How to use your voice to search with Chrome on iOS

Chrome for iOS was updated, adding the ability to start search queries using your voice.

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Google on Monday released a small update to its Chrome app for iOS users. The update, which brings faster Web page rendering for slow or unavailable networks, also adds the ability to run a search on Google using your voice. And depending on the search, you may just get an earful back from Chrome with the answer.

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To search with your voice in Chrome for iOS, make sure you've updated to the latest version, 27.0.1453.10, from the App Store. Once you've downloaded and installed the update, activate the omnibox as you normally would when you are about to enter a URL or a search term.

But instead of typing this time, tap in the new Google microphone bar located just above the keyboard.

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Tapping on it will bring up the voice search prompt, which you can then ask questions to.

When you bring up the voice search prompt, you'll notice the "i" in the lower left-hand corner. Tapping on this icon will reveal some of the search terms you can use your voice with, which will prompt a voice response from Google. Asking a simple question like "is it going to rain tomorrow?" and you'll get a yes or no answer, with the forecast.

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You can also ask if your favorite sports team won a recent game, currency conversion, time in a different time zone or random facts. If the voice answers are too much for you, you can disable them by toggling the switch also found on the info screen.

 

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