How To: Speech to Text Adding an 'Oh' Before Every Comma? Here's the Fix

Speech to Text Adding an 'Oh' Before Every Comma? Here's the Fix

Many users have reported Android's speech-to-text feature adding an 'Oh' before each comma. How annoying is that? Fortionitly Reddit user Jay-jay1 has found a solution to this pesky problem. This quick fix should make your 'Oh' so annoying problem disappear.

If every time you dictate a comma to your phone (e.g., "thanks comma I'll be there in a minute"), the word "Oh" is mysteriously added in before the comma (e.g., "thanks Oh, I'll be there in a minute"), this guide's for you.

Android is not perfect and you can see that in some of the small bugs we find. Fortunately, when we find these bugs, there are often quick solutions that fix the issue. The speech to text "Oh" bug is one such case where a single step can make it go away. You can try all the setting changes you want, but only one will fix this bug.

Fixing the Oh/Comma Bug

Open your Settings app, then tap the search field at the top of the screen. Type in "Language & input," then select the top result. Here, find and tap on your keyboard of choice, ours is Gboard.

Now in your keyboard settings, select "Voice typing." If you're not using Gboard, this setting could be under a different name. But check the options until you find a menu that offers settings for the voice typing or speech to text feature in your keyboard.

Once inside the voice settings page, tap on "Languages." When the language dialog pops up, find and select "English (Generic)." You can keep your regional English setting enabled (e.g., English - US), just make sure the generic English language is enabled as well. When you're done there, press the "Save" button.

Now, test out your new and improved, oh-so-bug-free speech to text. You'll find the oh-before-a-comma bug is no longer.

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_uhm, no, not a fix. Did this, still doing 'oh'

Perfect fix! Don't know why it didn't work for poster above - worked great for me. This has annoyed me for a couple years. Thanks!

Did not work for me on the Samsung S8.

When I initially changed the setting, it did not insert the "oh" for about a month. Now we are back to square one where I painstakingly have to go back and erase all the "oh's" before every comma. What gives? I checked and rechecked settings and nothing has changed from when I previously changed it and added the generic English.

I'm not sure if this matters, but I selected "English (Generic), unselected "English (US)," and then REselected "English (US)," so that the generic was listed as the default. So far, so good.

I don't have an English (Generic) option, only US, UK, AU. So this didn't help.

Nope, try again

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