S Voice

Samsung went to the trouble to make its own voice-recognition app — here's how to use it

S Voice is the bundled voice command application that comes with the Galaxy S5 and other Samsung devices which allows you to take all sorts of actions without having to fiddle with your phone. These five tips will get you up and running with S Voice in no time.


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Top 5 tips and tricks for using Samsung S Voice


This is assuming people use S Voice

Psst...nobody does except Richard Yarrell

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Tip should be to not use that crap over google. Samsung stop making software you suck compared to Apple, google and Microsoft.

Before the comments get too negative there is one major plus for S voice over google now and thats the ability to set a custom wake command. It doesnt work all the time but its a feature missing from Google now.. I personally hate the "ok google" phrase and hope they give us options in the future if not the full capability to make our own.

It doesn't matter if you can set your own command, S-Voice probably won't recognize it anyway. Maybe it's a little better on the S5, but on my S3 it's almost completely unusable.
Me: "Call Kim"
S-Voice: "Would you like to call 'Kimberly Ann' or 'Kim R'?"
Me: "Kimberly Ann"
S-Voice: "Calling, 'Ron's Cell'"
Me: "F#CK you, I said Kimberly Ann! End Call !"
Google Now just does what I tell it to, like a good little assistant. But I don't mess with voice activation, it's not that distracting to press one button while driving.

Do you remember any of the Star Trek movies?
Whenever a crew member wanted information from the ship's computer, the would say "Computer, how far to planet X." The computer is always listening, but only response when it is called.

I actually use a voice on my s5 to call people and that's it

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

I've use it from time to time on my note 3 I had it off until I found myself have to search and enter quite a few things at the dam he time, it's quite convenient in my opinion

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1- don't use s voice
2- disable s voice
3- enable Google now and " OK Google" everywhere
4- program your info (sports teams, etc) in Google now
5- enjoy a faster phone and home button, and a better voice experience.

Seriously, I love my s5 but what was Samsung thinking with some of there bundled apps? Most of them are half baked or ads or bloat.... I have disabled almost everything Samsung I can with out root. Some Samsung features are good, even some great, but allot are garbage.


S-Voice needs to go away compared to Google Now.

It isn't even that it was good to start with, it always sucked. This should be the next thing that Samsung "retires"

This is exactly why Samsung is out of their minds if they think people will buy a smartphone with their own OS on it. If they switch over to Tizen, like I keep hearing, they will fail miserably if it's anything like their apps.

They are not going to SWITCH. They are going to use Tizen for low end, developing countries.

Samsung is not dropping Android...

I have no use for an App with which I still need to watch the screen and be ready to press a "Cancel" button on because it doesn't recognize what I said and calls someone else or can't send a text message with words even close to what I clearly spoke. And no, my last name is not Kripke.

Simon - Thank you for the article, it was informative, but I do not use S Voice. I have it disabled and just use the Googe Now voice commands on my S3 :)

S Voice: The smart phone world's worst "Me Too" app. I turn it off so I can use the desirable system, Google Voice Typing. S Voice (or SSiri is more like it) is a good example of Samsung's lousy and completely unnecessary copy cat software cruft. Basically it is bloatware that makes it harder to use Google's superior solution.

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I be leave you can with xsposed framework. Swype used the same PoS voice recognition (vlingo/dragon/nuance being bought by samsung), and since nuance owns Swype, they hard codded it into the keyboard and won't let you use Google's. If you have xsposed framework, there is a module to replace dragon with Google.

There is a module to replace S-Voice with Google Now, but for voice activation. So you can say "Hi Galaxy" and it'll bring up Google Now instead of S-Crap. However, I want home button double click, not voice activation.

The module on Swype is only on the soft keyboard, not the hard-wired home button key. Wanam Xposed module USED to be able to do this on 4.3, but NOT on 4.4.x. I haven't seen any other Xposed module that can do this.

Wow, it appears that Android users are as pretentious and full of BS as Apple users. Nice comments.

I don't know what everyone is bitching about (even though I'm certain that if one person bitches, others chime it just to get their attention and happiness for the day), S Voice works great for me.

In the galaxy S4 I had the option to use voice control in Samsung music player, like "next", "stop", "pause" etc. it was located in the voice control settings, and its work without internet connection.
And in the galaxy S5 I have now I can't find this option for some reason , went through all the settings, always have to press s voice to start. Why it's gone?? Samsung please fix it.

Ya, @Raktim Sarhma , i liked that too on my note 2, but i got my s5 and i cant find it anywhere and its pissing me off because i actually used it quite a bit, im actually considering downgrading my phone to a note 2 so i can use that feature, instead of all the bs that comes with the gs5 now. if you find something please write back.

i need it to read my texts out loud when i am driving. Every time i say read text, she says, you have 1 new message... then I say read message, then she says. you have no new messages....How do I get her to read the message to me!!!!

In the example c ommands it says you can say "Take a picture" but whenever I use this command I get the response "I'm sorry, I couldn't find t"ake a picture" on your device. please check to see if this application is installed, then try again." I don't get it - am I doing something wrong? Also, does anyone know how to use s voice to launch your flashlight widget?

I just used the s voice for the first time. I had a galaxy s captivate for 2 years, upgraded to s2 for 2 years, upgraded to note 3 for a year, and now have note 4 since last month. I must say it is way better than Google. Less frustrations, and much more accurate. Love love love this feature.

Hi. S3 using 4.4.2 AT&T. I have 2 problems that I'm wondering if you can help with. Number 1 is that whenever I start s voice with the wake up command it Is muted so after I speak I don't hear anything back. I know I can hit the little button and it will start talking however the point of me getting this is to be able to not look at the phone or have to push buttons as I am slightly disabled and anytime glancing off the road is dangerous for me.The second thing is there are a few things that I say that it just does not get... one of them is when I say open the application WAZE it thinks I am saying either wave or ways. is there any way to teach this thing? THANKS!!

There is 2 problems in my s Voice please help :
1. at the begining There was gray on Enable S Voice feedback & Can't enable voice Feedback
2.It looks like another application is using the mic. Please close it, then try again.This problem make S. Voice not work .

Unfortunately you have to be smarter than your phone. I'm guessing for most of you its user error. I use s-voice all the time with no problem. Do you need Google to wipe your noses too?

i dont need S voice to wipe my nose, but i need it to read my texts out loud when i am driving. Every time i say read text, she says, you have 1 new message... then I say read message, then she says. you have no new messages....How do I get her to read the message to me!!!!

S voice is great , i use it all the time especially if your driving its works great on my samsung S5 but on my S3 it doesnt work so well

I'm hesitant to even bother to try and teach myself the S voice function or app or whatever it is - it is impossible to get a straight answer on whether or not it is a valuable tool or a POS. I also came to find out very quickly that my new Galaxy s5 that I just got a couple of months ago is itself a POS by my standards in that no one can hear me when I use the speaker function. this in itselfnegates the reason for my having purchased such a smart phone. life does go on, however and I'm not going to sweat it but I am going to get my money back - & I could probably use some help accomplishing this as probably some of you out there as well. I think maybe we could work together... If anybody would like to put forth a little bit of effort I will be the public relations guy. I'm Kelly and I'm not scared. or shy.

Kelly man sounds like a bit of a rabble rouseras well as one possessing at least a modicum of intelligence. and if that's really his picture - whoa what a handsome guy!