The Best Apps to Transcribe Audio Files to Text

When it comes to choosing an app that transcribes audio, quality and accuracy is critical. Whether you’re writing important articles or taking notes for class, you need to be able to trust that the app you’re using will produce a good output. The best apps deliver accurate transcriptions, quick turnaround times and a way for you to easily edit the files you’re given. Many apps say they can do all of this in a convenient way, but which is the best app to transcribe audio to text? We’ll help you decide.

 

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Why Use an App for Transcribing Audio?

Most people are living, working, and learning on the go. With multiple deadlines, creative personal projects, and more to juggle, it’s important to be efficient with your time and energy. Transcription apps are one of the key ways to ensure flexibility and efficiency in your work. 

Here are some of the best apps for transcribing audio to text (free and paid options).

6 Best Apps for Transcribing Audio 

1. Rev Voice Recorder

Rev offers a free voice & audio recorder that will record and create audio files for transcription directly from your phone. All you need to do is use your phone’s microphone or plug an external mic into your phone and hit record. The Voice Recorder app will then store and organize your files and send them directly to Rev for transcription. This allows you to get an accurate text file delivered to your inbox quickly and effortlessly, transcribed by human professionals.

Highlights:

  • 99% accuracy rate
  • Easy file sharing 
  • iOS and Android compatible 

2. Temi Record and Transcribe App

Temi’s “Record and Transcribe” App uses world-class speech recognition technology to live-transcribe your recordings. Its AI transcriptions are instant and about 80-85% accurate, making it easy to record and transcribe lectures, meetings, and more in real time. You can download the Temi App for iPhone here or the Temi App for Android here.

Highlights:

  • First 45 minutes free
  • In-app editing 
  • iOS and Android compatible 

3. Rev Call Recorder

Similar to the Rev Voice Recorder, Rev’s free Call Recorder app uses innovative speech recognition services to deliver accurate transcripts quickly. As the name suggests, Rev’s Call Recorder will record phone calls that you can send directly to Rev for high-quality voice-to-text transcriptions. It’s an excellent transcription app for phone interviews in particular.

Highlights: 

  • Make unlimited recordings for free
  • 99% accurate transcripts 
  • Easily share across platforms like email, Dropbox and Evernote

4. Dragon Anywhere

With the same top-level speech recognition as its desktop automatic transcription software, Dragon Anywhere is one of our favorite audio/voice to text apps. This subscription-based app offers a range of features and supports French and German audio alongside English, ideal for international businesses. It’s also available for iPhone and Android

Highlights:

  • Ability to add custom words for enhanced accuracy 
  • Easy cloud-based sharing 
  • iOS and Android compatible 

5. Speechnotes

Speechnotes is a simple dictation app that will turn spoken words into text in real time. With no need to make an account, this app is quick and easy to use – just open up the app and press on the microphone icon to get started. 

The app can be found on the Google Play Store and is free to download but does offer a range of premium features which you can purchase after download. 

Highlights

  • Android app that uses Google voice recognition tech 
  • Multiple language options
  • Easy to add in punctuation 

6. Otter

If you’re looking for an app for automatically transcribing audio to text for free, Otter is a great option. 

Marketing itself as an app that makes taking meeting notes easier, Otter’s automatic recording and transcribing features are ideal for recording lectures, meetings and even zoom meetings. For maximum flexibility, you can even import existing audio/video files for transcription. It’s available on the Google Play Store and the App Store to download for free. 

Highlights:

  • Live captioning feature for accessibility 
  • AI technology that improves over time
  • Easy cloud-based sharing

How to Transcribe Audio Files to Text with Rev

Transcribing audio files to text is quick and easy with Rev. Just follow the steps below to get your accurate transcript. 

Transcribe Audio to Text Upload

1. Send Rev.com Your Audio File

Send us the URL of your media file, or upload the recorded audio file itself to our safe and secure network. You can then choose between Rev’s human audio transcription services ($1.50 per minute, 99% accurate) or our automatic speech recognition services ($0.25 cents per minute, 90%+ accuracy).

2. Order Your Transcript

Once you’ve uploaded your files, place your order and our professional network of 70,000+ transcriptionists will get to work. To checkout, you’ll need to sign up for a free Rev account if you don’t already have one. 

3. Receive and Download Your Text File

You’ll be notified by email when your file is ready, giving you instant access to your transcription. You can also use our world-class Transcript Editor to make final edits to your transcript if needed. You can also download your transcript in a variety of text formats for easy sharing.

What You Should Know About Audio Transcription Apps

Ultimately, the best app for transcribing audio is the one that works with your existing workflow. You want something that provides accurate transcriptions at an affordable price and something that you can rely on no matter what the circumstances are. Any of these apps will transcribe your audio to text so take some time to try them out and find the best solution for you. 

Learn More About Transcriptions

To learn more about Rev’s audio transcriptions, check out our service options. We offer AI and human transcription, plus we give you a variety of file choices for delivery.

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