1. rod97301's Avatar
    Updated new ios8 and there's no audio microphone icon. Still see just the "Send" button with "Text Message" in the box where you would start typing. I went into iMessage settings and it's enabled, but can't see any other settings that are obvious... Shouldn't this "just work?"
    09-17-2014 11:21 PM
  2. rod97301's Avatar
    I think I've figured this out and wanted to share so that others know what's going on. I had 2 phones, one for my wife and one for myself. Both phones are using one apple id; I did this so I wouldn't have to purchase the same apps for my wife's iPhone. With both phones set to the same apple id, the iMessages features do not work - specifically audio 'texting'. I found that when I placed my wife's phone under her own apple id, the audio text features worked. So if you are wanting to text to another device with the same apple id, you'll likely have problems with this feature.
    09-18-2014 12:58 AM
  3. Kathy Sheehan1's Avatar
    I tried what you suggested but it did not work for me. My husbands phone has the microphone icon but mine does not. Not sure why.
    09-18-2014 04:22 PM
  4. bison023's Avatar
    I had the same problem. Apple support had me do a restore of my iPhone and I have the mic back.
    09-21-2014 06:19 PM
  5. Damon Koch's Avatar
    I have a problem with iOS 8 audio message. The microphone appears on the right side of the text box, but then it disappears when I select a contact. Anyone have an answer.
    09-21-2014 06:40 PM
  6. oron50's Avatar
    If they have not updated to ios 8 or have iMessage turned off, I don't believe the Mic option is allowed.
    09-22-2014 04:55 AM
  7. Damon Koch's Avatar
    How does my phone know if one of my contacts has updated. And does this feature only work with other iPhone users?
    09-22-2014 06:40 AM
  8. owlyn's Avatar
    If they have not updated to ios 8 or have iMessage turned off, I don't believe the Mic option is allowed.
    Not 100% correct. I sent an iMessage voice text to my wife's iphone4S, which is running 7.2.
    09-22-2014 06:45 AM
  9. Damon Koch's Avatar
    My problem is when I hit the compose button the mic is there. Once I select a contact it disappears. I tried fooling it by changing the phone label in a contact to iPhone, but that did not work either.
    09-22-2014 06:48 AM
  10. Scatabrain's Avatar
    not sure if this is the same behavior but my wife had problems receiving audio messages for a couple of hours and it just started working on its own.
    09-22-2014 07:53 AM
  11. Damon Koch's Avatar
    This is off topic, but how do I get rid of the recents at the top of the screen when I double hit the home button. I deleted all the recents from my phone app and have nothing in favorites, but they still show up on the double home button press.
    09-22-2014 08:14 AM
  12. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    This is off topic, but how do I get rid of the recents at the top of the screen when I double hit the home button. I deleted all the recents from my phone app and have nothing in favorites, but they still show up on the double home button press.
    Settings, Mail, Show in App Switcher
    09-22-2014 08:21 AM
  13. Damon Koch's Avatar
    Thanks, but this option turns off the feature. I would like the feature only to show favorites I have put in my favorites list and recents that have not been deleted.
    09-22-2014 08:25 AM
  14. Damon Koch's Avatar
    Just talked to Apple support. Audio and video messaging only works when you are sending to another IOS8 device that has an Apple ID and has instant messaging enabled. So in other words a completely unusable feature.
    gldlmelton likes this.
    09-23-2014 09:18 AM
  15. the divah's Avatar
    Then how am I sending audio messages to iPhone users who do not have iOS 8?
    gldlmelton likes this.
    09-27-2014 01:02 PM
  16. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Then how am I sending audio messages to iPhone users who do not have iOS 8?
    Afaik you can only send audio/video messages if you are in iOS 8, but you can receive them on lower iOS versions.
    09-27-2014 01:20 PM
  17. mg91348's Avatar
    I restored my iphone and I still do not have the microphone. Before the restore, I at least had a grey microphone in messaging but now I have none. imessaging is turned on I rebooted my phone, but nothing works???? I cannot send audio messages (my phone is a 5c)
    10-02-2014 11:17 PM
  18. ddmacpp's Avatar
    Same here. Support that WAS able to send voice text to non-ios 8 comtact. Microphone which is there and activated goes away after putting in contact. No voice control comes up at all. Is this a problem with upgrade to iOS 8.0.2 (never upgraded to ios 8.0.1). Any suggestions?
    10-03-2014 12:00 AM
  19. Daya Resale's Avatar
    Make sure you have Siri enabled.. then you will see the mic in your keyboard next to the smile face
    10-04-2014 08:03 PM
  20. stewarpa's Avatar
    been fighting this problem for days and couldn't figure out. I had to reset my settings after upgrading because I had issues with my hotspot (totally different problem from iOS 8 upgrade. Didn't realize I had not turned on Siri. This worked!! Thanks!
    10-10-2014 02:17 PM
  21. MDou's Avatar
    I turned on Siri, as someone suggested in a thread below, and I now have my microphone symbol next to the smiley face to use for voice texting. I just upgraded to the iPhone 6 but it must be the ios8 that's the culprit. Suri is in Settings --> General.
    10-18-2014 04:37 PM
  22. D128's Avatar
    I figured it out for me and it's not turning on Siri. You have to go to the Keyboard section of settings and enable dictation.
    11-15-2014 07:57 AM
  23. bofig49's Avatar
    general, keyboard enable dictation, that did it thanks
    03-19-2015 10:41 AM
  24. papaaaaaaaaa's Avatar
    SOLVED:

    Settings--Imessage- Turn the imessage icon on
    03-23-2015 10:40 AM
  25. Angeleyes Hart's Avatar
    For those with the iPhone update without the microphone usage.
    1) Settings
    2) General
    3) Accessibility
    4) Speech
    5) Speak Auto-Text (Turn that on)
    05-25-2015 10:09 PM
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