging... and not even funny programmers! : )

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    3. Hi Frank Cook,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm happy to know that you can find something useful here :)

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    4. I'm so happy now I have a microphone too I couldn't find it thanks for the info guys

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    5. You're welcome, Lili.
      Thanks for coming here and let me know that you can find something useful here :)

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    6. My microphone icon still isn't showing how do I fix it because when I go to my Google keyboard and then preferences the voice input is still grayed out

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    7. Hi Hailey Servaty,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try performing reset app preferences in your phone (you can see the detail steps to do so in my reply for ZeeDot49928's comment). This will re-enable all disabled apps.
      Once done, enable the Google Voice Typing option.

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    8. THIS WORKS! Rehan thank you

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    9. Hi Anotherlook,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm happy to know that this post or one of my replies can help you to fix your issue :)

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    10. I have a galaxy note 4, I too lost my mic on the keyboard and u all have been a huge help, although I had to go to settings then language to get it back...

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    11. Holding on the settings and double clicking on the mic icon worked perfectly. Thanks so much.

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    12. I have an old S3. There is another box to check in the language area "voice typing" that needs clicked for those of us with ancient phones. :-)

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  2. This did not work for me at all. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3. When I hold the settings icon only 4 things pop up and they are the handwriting keyboard, my clipboard, settings, and keyboard format. I don't see any mic anywhere.

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    1. Hi Andrea Elizabeth,
      Thanks for coming.
      Have you tried to do the steps to enable Google voice typing as I've mentioned in my reply in the Linda's comment right above yours? Enabling Google voice typing option should be able to bring the Mic button back to your keyboard.

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    2. Hi Andrea...download/enable google search. Its the ONLY way to get mic back or keep on keyboard. It will immediately reappear on your keyboard.. Hope This helped.. Good luck! Note 3 user. My first time posting. So sorry if I double post!!

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    3. Hi Michelle C.,
      Thanks for coming and share your experience here.
      I also noticed that an app had connection with another app. That's why disabling app sometimes can causes a problem for another app.

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    4. Michelle C. answered the problem I was having specifically on my phone. I had disabled my google search. Who knew disabling Google Search is the same as saying 'I no longer want the microphone on my text keyboard screen'. LOL

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  3. I also have the same issue as Andrea Elizabeth. I have the same 4 symbols appearing when I press the Setting Icon on my keyboard but no mic. I have enabled the "Google Voice typing" in my Language and input. I also have and use the Google Search with voice. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hi ZeeDot49928,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to reset the app preferences by using the following steps:
      1. Go to Settings.
      2. Tap "More" tab.
      3. Tap "Application manager".
      4. Under the Downloaded tab, tap the Menu key and then select "Reset app preferences" (it'll re-enable all disabled apps and repopulate apps).
      5. Once done, restart the phone and then make sure you have selected "Samsung keyboard" as the default and enabled "Google voice typing" in the Language and input menu.

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    2. I have been searching for an answer to my microphone missing for months! Finally a fix! Thank you so much!

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    3. Hi Donna Chesley,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so happy to know that your problem finally can be solved :)

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  4. Thanks ... that last suggestion actually worked. I am grateful for your post.

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    1. Hi Patti Gillihan,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so happy to know that your issue finally can be resolved :)

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    2. Thank you. That was the fix I needed as well!

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  5. Tried all the above and nothing worked until the reset app prefs.
    tks

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    1. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for coming and let me know that you can find something useful here.
      I'm happy to know that your issue can be resolved :)

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  6. Thanks Michelle C. your suggestion turning on google search worked for me. I would have never thought to do that to get the microphone back on the keyboard. Your a life saver !!

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  7. None of this worked for me. I have no mic when holding the settings key on the keyboard. Google voice thing is checked on. Googlr search is enabled...i reset the app preferences, restarted my phone...nothing

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    1. Hi Amber Sweet,
      Thanks for coming.
      Do you remember what have you done before that mic icon disappeared?
      Other way, if you don't mind, you can try installing other keyboard apps and then try voice dictation with that keyboard app.

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  8. Omg it works!! I followed the second answer in this feed (about mic button missing) and I got the mic to come back to my texting keyboard! You have no idea how happy you just made me!! Thank you thank you thank you!

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    1. Hi Heidi Hirsch,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm happy to know that you can fix your problem using one of the answers listed here :)

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  9. Kudos to you T-moblow has nothing on you. T-moblow told me that it was an issue that was part of the new update. B.S. you made it easy to understand then having to wait an hour to get someone that should have been a little more honest and say "hey I don't know the answer" like every other time I have called for tech support and walked away empty handed.

    Kind regards

    Marsman

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    1. Hi Marshall Baker,
      Thanks for coming.
      Glad to know that you can find something useful here :)

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  10. Hi and Thank You for this service. I just bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8" OS Lollipop. I can not figure out, even with the help of the manual, how to disable/enable the microphone. I don't want to talk to my tablet, except for Skyping, and I don't want my tablet eavesdropping on me. "Mute Mic" has been removed from the Google Play Store. Do you have any ideas that will work for an elderly non-techie?

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  11. Thank you, Rehan. Your suggestion worked for me....with a few tweaks.

    I have an LG-D415 with Android 5.0.2 installed. In case someone lands on this page with a similar configuration to mine, I'm going to retype the original guidelines making changes that are relevant to my phone/software.
    I have to say that I have no idea what the long-term outcome will be, but from what I've experienced for the last 5 hours, the only issue is that you will have pop up boxes within apps so that you can set your preferences (which are wiped, I guess).

    Again, this is primarily Rehan's suggestion and I'm only making adjustments for my phone. Most of the changes have to do with option placement, and terminology.


    Try to reset the app preferences by using the following steps:
    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Tap "Apps". (If you have your settings in "Tab View", you will find "Apps" on the "General" tab.)
    3. You should now see the word "Downloaded" near the top of your screen
    4. Tap the Menu key/button for your phone and then select "Reset app preferences" and "Yes"(it'll re-enable all disabled apps and repopulate apps).
    5. Now go back to "Settings", select "Language & Input" you should now have the option to choose "Google voice typing". Check that box.
    5. Once done, restart the phone and then make sure you have selected "Samsung keyboard" as the default and enabled "Google voice typing" in the Language and input menu.

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  12. I'm so confuse I have a samsung galaxy s4 thru us cellular and I have the new update and I still can't find the mic button

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  13. Thanks for this tip everyone! I got my mic back on Samsung Keyboard. Now to get my emojis back... Cheers!

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  14. Thank you so much for helping me get mic icon back.
    I am Linn (Mrs. Sean)😇

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  15. I have the Galaxy Express 3 and when im on google hangouts and i try to make a call are video call it says i have to turn on microphone are turn on cam.I can i fix this problem ??????

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