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How to Convert Voice Recordings to Text on Android

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Which are you most likely to have within easy reach at all (or most) times: your phone or a pen and paper?

For the last decade, the most likely answer has been your phone. And why not? Mobile phones have moved way beyond voice calls, voicemails, and even texting. With technology like GPS, barcode readers, facial recognition, video recording, and virtual assistants, our phones’ capabilities have grown beyond what many people could imagine even two decades ago.

It may seem like a simple thing compared to Siri or Google Maps, but voice recording is one of the most valuable tools we have in our phones. Thanks to this technology, we no longer have to carry a separate recording device or scramble for a pen and paper when we want to take quick notes or record an important conference call.

How to Use the Rev Voice Recorder to Convert Voice Recordings to Text on Android Phones

Of course, different types of phones have different ways of taking voice recordings and converting them to text. If you have an Android phone, here’s how to get it done.

  1. Pick your app.

The first step in converting voice recordings to text on Android is to record your notes. Not every Android phone has a pre-built voice recorder. If you don’t already have an app that you use to create voice recordings, you’ll have to choose the voice recorder app that best suits your needs, download it, and get it up and running.

In that case, we strongly recommend the FREE Rev Voice Recorder App. Available for both Android and iOS, our voice recorder app provides convenience, superior audio quality, sharing capabilities, and even transcription options with a single tap!

  1. Record your notes.

To record your notes on the Rev Voice Recorder, just tap the “Record” button and start talking!

Once you’ve made your recording, you can share the audio file through the app via email, text, Dropbox, Evernote, and more.

  1. Order a transcription.

The Rev Voice Recorder app lets you easily organize the recordings you make. Plus, each recording has an option to tap “Transcribe” so you can quickly order a text-based transcription through Rev’s transcription services.

When your transcription is complete, we’ll send you an email with a link to the editable file. You can make changes, leave feedback, download the file, or share it with whomever you like.

When you order transcription services through the Rev Voice Recorder, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve chosen one of the most cost-effective transcription options in the industry. Rev is proud to offer:

  • Flat rates of $1 per audio minute
  • A turnaround time of less than 12 hours for under 30 minutes of audio (rush orders are available for an additional cost)
  • Guaranteed 99% accuracy

Why You Need to Convert Voice Recordings to Text

Whether you’re a journalist recording an interview, a lawyer dictating notes, a stand-up comedian practicing your routine, a CFO talking to investors, or a software developer recording your brainstorming notes, you’ve probably taken advantage of your phone’s voice-recording capabilities at one time or another.

If you use voice recording regularly, you also may have needed to convert the audio file to text. Depending on what you recorded in the first place, this has a number of uses:

  • More visual learners often prefer to look at text rather than listen to a recording
  • Text-based files take up less storage space than audio files
  • Text-based files are easier to share (and take up less bandwidth to send and download) than audio files
  • You can more easily skim text than audio to find what you want or get the general idea
  • Text is easier to edit and combine than audio files

Options for Converting Voice Recordings to Text

Thanks to modern technology, you have a ton of different options for converting your audio notes to text that you can pick from based on your needs, like cost and turnaround time. Unfortunately, the number of different options means that the choices can be overwhelming, and not every option is equally effective.

When you need to convert (or transcribe) voice recordings into text, your choices generally fall in either automatic, software-based services or human transcription services. These two categories have different advantages.

Computer-based transcription is usually faster and often less costly per minute of audio. However, the results are usually less accurate and may need a lot of editing afterward to avoid confusion.

Human transcription services, however, usually have a slightly longer turnaround time, but yield much more accurate results. Human transcriptionists are often better at understanding accents, slang terms, and proper names, or when two speakers are talking over each other. They can eliminate filler words like “ums,” which may confuse software-based transcription.

Trust your audio files to one of the most accurate, cost-effective transcription services around! Download the free Rev Voice Recorder and get started today.