Our tutorial will show you how to send a voice message when you dictate a message on your Apple Watch by adjusting the setting in the Watch app on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Clock app.
  2. Select the My Watch tab.
  3. Select Messages.
  4. Select spelling letters.
  5. Click on the sound option.

The iPhone messaging app has become really advanced and can also send funny effects for holidays or when you type certain words. The Apple Watch’s ability to send messages has also improved, but it’s still not as easy or convenient as it is on a phone.

Typing or texting on the Apple Watch can be difficult (but it’s not that hard on the iPad), so you may find yourself not sending messages from the device. However, there is an alternative you can use that will allow you to pronounce your intended message in a matter of hours.

If you have used this feature before, it is likely that the message has been translated into text and that you have already sent a transcript of your voice message. However, if you find this text to be inaccurate, or if you would simply prefer to send voice messages instead, this can be changed.

Our guide below will show you how to change the way your Apple Watch handles dictated messages.

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The steps in this article were completed on an Apple Watch using watchOS 4.2.3. This will change the behavior of your watch so that it sends dictated messages as an audio clip rather than a text version of what you said to the watch.

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Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

Open the Clock app

Step 2: Select the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.

Select the My Watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and select the “Messages” option.

Apple Watch Messages settings

The fourth step: Click the Spelling Messages button.

Voice messages from your Apple Watch

Fifth step: Click on the sound option.

How to send dictated messages as audio on your Apple Watch

Now that you know how to send a voice message when dictating a message on your Apple Watch, you can use your watch to send subtle messages without worrying about it misinterpreting what you said.

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