“No Permission to Enable: Voice Typing” [Solved]

No Permission To Enable: Voice Typing

Voice Typing is fantastic for many applications, and every year the recognition and proficiency of the apps seem to get better year after year, as well as being free on Android devices. So what do you do when you get the error “No Permission To Enable: Voice Typing”?

“No Permission To Enable: Voice Typing” error message normally means that the microphone doesn’t have the appropriate permission, the correct language isn’t installed, or Voice Typing hasn’t been enabled.

Let’s look at why these error messages come up, some techniques on how to solve them, and a step-by-step guide on what settings to enable and use.

Why Is “No Permission to Enable: Voice Typing” Showing to You?

This is a setting that needs to be enabled on Android phones, particularly Pixel phones running Gboard keyboards to allow the keyboard, microphone and other functions all work together to enable voice typing.

This is because due to privacy concerns and other regulations and data collection, you’ll need to enable the correct settings to have this feature work as otherwise people don’t realize when their private conversations or other voice clips are being used by your device.

You may also need to go into the Gboard settings and enable voice typing.

How to Solve “No Permission to Enable: Voice Typing”?

Confirm Permissions and Languages

Go to Settings then open up Apps and Notifications or Apps. Find Gboard and then from within enable access to the microphone or otherwise allow permission for the microphone. It may be under another entry titled Permissions.

If you find that doesn’t work, go into Settings then Apps then tap on Manage Apps and search for Gboard in the search bar. Scroll down to find App permissions and then tap on Microphone and select either the top option Allow only while using the app or the middle option Ask every time.

You’ll need to make sure that Voice Typing is enabled by going into Settings and then tap General Management or System then tap on Gboard settings and make sure Voice Typing is enabled there. 

Keep in mind that not all languages support voice typing, so first ensure that the language you want to use is on the list of supported languages can here.

After you have confirmed Voice Typing is enabled, navigate to Settings then Apps then Default apps and find Voice Input, making sure it is set to Google.

You’ll also want to make sure that the keyboard language matches the Google Voice Typing language, which you can check via Settings then System then Languages and Input. 

Under the Manage Keyboards section, open Settings and confirm there are checks in the boxes next to the languages you want to use with Google Voice Typing.

Uninstall Updates

Uninstalling Gboard or its associated updates can help reset Gboard and get it working again. This seems to work with a small subset of users and possibly is because of the Gboard app becoming corrupted.

Go to Settings then open Apps and find Gboard. Tap on the 3-dots menu and uninstall any updates, and it is worthwhile checking if it is still giving the same error at this point.

If that hasn’t worked, you can do the same process for Speech Services by Google among the other apps.

Google Assistant Issues

Disabling the Google Assistant may help in case the voice trigger command is conflicting for some reason.

To disable Voice Command for Google Assistant, open Settings and select Google. Find Settings for Google Apps and then open up the section titled Search, Assistant & Voice.

Open Google Assistant. and then tap Hey Google and Voice Match, and then disable Hey Google.

You should also try doing the same thing with the inbuilt Bixby service, which also has a voice activation feature that could be messing with the Google Voice typing.

Unfortunately, Samsung has been making it harder and harder to disable Bixby.

For the Galaxy Note 10, Note 20, S20, S21, S22, and Galaxy Z series, you can disable both of these interactions via the settings. Swipe down on the notifications shade and tap the Power menu button in the quick settings panel.

In the power menu, tap Side key settings and then go to Open App and tap the cog button to edit the double-press settings for the button. Change the Press and hold interaction to Power off menu, which will thus disable the Bixby function.

For older models, you’ll need to login or create a Samsung account. Press the Bixby button on the phone or swipe right on your phone’s home screen and tap the next button.

Login to your Samsung account and then if prompted to Use your biometrics, tap Not now.

Tap through the next few screens and then from the home screen, hold down on empty space until the menu appears and swipe to the right to reach the left home panel and then hit Disable Bixby Home.

Offline Languages

Go into Settings and then tap General Management or System then tap on Gboard settings and make sure Voice Typing is enabled there and then open up Offline speech recognition.

Add languages you want to use in Voice Typing from the list. You may have to expand the All section.

Under the Auto-update tab, slide the switch to enable the Auto-update languages over Wi-Fi only option.

Select the Correct Keyboard

When you open the keyboard to compose a message, you should see an icon on the navigation bar that will open a pop-up menu that lets you select between Google Voice Typing or the default Samsung voice input.

If you have more than one keyboard installed you can switch between them, especially if you find that some keyboards are not working well with Voice Typing. 

For example, SwiftKey is a common text input keyboard that people like, and then you can switch to Google Voice Typing.

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