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Tip of the Month September 2016: Voice Control of Mobile Phones

Voice Control of Mobile Phones

People can often struggle with direct access to their mobile phones for a number of reasons, including

  • Decreased upper limb function
  • Visual problems
  • Decreased hand function/dexterity
  • Tremors
  • Decreased cognition

It is a lot more common for people to already own ‘Smart Phones’ these days, which, with a little bit of set up, can allow the user to manage a range of tasks using their voice to control and dictate.

To set up and use the Voice Controls/Commands click on the Phone links below:


S Voice (Samsung Galaxy)




Ok Google now





To activate Tap on Home Key twice

Or say

‘Hi Galaxy’ if set up.

Hold down the home key

Or say

‘Hey Siri’ if set up

*requires phone to be charging to work except iPhone 6s

Press microphone on screen

Or say

‘Ok Google’ if set up

Click on search box

or say

‘Hey Cortana’ if set up

Make a Call “Call Charlie Mobile” “Call Dad at work” Call ‘Paula’



‘Call Wife on Speakerphone’
Message “Text Katie message ‘Are you free for dinner tonight’ “Text Pete ‘See you soon smiley exclamation point”


“read my texts”

‘Text Paula’



Text mum ‘What time is the birthday party?”
Emails “Read my latest email”


“Send Email to Bob’

‘Send Email to Daniel’



Send email to Dad
Calendar Events and Task “Set up a meeting about sals report at 9 am Thursday” “Create a Calendar event’



Create meeting with Tyrone at 2pm tomorrow
Reminders ‘Remind me to buy milk’ Remind me when I get home to call John’


Remind me at 4pm to submit my time sheet
Alarms ‘Set Alarm for 8 O’ clock’ “Wake me at 7am’ Wake me up in 30 minutes’ Set alarm for 7.30am


To answer incoming calls by voice, you require a headset with voice answer capabilities such as Plantronics Voyager.


To download this Tip of the Month as a PDF do so here Voice Control of Mobile Phones sept 2016voice control

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Paula Shennan

Paula Shennan

Speech Language Therapist at The Talklink Trust
I am a Speech and Language Therapist who joined the Talklink Auckland team in November 2011. I have an interest in the area of Assistive Technology and enabling and empowering individuals to communicate using various means.
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1 comment

  1. Pat Young.

    Hello Paula,

    Look forward to hearing from you.


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