1. sph0308's Avatar
    Can you only voice activate Cortana if you are connected to a Blue Tooth device ?
    04-17-2014 12:21 PM
  2. hopmedic's Avatar
    No, you can do so at any time by tap/hold the search button or by using the mic button on the search page. Also, if you're referring to having her read incoming texts to you, that can be changed in the speech settings.
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    04-17-2014 12:33 PM
  3. sph0308's Avatar
    I was wondering if you can activate Cortana by just speaking to the phone to "wake her up". Or do you have to click the microphone button each time to get her in listening mode ?
    04-22-2014 01:03 PM
  4. Fade_z's Avatar
    I was wondering if you can activate Cortana by just speaking to the phone to "wake her up". Or do you have to click the microphone button each time to get her in listening mode ?
    You need to hold the search key to directly start voice with cortana.

    So no You cannot just say to your phone "cortana wake up" because that would drain battery life
    04-22-2014 01:07 PM
  5. foxbat121's Avatar
    So no You cannot just say to your phone "cortana wake up" because that would drain battery life
    New hardware can help with that part. My Nexus 5 listens all the time without drain much battery (I believe the latest iPhone is the same). Not sure if MS put this into WP8.1 yet with the new hardware support.
    04-22-2014 02:47 PM
  6. mtalinm's Avatar
    fruit phones do nto do this. only nexus 5, moto x, and droid maxx/ultra AFAIK
    04-22-2014 02:57 PM
  7. MikeSo's Avatar
    Would be great if this could be implemented. It's not like "Cortana" is a word I would ever say outside of this context, so it would be pretty safe I think. :)
    04-22-2014 03:03 PM
  8. foxbat121's Avatar
    Until we have a new phone built with new chips that support this kind of always-on mic, we won't know. It's not about safe word or not, it is about battery life on existing hardware.
    04-22-2014 05:08 PM
  9. hopmedic's Avatar
    Personally, after one of my coworkers got a Galaxy S5, I'm pretty tired of hearing, "Ok, Google..." It's rather annoying. I'd rather just tap the button, so if they add this, I hope they put in a way of turning it off.
    04-22-2014 07:04 PM
  10. jasqid's Avatar
    I noticed when connected to Bluetooth in my car that when I activate her mic, it really doesn't activate until I start talking, then I hear her audible sound that means she's listening. Then she has a hard time understanding me.

    Anyone else have any issue with her connected to BT?
    04-22-2014 08:00 PM
  11. Alienhead95's Avatar
    Yeah I have the same issue. It takes a few seconds for her to actually start listening, after the beep. Which makes it a time consuming process, I think. But I was really looking forward to the always listening mode. I found the tell me very useful too, but I hate holding the button for a few seconds to activate it. I was hoping Cortana would since this issue. I remember reading it somewhere that Microsoft is working on that.
    04-22-2014 08:07 PM
  12. jleebiker's Avatar
    I find she's more accurate as long as I wait till the audible beep that says she's listening.
    04-22-2014 08:12 PM
  13. hopmedic's Avatar
    Yeah, for best results you need to wait for the listening confirmation tone. I have the same delay when BT connected in my car.
    04-23-2014 06:48 AM
  14. MikeSo's Avatar
    I noticed when connected to Bluetooth in my car that when I activate her mic, it really doesn't activate until I start talking, then I hear her audible sound that means she's listening. Then she has a hard time understanding me.

    Anyone else have any issue with her connected to BT?
    Same here with the BT in the car. It was the same with WP8 "Tell me" functionality for me.
    04-23-2014 12:51 PM
  15. hopmedic's Avatar
    With TellMe I didn't have near as much the delay that I have now.
    04-23-2014 01:07 PM
  16. Ernesto Escobar's Avatar
    I was wondering the same. Why I can wake her up with voice?
    I can do that with almost all android devices: OK GOOGLE for Nexus, LG, etc and HI GALAXY! for all Samsung family.
    Cortana, Why you are deaf ?
    06-26-2015 01:03 PM
  17. drake gibbs's Avatar
    what do I do have voice activation of cortana
    05-12-2016 02:06 PM
  18. xandros9's Avatar
    what do I do have voice activation of cortana
    have the right phone model.
    05-12-2016 02:40 PM
  19. Jennifer Beckner's Avatar
    No, you can do so at any time by tap/hold the search button or by using the mic button on the search page. Also, if you're referring to having her read incoming texts to you, that can be changed in the speech settings.
    I'm so new to all this can you tell me where to find the speech settings? Because if this is how this app works without any talk back then I don't see the point.
    01-18-2017 08:03 AM
  20. jasqid's Avatar
    I'm so new to all this can you tell me where to find the speech settings? Because if this is how this app works without any talk back then I don't see the point.
    Open the Cortana app and click the gear. In those settings look for "hey Cortana" and turn it on. There are 2 options to respond to all or train her to just your voice.

    Hey Cortana only works on newer phone models with the 800 and higher processors I believe.
    01-18-2017 08:21 AM

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