Microphone icon Missing from Keyboard on iPhone [Fix]

Many iPhone users reported lately that the microphone key on the iPhone’s keyboard is missing and they are not able to get it back. It is causing an issue for them while using certain apps.

The microphone key is very helpful to those who have difficulties typing on the iPhone keyboard. It really helps the users who just need to say the words or paragraphs or sentences verbally and the microphone detects and analyzes them and inserts them as text in the app you are using.

The main reasons responsible for this issue are listed below.

  • Outdated iPhone iOS
  • Problems with the certain apps
  • Applications not updated
  • Enabling third-party keyboard
  • Dictation Mode is Off

After researching more information on the above reasons, we have gathered a set of solutions in the article below to assist the users to resolve this problem.

Fix 1 – Enable the Dictation Mode

When the Dictation Mode is disabled, it might cause the Microphone icon to disappear since dictation mode allows users to insert texts spoken to the iPhone instead of typing. So try enabling the Dictation Mode on your iPhone.

Follow the steps to enable the Dictation Mode.

Step 1: Open the Settings page on your iPhone.

Step 2: Choose the General option by tapping on it once.


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Step 3: Then scroll down the General page and select the Keyboard option as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 4: At the bottom of the Keyboards page, under the Dictation section, tap on the Enable Dictation’s toggle button to turn it on as shown below.

NOTE – Confirm it on the popped-up window by tapping on Enable Dictation.


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Step 5: This will enable the Dictation Mode on your iPhone.

Step 6: After it is enabled, check whether you are able to find the Microphone icon on the keyboard.

Fix 2 – Turn On Siri and Turn Off Allow Siri When Locked setting

Some iPhone users have resolved this issue by changing the Siri settings on their iPhones. They noticed that after enabling Siri, the Microphone icon appeared back on the virtual keyboard on their iPhone.

So try enabling Siri by following the steps below.

Step 1: First of all, you need to open the Settings page on your iPhone by tapping the Settings icon from the home screen.

Step 2: On the Settings page, look for Siri & Search option and tap on it once to open it.


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Step 3: Then tap on Listen for the “Hey Siri” option’s toggle button.


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Step 4: This pops up a small window and you have to tap Enable Siri.


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Step 5: It might ask for a few sentences to say loudly on your iPhone to record your voice for Siri to recognize.

Step 6: Please complete this task and after that, it enables Siri on your iPhone.

Step 7: After that, you have to disable the Allow Siri When Locked option by tapping on its toggle button as shown in the below screenshot.


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Fix 3 – Remove Third party keyboard

1 – Open iPhone Settings

2 -Go to General

3 – Go to Keyboards

4 – Now, remove any third party installed (For example Gboard etc.) by sliding the third party keyboard to the left and choosing Delete.

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Fix 4 – Turn Off Bluetooth and check again

It may happen that a certain device connected via Bluetooth to your iPhone is taking Microphone input. To test this, just turn off Bluetooth and Try again.

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Fix 5 – Reset All Settings

If this problem is raised because of some settings gone wrong or changed on the iPhone, then what you can do is simply reset all settings on your iPhone. It has worked for many iPhone users and we are sure it will work out for you too.

Here are the steps on how to do it.

Step 1: Open the Settings page on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on the General option as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 3: Select the Reset option by tapping on it once.


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Step 4: Choose the Reset All Settings option from the list by tapping on it once as shown.


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Step 5: Please enter your passcode when prompted on the screen to continue.


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Step 6: Then, tap on Reset All Settings on the pop-up window to proceed.


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Step 7: This will reset all your iPhone settings and you will not lose any of your data from your iPhone.

Fix 6 – Factory Reset your iPhone

If none of the methods above worked for you, then this method probably might work out because it erases all the data and settings and reverts the iPhone back to its factory default values and settings.

After this is performed, you will get a feel of how you started the iPhone for the first time. So try factory resetting your iPhone using the steps mentioned below.


NOTE – Since this will reset all the data and settings, we strongly recommend backing up all your data from your iPhone to iCloud or PC before proceeding with this method.


Step 1: Open the Setting page.

Step 2: Go to the General option by tapping on it once.


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Step 3: Then tap on the Transfer or Reset iPhone option once.


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Step 4: At the bottom of the page, tap on the Erase All Content and Settings option once.


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Step 5: Tap on Continue on the initial window.


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Step 6: Follow all the onscreen instructions from then onwards to carry out the process of factory reset.

Additional Fixes

Restart your iPhone

Many times, this actually works where restarting your iPhone can resolve many known and unknown issues in the iPhone. So we recommend trying to restart your iPhone and see if this works.

Step 1: To shut down your iPhone, go to the Settings page first on your iPhone.

Step 2: Then tap on the General option.

Step 3: Now select the Shut Down option at the bottom of the General page.

NOTE – Slide the power off slider to the right side to power off the iPhone.


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Step 4: After it shuts down, you need to press and hold the volume up button and power button together till you see the Apple logo. This restarts your iPhone.

Restart the Application

If you find that this issue of the Microphone icon missing on the iPhone keyboard is only on certain apps, then it can be fixed by simply restarting the application. In order to restart the application, first you need to close the application which is running in the background after you swipe to reach the home screen.

Open the App Switcher by swiping exponentially from the bottom left side of the iPhone screen and search for the Application and swipe it up to close it. Once it gets closed, go to the home screen and open the application once again as usual.

Update your iPhone

If this problem appears everywhere on your iPhone and not with a particular application, you probably can try updating your iPhone iOS.

Step 1: To update your iPhone, you need to go to the Settings page first.

Step 2: Tap on the General option as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 3: Select the Software Update option by tapping on it as shown below.


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Step 4: Then wait for a few seconds till it loads the page with the new release updates.

NOTE – Make sure the internet connection is stable and active on your iPhone for searching and downloading the updates.

Step 5: If there are any updates available, tap on Download and Install to update your iPhone.


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Update all apps

Some iPhone users have claimed that they were able to resolve this issue by simply updating that particular application or all the applications on their iPhones. So we suggest users update their applications on iPhones through App Store.

Step 1: To do so, long tap on the App Store icon from the home screen and select the Updates option from the context menu.


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Step 2: This opens the Updates page on the App Store.

Step 3: If there are any updates available, tap Update All to start updating all the applications.


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