Fixing The Samsung Galaxy S5 Tap To Speak Freezing Issue

Android phone owners have been experiencing one particular problem lately regarding the tap to speak feature. When this feature is used the microphone icon will get stuck on the screen. This issue which affects most Samsung models is also present on the #Samsung Galaxy #S5. We have been receiving this type of issue from our readers who own the S5 and are seeking a solution.

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Listed below are some of the tap to speak freezing problems sent our way.

“I’ve had this problem for about a week.  My phone will be on the main screen, off, sitting idle.  When I activate the screen to use it, the screen has the “”Tap to Speak”” feature on the lower half and it’s frozen.  The “”Tap to Speak”” is what comes up when you hit the microphone button on the Samsung keyboard.  You can’t close it or activate the microphone.  the  Settings button does work though.  The people at Sprint and Samsung are both stumped because I have done all of the normal fixes & nothing is working.  When it happens I hit the power button and do a restart.  That makes the problem go away but it doesn’t end it.  I am not an excessive user but it happens 1-3 times per day.

 I have done the following:

1)  Reset using power button.

2)  Do a reset by pulling the battery.

3)  Wiped the cache partition then rebooted.  Also cleared the cache from many apps, including the Messages app.

4)  Transferred data to Kies 3, then did a factory data reset.

5)  Replaced the Samsung keyboard with a Swift key keyboard.”

“The Speak Now box get stuck and doesn’t go away I have to reset my phone restart my phone to fix it 3 to 4 times a day. Thanks”

“All of a sudden a few weeks ago, the voice to text box freezes on the screen, blocking the entire lower screen  Sometimes clearing the apps (boxes on the left side of the home button) makes it go away, but usually not. I tried clearing the phone system cache by turning on the phone with volume up,home and system on held as the phone  comes on, but no android system recovery page appears. I have installed no now apps. I suspect this came with some phone upgrade I have no control over. How can this be fixed? Can I get a new phone?”

“When using the speech recognition to send texts.  The voice input box will not go away.  The only solution is to restart.  I have cleared the cache 2x but the issue returns almost immediately.”

“I bought a new Samsung 5 Galaxy two months ago.  About two weeks ago I started having the screen freeze when it said “”tap to speak””.  It wouldn’t let me close it, or do anything else as it froze everything.  I would have to power off and back on.  I went to the Verizon store and they said I had too many apps open and to close them.  However, you can’t close them when it is frozen.  Plus it happens sporadically and not always when too many apps are open. Any ideas? Thank you”

“After I send a message, the tap screen comes up for more messages, but will not work and stays on and when I go back to the main screen its on that. I have to turn off the phone to get it off.”

“When using the factory installed Instant messaging app, the google microphone screen will suddenly freeze.  Phone must be restarted to correct, but then very soon it freezes again.  I use the microphone function almost exclusively to dictate IM. I have soft rebooted, cleared the cache/data on the IM app to no avail. Suggestions? thanks TC”

“Hi my name is Chris I have a Samsung s5 I use the speech to text option all the time what’s happening is the speech to text option with the green circle usually I can X out of it but it stays on my screen even on the homepage. I can’t get rid of it unless I restart my phone. It doesn’t happen all the time but it’s extremely frustrating can you help me please. Thank you for reading my email hope to hear from you soon.”

There is a temporary solution to this problem and that is to restart the phone. This is not an ideal solution though as it can be quite inconvenient to constantly do a restart.

One solution that seems to work for those experiencing this problem is to uninstall the app update of the Google App. Just go to your phone Settings then head over to Application Manager. Search for Google App then click on uninstall updates. You should also uninstall the app update for the Google Text-to-Speech Engine app.

Until a new update arrives don’t update these apps just yet as the latest update to the app comes with a bug that is causing this problem.

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6 thoughts on “Fixing The Samsung Galaxy S5 Tap To Speak Freezing Issue”

  1. I have found my mic with the white google bar not working recently and freezing my screen a lot. But if I tap on the mic icon without the white bar it will work.

  2. pixel also freeze but cannot use tap to speak for passwords like caps and signs,
    how to change from tap to speak to keyboard?

  3. has this speech to text problem been fixed yet? I just updated this morning and now it doesn’t work. I have the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and haven’t EVER had this problem since I got the phone over a year ago!

  4. This problem also happened on my Acer phone and after everything else I found that UPDATING the Google keyboard works best.

  5. Hi. I can reproduce this problem on my S5, and clear it as follows.

    (I learned this on another site…Android Central, I think.) Reproduce the problem: Open Messages, start to compose new message. Touch the microphone to bring up “Tap to speak.” Lock the screen, then unlock it. “Tap to speak” is now frozen and cannot be closed.

    To clear the frozen “Tap to speak:” Touch the Settings gear to the left of the microphone. Then hit the “menu” button at lower left. Close the Settings window for “Tap to speak.” This closes “Tap to speak.”

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