Does Voice-to-Text Use Data?

All of us want to lower our Wi-Fi and mobile data costs. Various software you use and activities you perform on your computer can consume a portion of your data balance.

But what about speech recognition? Can speech recognition software consume too much data on your computer?

In this article, we discuss data consumption of speech-to-text software.

Does Voice-to-Text Use Data?

Does voice-to-text software use data?

Online voice-to-text software consumes data, while offline voice-to-text software doesn’t use your data balance.

Online voice-recognition software, like Google speech-to-text, sends your voice data to remote servers for voice-to-text conversion. Therefore, they use a portion of the upload bandwidth of your internet connection, consuming your data balance.

On the other hand, offline voice recognition software doesn’t require an internet connection. They perform the voice-to-text conversion using your computer’s CPU or GPU. As a result, offline voice-to-text software doesn’t affect your Wi-Fi or mobile data balance.

How much data does voice-to-text software consume?

The amount of data voice-to-text software consumes depends on the type of voice-to-text application you use. However, most voice-to-text software consumes less data than internet voice calls.

Their data consumption in the upload direction is typically less than 100 Kbps or in other words, less than 10 MB per hour.

Most online voice-to-text software these days uses efficient voice codecs. As a result, their data consumption can be much lower than the above value of 10 MB per hour.

How to lower the data consumption of voice-to-text software

As we have explained, voice-to-text software doesn’t consume a significant amount of data. So you don’t have to worry about speech-recognition software eating up your data balance.

However, if you want to reduce the data consumption of online voice-recognition software as much as possible, you can try different online speech-recognition services.

Online speech-recognition applications that use efficient voice codecs consume much less data compared to most other applications on your computer.

You can also use Wi-Fi instead of mobile data to lower the data cost of online voice-recognition software.

How to perform voice-to-text conversion without using data

You can use offline speech-recognition software to completely eliminate the data consumption for voice-recognition.

On a Windows computer, you can use our speech-recognition application, SpeechPulse, for this purpose.

SpeechPulse doesn’t require an internet connection and works completely offline. So it won’t affect your data balance in any way.

SpeechPulse can also perform voice-to-text conversion in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Russian.