This step-by-step guide and tutorial will show you how to enable the Voice Control feature on your iPhone 2G or iPhone 3G. It is pretty simple but it does require your iPhone to be jailbroken. If it’s not, simply follow one of our jailbreak tutorials.

This hack will not get the “real” Voice Control to work on your iPhone but it will install the Vocalia app, which is basically a clone of Voice Control with a few differences.

As usual when performing any type of file tweaking on your iPhone, there is no warranty that it will work for you… That was for the disclaimer part…

How to Get Voice Control on iPhone 2G/3G:

UPDATE: I was informed that this trick is actually a cracked version of Vocalia, which is available from the App Store. I removed the links so no one can downloadis cracked app any longer. My apologies to the developers of Vocalia. Thanks to our commenters who let me know about this issue. If you want Voice Control on your iPhone 2G or 3G, please download Vocalia from the App Store.

1. Install OpenSSH from Cydia. If you don’t have a client yet, download WinSCP for Windows, or CyberDuck for Mac.

2. Download VoiceControl.zip from here and unzip it.

3. SSH into your iPhone and navigate to the /root/Applications directory.

4. Copy the Voice Control.app inside the directory.

5. Right-click on Voice Control.app to edit the properties and change the permission to 0755. Make sure you check “Set group, owner and permissions recursively” (may be worded differently on a Mac).

6. Reboot your iPhone

7. You will now have the Voice Control icon on your springboard.

8. Launch the app and change the settings to fit your needs.

9. Done!

I tried this hack on a friend’s 3G and it worked perfectly.

Please leave a comment if you have a question about this.

1. Install OpenSSH from Cydia. If you don’t have a client yet, download WinSCP for Windows, or CyberDuck for Mac.

2. Download VoiceControl.zip from here and unzip it.

3. SSH into your iPhone and navigate to the /root/Applications directory.

4. Copy the Voice Control.app inside the directory.

5. Right-click on Voice Control.app to edit the properties and change the permission to 0755. Make sure you check “Set group, owner and permissions recursively” (may be worded differently on a Mac).

6. Reboot your iPhone

7. You will now have the Voice Control icon on your springboard.

8. Launch the app and change the settings to fit your needs.

9. Done!

I tried this hack on a friend’s 3G and it worked perfectly.

Please leave a comment if you have a question about this.

  • Matthew Panzarino

    Unfortunately this is a pirated app. It’s an app called Vocalia that’s available on the app store that has been cracked and had some graphics changed. I’d hate to think that this blog, which I read daily, is going o support this kind of app piracy.

    You might want to check up on the origins of this app before you continue to reccomend it.

    It’s possible I could be wrong about this, but I don’t believe so.

  • W7User

    ITs not PIRATED idiot ! Its a third party APP !

  • Ouch! I wasn’t aware of that. I have to look into it. Unfortunately I am not on my computer at this time. Will check this later. Thanks for the tip, matthew.

  • Matthew Panzarino

    No problem, see this Macrumors thread for more info:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=817633

    keep up the good work.

  • DKLA

    Yeah, it appears to be a cracked version of a normal iTunes Store app…

    http://www.creaceed.com/vocalia/

  • frag
  • Dylan

    it is possible that Matthew is correct. im looking into this now and it points toward his theory. still looking in to it tho

  • How do you change permission to 0755? Used cyberduck> Info>permission than typed it in, but it always changes back to 755.

  • nik

    pankaj- it’s fine at 755. the zero doesn’t matter.
    (I’ve had this happen, but it doesn’t change anything.)

    matt- not sure if vocalia is the same as this…. but you should read Sebastian’s article bout piracy.
    live and let live. 😉

  • dvd

    That would be so cool, a voice controlled phone! can I use DISKAID to transfer the “voice control app” to my iphone 2g?

  • Why all that work, just add the repo : http://repo.beyouriphone.com and u will see voice control 2g/3g simple !

  • Hey Sebas, just my lilttle 2 cents, is there any way you can allow us to save our user name and avitar, if you want to make the blog friendly this might be a step in the right direction.

  • Dreadnutz

    So is it working for everyone?

  • Hi Adesh,

    Go to http://www.Gravatar.com and create your avatar (or upload a picture). Then everytime you comment on any blog, it will display your picture.

    Sorry but I do not allow people to create profiles on the site for security reasons. Creating a gravatar is your best bet and it works for most blogs.

    Sebastien

    • testing if my avitar works

    • Hey sebas can u walk me through , i signed up , loaded my picture …but then what /?

  • Just sayin’ there is no such voice control 2g/3g in the repo : http://repo.beyouriphone.com…or is it called differently?

  • Hey davidh , install controllo vocala , and that’s it!

  • It says download Voice Control from here in Step 2, but there’s no hyperlink…can someone help me?

  • McBobson

    lol