5 Best Speech-to-Text/Transcription Apps for iPhone & iPad

Dozens of speech-to-text or transcription apps for iPhone and iPad devices are available for download on the App Store but looking for the one that best suits your needs can be a daunting task. If you’re a student, you probably need one that allows you to record hour-long lectures. If you’re a journalist, you might look at a quick turnaround. If you’re a businessman, you may require secure encryption method.

Whoever you are, whatever you do in life, one thing is common: a transcription app that you can rely on. For that reason, we created this list so you get an idea which one would work best for you or which one should you consider getting. Know that all of these apps are free to download but some may offer in-app purchases.



Price: Free • Offers In-App Purchases [Download]

Transcribe - best speech to text app

Starting off the list with Transcribe. This top-rated app owes its positive reviews to its ability to turn audio into a high-quality readable transcript with nothing but a tap of a button. Whether you use it for taped interviews, meetings, lectures, or classes, you’re guaranteed to get a text format of speeches in an instant.

Unlike other speech-to-text apps, this one doesn’t support voice recording. Instead, you can import an audio file from other apps like Voice Memos and Dropbox into Transcribe and wait for your transcript. The minute it arrives, you can export it into your preferred text editing app for proofreading.

What’re the best things about Transcribe? First, you can use it to write out videos, thanks to its state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technologies. Second, it creates subtitles for movies or translates a foreign language video. Third, it supports over 80 languages and dialects. And fourth, it’s ad-free.

Download Transcribe at no cost and get a 15-minute free transcription trial.


Temi Recorder

Price: Free [Download]

Temi Voice Recorder

Temi Recorder is a product of Rev.com, an online transcription and translation service provider trusted by its big clients like Google, Uber, Comcast, and Princeton, among many others. The developer hypes the app’s astounding adeptness to transform minutes-long audio into words in roughly 5 minutes, thanks to its advanced speech recognition software.

This free-to-download, zero-ad app works best for recordings with one to two persons speaking in American English accents and in low background noise. In case of incoming calls in the middle of recording, the app pauses and saves your progress on its own so you can recover it anytime.

What makes Temi Recorder a cut above the rest is its unlimited high-quality audio recording so users won’t worry about breaking off. You need not spend a dime on your first transcript, but the following will cost you $0.10 per minute, which is extremely minimal. You’ll receive your transcript via email either in .pdf, .doc, or .txt format, and you can share it on any device with your colleagues or friends for joint editing.

[ See Also: Best Voice Recorder Apps for Apple Watch ]



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In contrast to Temi Recorder, dictate2us is a little more expensive, offering $1 per minute. Why is it so? With a pool of 1,200 dedicated transcribers and different levels of editing and proofreading process, this company promises to instantly deliver your audio files in transcripts with zero flaws. Whether it is recorded letters, interviews, reports, or case notes, you can choose your preferred turnaround–from 1, 3, 5, 12, 24, to 48 hours.

How does it work? Record audio and save it with the dictate2us app. It is securely uploaded to the transcription platform. A typist transcribes the recording into a Microsoft Word document. An editor corrects any errors or formatting issues. Another editor proofreads the transcript to ensure accuracy. The finished product is then emailed to the client.

Worried about privacy? Fear not, dictate2us uses state-of-the-art data security, including military-grade encryption used in online banking and e-commerce, so you can rest assured that your materials are safe.

Dictate2us has been in the business for years, providing transcription service to more than 300,000 clients worldwide from hospitals and universities to law firms and government offices. Its transcribers are well-trained and familiar with different terminologies and formatting styles.

Take advantage of the $15 free trial credit to test whether dictate2us suits your taste.


Voice Texting Pro

Price: Free • Offers In-App Purchases [Download]

Voice Texting Pro

No fees, no trials, no third-party transcribers, no settings. Voice Texting Pro works pretty straightforward. You can access its features on a single dashboard. It uses advanced speech recognition technology to convert speech into texts in real time. Or, you can just talk to the microphone and convert your speech whenever you’re ready.

Worried about line spacing, punctuation marks, emoticons, math symbols, currency, and what not? The app’s smarter than you think it is. In fact, it can recognize your speech even without learning your voice. Thanks to its support to more than a dozen languages, the app adapts to the default language on your device.

Once you get your transcript, you can copy and paste it on your note or somewhere else. You can also share them directly from the app to your email, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, or WhatsApp.

[ See Also: Best Voice Recorder Apps for iPhone & iPad ]


Call Recording by NoNotes

Price: Free • Offers In-App Purchases [Download]

Call Recording

If you’re someone who works in the customer service industry or somewhere along that line, Call Recording by NoNotes couldn’t be any more perfect. This free app allows you to record calls and transcribe them no matter how long–no fees, no strings attached. The app was originally available only in the U.S. and the U.K., but luckily, users in Australia and Germany can now take advantage of this goodie.

You get free call recording up to 20 minutes per month. If that’s not enough, you can choose to purchase more minutes or hours. NoNotes offers automatic cancellation and a money-back guarantee for dissatisfied customers.

Sign up using your phone number, six-digit PIN number, and email address. Record inbound or outbound calls and send them for transcription. Transcripts are sent to your email and you can save them in the cloud or share them on Facebook or email.

Being in the e-commerce transcription industry for 10 years now, NoNotes has worked with Fortune 500 companies, small and medium business owners, and individuals. NoNotes takes pride in its app for being the best and most widely used call recorder cum transcription app on the market today.



For the record, your iPhone or iPad comes with a stock voice dictation capability through the keyboard. Tapping on the microphone icon triggers it and automatically listens and types whatever you say. It’s a quite decent flair but its limitations will surely frustrate you.

With these speech-to-text apps, you get additional skills according to your needs. The App Store teems with transcription apps so we hope, with this list, we’ve helped you weigh your options.

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