Speech-to-Text, also called Dictation Mode, is an incredibly useful feature. If only it would let you swear.
By default, Android’s speech-to-text function censors curse words using asterisks. Fortunately for the potty-mouths out there, this is easy to turn off no matter which keyboard your phone uses. Here’s how to allow swear words on Android.
Turn Off Censorship in Samsung Keyboard and SwiftKey
On Samsung phones, default keyboards like Samsung Keyboard and some keyboard applications like SwiftKey use Bixby for dictation, so you actually need to go into Bixby’s settings to change it. However, you won’t find them in the system settings menu.
Now give it a quick test to make sure it works.
Enable Speech-to-Text Swearing in Gboard
Many phones default to Google’s Gboard. Gboard has a lot of great features, but still censors your curses by default. The method for changing that is different since it uses internal software instead of Bixby for dictation.
If you changed your Android Keyboard to a different app, you can still navigate to that app’s settings this way.
Unblock Offensive Words on Android
Once you’ve adjusted these settings, you can carry on swearing like a sailor in dictation mode. Just make sure you double-check the accuracy of how the software transcribes your speech to avoid any unfortunate mishaps!
While you’re in there, you might want to also save yourself some grief by adjusting the autocorrect, so that you can keep your written text flavorful, as well.