Speakable isn't Recognizing My Voice

Andrew Platt
Oct 5, 2023


Users may occasionally encounter issues with their microphone while using Speakable. This article provides some troubleshooting tips to help you resolve common microphone issues in browser-based speech recognition applications like Speakable.

1. Refresh the page

Sometimes, the simplest solution can be the most effective one. If you're experiencing issues with your microphone, try refreshing the page first. This can help solve temporary glitches and restore the proper functioning of the speech recognition application.

2. Clear the cache in the browser

Your browser's cache stores temporary files to help load web pages faster. However, these files can sometimes cause conflicts or errors, including issues with your microphone. To clear your browser's cache, follow these steps:

  • For Google Chrome: Click on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner, then select 'More tools' and 'Clear browsing data.' Choose the 'Cached images and files' option and click 'Clear data.'
  • For other browsers, consult the browser's documentation for instructions on clearing the cache.

3. Make sure mic permissions are allowed

Your browser must have permission to access your microphone for the speech recognition application to work correctly. To check and manage microphone permissions in Google Chrome, follow these steps:

  • Click on the lock icon to the left of the address bar.
  • In the drop-down menu, find the 'Microphone' option.
  • If the setting is set to 'Block,' change it to 'Allow' to grant the necessary permissions.

4. Check with your IT department

In some cases, your organization's IT department may have implemented restrictions or security measures that could prevent the speech recognition application from accessing your microphone. Check with your IT department to ensure that applications like Speakable are not being blocked.

5. Update your browser

Outdated browser versions can sometimes cause compatibility issues with speech recognition applications. Ensure that you are using the latest version of your browser by checking for updates and installing them if necessary.

6. Test your microphone

To rule out any hardware issues, test your microphone using other applications or websites. If you still encounter problems, try using a different microphone or check your audio settings to ensure that the correct input device is selected.


If you're experiencing microphone issues while using Speakable, these troubleshooting tips should help you resolve the problem. By refreshing the page, clearing your cache, managing permissions, and consulting your IT department, you can ensure that your microphone is functioning correctly and get back to enjoying the convenience of voice control and dictation.Please get in touch with us if you are still unable to access the microphone after trying this list: andrew@speakableapp.com

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