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ArcGIS QuickCapture voice control: A step by step guide for iOS

Imagine collecting data with ArcGIS QuickCapture without the need to look at or touch your phone? Using Apple’s voice control in iOs, you can operate QuickCapture with your voice.  Use voice commands to launch the app, open a project and to collect data!

This article describes how to configure Voice Control in iOS and a few tips to make QuickCapture projects work best with it.

Configuring Voice Control in iOS

Voice Control is an operating system feature available since iOS 1.13. It lets you use your voice to tap, swipe and type on your device.  Voice Control is available in U.S. English only.

Important note: Support for voice control in ArcGIS QuickCapture is only supported with iOS 1.16 or newer.

Connect to Wi-Fi before you turn on Voice Control for the first time. Before you can use Voice Control, a file download is required. Once the download is complete, you don’t need a Wi-Fi connection to use Voice Control.

To configure your iOS device to use Voice Control:

At the top-left corner of your phone, in the status bar, you will see a blue microphone icon indicating that Voice Control is actively listening to your commands. If the microphone icon is grayed out, say “Wake up” to activate Voice Control.

Now say, “Open QuickCapture” to launch the QuickCapture app.

To open a QuickCapture project from your the My Workspace page, say “Tap” followed by the name of your project.

To collect data, say “Tap” followed by the label of the button you want to tap.

Say “Go home” to return to the home page on your phone.

Follow instructions in this image to enable voice control in iOS

There are a handful of options to better control the behavior of Voice Control on iOS. You can find the details in the Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch Apple article.

Tips to use Voice Control with ArcGIS QuickCapture

ArcGIS QuickCapture is not designed to be fully operated using voice commands, although it supports the most common actions:

These are the actions in ArcGIS QuickCapture that do not support Voice Control:

If you want to enable unsupported actions, you can create custom Voice Commands

Here are a few additional tips:

About the author

Ismael Chivite joined Esri in 2002. A geographer by training, he loves helping people leverage GIS to improve the way they work. As a Senior Product Manager, Ismael is always looking for ideas to create new and improve existing Esri products. Outside working hours: Legos, rock climbing, Romanesque architecture and jamon iberico. On occasion, he enjoys jamon during working hours too.

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