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The voice-to-text feature is very useful, but every once in a while when sending an SMS or email message to a friend, I want to really let loose.

However, Google, in their defense of my virginal eyes, replaces such words with hashes (####) if it recognizes the word at all.

How do I turn off this ####### "feature"?

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    I am interested to know if this is possible, I haven't found a way. I think you should use #### in the title too :) – Ryan Conrad Aug 18 '11 at 18:01
  • Here's my trouble: it worked on my previous droid razr maxx, but after I got it replaced with another when it got broken, even when I uncheck "block offensive language" or whatever under the voice-text input, it STILL does it. – user39062 Aug 8 '13 at 16:41
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There is a checkable/uncheckable option called Block offensive words under SettingsVoice input & outputVoice recognizer settings.

In Android 8.1, that setting is in SettingsSystemLanguages & inputVirtual keyboardGoogle voice typingBlock offensive words

For Samsung phones, the settings are named slightly differently: from the Settings app, try Language & inputVoice search settingsBlock offensive words. This of course only works with the integrated Google voice recognition.

For Android 4.3 (and possibly earlier versions):

SettingsLanguage & inputGoogle voice typing (settings)Block offensive words

For Samsung S8+: SettingsGeneral managementLanguage and inputOn screen keyboardGoogle voice typingBlock offensive words

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    Bah, you beat me to it! – shambleh Aug 18 '11 at 18:15
  • haha, it's a setting i've also had to find and change ;) – jlehenbauer Aug 18 '11 at 18:16
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Settings, Language & Input, Voice Search Settings, Then uncheck "Block offensive words" (thats for Samsung phones)

  • Not only for Samsung, it is for every phone running on Jelly Bean 4.1+. – Matthieu Harlé Jul 18 '13 at 7:51
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    How is this different than the accepted answer? – ale Jul 18 '13 at 12:43
  • @Al: It's going to get downvoted more! – user5506 Jul 18 '13 at 12:46
  • @AlEverett After this answer was posted, I accepted/improved an edit to the other answer from an anon user adding this information. sabrina, was that you? – Dan Hulme Jul 18 '13 at 13:00
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I have a Moto E on Boost Mobile. It's a little different. Settings > Language & Input > Google Keyboard > Text Correction (There is also a setting called Current Keyboard. Make sure to go into Google Keyboard instead.) "Block Offensive Words" switch off, and you can curse like a sailor!

Edit- That didn't change the censored output, but they're right! There's another one. Settings, Lang. & Input, Google Voice Typing, Block Offensive Words switch. This one made the output change. Wonder what the other one is for?

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