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How to Use the Dragon Remote Microphone App for iPhone With Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12

September 4, 2012 - speechrecognition

The Dragon Remote Microphone App for the iPhone is designed to allow users the freedom of wireless dictation, into Dragon, with their Smart Phone.


The App is available on iTunes for free. It can be used with Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC versions 11.5 and higher (Home edition and higher) and Dragon Dictate for the Mac versions 2.5 and higher.


Dragon Remote Microphone

To download the App on your iPhone, go to the App Store and search for keyword “Nuance”. The Dragon Remote Microphone will appear on the list of search results. Select the Dragon Remote Microphone App and download.

iTunes App Search for Dragon Remote Microphone

In order to use the Dragon Remote Microphone App with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Wi-Fi must be enabled on the computer (with the Dragon software) and on the iPhone.


To enable Wi-Fi on the iPhone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and switch Wi-Fi on. Under “Choose a Network”, wait for the list to populate and select the same network that the computer is using.

iPhone WiFi Settings

Before configuring the App on the iPhone, open Dragon (on the computer) and open your User Profile. On the DragonBar select Profile > Add Dictation Source to Current User Profile… > select the source Dragon Remote Microphone Application. Click OK.

Choosing a New Dictation Source

If you do not have a User Profile, and are creating a New User Profile, begin the Profile Creation Wizard. When you get to the Choose a Speech Device Dialog Box, select the option Dragon Remote Microphone Application. Click Next.

Choose Dictation Device

In the General Training Dialog Box, Preparing for communication, you’ll be able to configure your device for use with Dragon. Leave your computer on this screen and go to your iPhone. Open the Dragon Remote Microphone App.

Preparing for Communication - Copy

In the next window, you will be prompted to select a General Training option. General Training is recommended for improved recognition accuracy.


For this example, we’ve selected “Skip training”.


Click Next.

General Training

When the app first opens, tap in the middle of the screen and you will be taken to the main screen. Click the gears at the bottom right hand corner of the main screen. This will take you to the Settings window.


There are a couple of different ways that you can connect your iPhone to your computer. Continue reading for the Find Computer Option, or click here for the Barcode Scanner option.


Using the Find Computer Option


In the settings, tap the option “Find Computer”.

How to Add User Profile to iPhone

In the Find Computer window, your Dragon User Profile name should appear in the list. Remember: Your computer and iPhone must be connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.


Tap the name of your User profile.

Find Computer

To bypass the Manual Entry Option and continue to Calibrating Your Microphone, click here


Using the Barcode Scanner – Manual Entry Option

In the Settings options on the iPhone application, tap Manual Entry.


On the Manual Entry window, tap Use a Barcode.

Manual Entry

Your phone’s camera feature will be accessed. Hold the phone up to the Preparing for Communication window on your computer. Allow your phone to focus on the barcode to gather your profile information.

Scan Barcode with iPhone

Once the iPhone has focused on the barcode, your information will be captured and you will be taken back to the Manual Entry screen. Your information will be in the fields of the Manual Entry screen.

Manual Entry Filled

Calibrating your Microphone

After you select your User Profile, you will be taken back to the main screen. Your User Profile name appears in the box at the top of the screen.


The Dragon Icon is your microphone record button. The icon is bordered with red when the microphone is off and turns green when the microphone is on.


Tap the microphone to turn it on and tap it again to turn it off.

Microphone Off

On your computer, on the Preparing for Communication Dialog Box, click Next. You are now ready to calibrate the microphone.

Preparing for Communication

On the Read Calibrating Text Dialog Box do not click the Go button, instead tap the Dragon Icon on your microphone app to begin.


By tapping the Dragon Icon, you turn on the microphone and a yellow arrow will appear on the Read Calibrating Text Dialog Box. Follow the yellow arrow and read the calibration text.

Read Calibrating Text

This is what the app will look like when the microphone is on. The Dragon Icon, and its border, turns green when the microphone is on.

Microphone On

Once you’ve read the calibrating text, Dragon will save your User Profile and you will be ready to use the Dragon Remote Microphone App with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Saving User Profile

There is one more suggested change to make on the iPhone before using the Dragon Remote Microphone App. It has been the experience of this office that when dictating with the iPhone app into Dragon, and the screen auto-locks, the app and Dragon discontinue communication.


To keep this from happening, on the iPhone go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and select Never.

iPhone Auto Lock