Is there any way to enable voice to text (speech recognition) in gmail when using Chrome as a webbrowser? I really like the feature to search at google.com via voice and I'd also love to speak my mails instead of typing. I tried several chrome extensions, e.g. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/speech-recognition-for-gm/ffnepgjlfiinpkplhjmehkdhnaaongdk?hl=d but none worked. I don't know why because the feature would be the same because the voice recognition API obviously already exists; so it should be easy to make it useable in gmail also!? At least from googles point of view... Any ideas?

  • Didn't anybody ever think of it as well? :(
    – tim
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 9:40
  • What OS are you using?
    – Burgi
    Commented May 18, 2021 at 12:49

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You can go here to use Google's "Web Speech API Demonstration" -- it works very fast and well and in multiple languages:


There's even a "Create Email" button!

Update: I couldn't resist, so I wrote a Chrome extension that does exactly this. Try it out and let me know. :-)

  • Very nice indeed! Thx
    – tim
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 17:08

On Windows and Mac you can use the speech recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking (I'm writing this answer with it, as well as all my e-mails, reports, etc., even coding to some extent). On Linux there exist some programs tapping Google's voice technology but I haven't tried it myself.

  • Thanks, I know that software, it's quite good, but I didn't like it because it's a little bit bloated. I thought it would be possible to simply have a voice recognition by google (the same used for the google search) built-into the browser (recognizing your voice on their servers) :(
    – tim
    Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 9:52

With the Chrome Extension "Checker Plus for Gmail" http://goo.gl/nOIov4 you can do this.

  • Please quote the essential parts of the answer from the reference link, as the answer can become invalid if the linked page changes or the target site is unreachable/permanently offline.
    – DavidPostill
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 17:18

Many of the answers and existing solutions have suffered from bit rot.

As of mid-2015, the "virtual keyboard" in Chrome will take voice input, and it works with any input field (including Gmail). See: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/6076237?hl=en&source=genius-rts

  • Looks like a Chromebook-only feature. For Chrome, Google released Input Tools that support only hand entry. All voice apps for Chrome are made by third parties. Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 22:05

I have found that some developers use the Google Translate Voice to include it in their games.

Either because they want to call the player by their name or making a piece of code for their game would be too hard. If the Internet is disconnected while you play the Java/Flash game, it's less impressive.

A modder for Half-Life 2 created a mod where all the dialogue for the NPCs was generated by Google Translate.

The Lazy solution is the way to go.

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