Enabling iPad Voice Control

Voice control for the iPhone is pretty cool.   You tell your iPhone to play a certain song, artist, album, etc, you can tell it to skip to the next track, play the previous track, pause, etc and you can even ask it what song is playing, who is the artist, etc.  Unfortunately, Voice Control is not enabled on the iPad.  Fortunately, you can enable it in less than a minute with a few simple steps.


  • Your iPad has been jail broken
  • You have installed the Cydia application iFile
  • You don’t hold me accountable for anything that could go wrong here 😉

Note: The instructions below are all performed from your iPad (no computer needed).

  1. Open iFile and edit the file /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/K48AP.plist
  2. Under the dict/capabilities/dict node,  add the following:
  3. Edit the file /System/Library/VoiceServices/PlugIns/Base.vsplugin/English.Iproj/Help.strings and change all “iPod” instances to “iPad”
  4. Reboot your iPad and then just activate Voice Control by pressing and holding the home button.

Tip: Review the following page for tips on using Voice Control: http://www.apple.com/iphone/how-to/#basics.voice-control