Fixed : Microphone icon Missing from iPhone Keyboard


Lot of iPhone users reported this issue. Audio microphone icon is missing from the keyboard. This icon appear in left corner of the keyboard when users using Text or typing based apps.

Mostly this issue happened after updating new iOS version.

microphone icon iPhone keyboard

Solution 1: Enable Siri

Most of the time this microphone icon is missing on keyboard, because Siri not enabled on your iPhone.

Enable Siri feature via  Settings -> General-> Siri  and Enable Siri.

Solution 2: Enable Dictation

On your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard and Enable dictation & Enable speech-to-text input.

Solution 3: Restart the Application
Sometime Microphone icon is grayed out or missing only in particular apps. Ex: Mic icon is available in notes, mail and everywhere except in Messages app. Restarting that app might bring the microphone icon back.

  1. Close the app: Double tap the iPhone Home screen. It will bring the app. Then swipe the app icon upward off the screen. It  will close the app.
  2. Then press the app icon again to open the app.

Solution 4:  Restart the iPhone 

Restarting iPhone might solve this issue.

  1. Press and hold the iPhone “Power button” for 5 seconds.
  2. Press  the “Slide to power off”.

Solution 5: Reset All Settings

Go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All settings.

If you knew any other solution to solve “Microphone missing from iPhone keyboard” issue, inform us via comment.

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12 responses to Fixed : Microphone icon Missing from iPhone Keyboard

If you have more than 2 Keyboards installed (eg. English, Emoji, Google) then the microphone icon can get replaced for lack of room. Setting your installed keyboard count back to 2 will resolve for this issue.
Settings>General>Keyboard>Keyboards – Swipe Left to delete the keyboard of choice.

Anomaly Note: In this situation, with 3 keyboards enabled, the Microphone Icon only gets replaced when texting other iPhones. The Microphone Icon will still be available if texting an Android device. Go figure.

thanks Neil, 1/2 hour of looking and that was the answer. I never even installed a new keyboard, but one day the mic was gone!

None of these worked for me. The only one not tried was to reset settings and for whatever reason that scares me.

This happened to me on iOS 10.3.3 after adding Restrictions because my kids were temporarily using it. I'd disabled the Restrictions immediately after getting the phone back from my kids (3 & 5 year old.). Unfortunately the microphone was gone from the keyboard.

This is what worked for me:
Go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions. Enable Restrictions and slide "Siri & Dictation" OFF. Close out of settings, go back in and re-enable "Siri & Dictation" and then check your Message app for a microphone. After verifying the microphone was back on the keyboard in Messages, I then disabled "Restrictions."

This happened to me on iOS 10.3.3 as well after doing my Restrictions presentation in the Rockville Centre School District.

This is what worked for me:
Go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions. Enable Restrictions and slide "Siri & Dictation" OFF. Close out of settings, go back in and re-enable "Siri & Dictation". Check your text messages to see if the mic is back. Then go back and disable "Restrictions."

Thanks Joe! It worked with my wife's new iphone 8. She just noticed one day the mic wasn't there. Thanks again!

What Joe did worked for me also

Go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions. Enable Restrictions and slide "Siri & Dictation" OFF. Close out of settings, go back in and re-enable "Siri & Dictation" and then check your Message app for a microphone. After verifying the microphone was back on the keyboard in Messages, I then disabled "Restrictions

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