Do your own more than one computer?
If you do, you are probably interested to know whether you can install Dragon on both your laptop and your desktop computer. I frequently get asked if it is allowed to install Dragon speech recognition on multiple computers.
When can I install Dragon on multiple computers?
Much depends on the version of Dragon that you own. According to Nuance, the manufacturer of Dragon, the most recent versions of the software may be installed on multiple computers.
NOTE: Sadly since the writing of this article, Nuance has discontinued it’s Dragon for the Mac software. So I have removed that information from this blog post.
What about Dragon for Windows PC?
And then there’s the Dragon for Windows PCs, about which Nuance says the following on their website:
Copied from Nuance website on 6 January 2019
How many computers can I install Dragon on?
For previous consumer editions of Dragon speech recognition, like Home and Premium Editions, Nuance grants one license of the software. This means Dragon can be installed on one computer located at one physical address. Installation on a secondary computer for back-up purposes is also permitted.
However, the license is per user, not per machine. A licensed speaker is permitted to create and use multiple voice profiles, and these voice profiles can be stored on one or more computers.
A separate license, however, must be purchased for each additional speaker whose voice profile(s) are being used by the software.
It is important to remember that each installation has to be activated on the Nuance server. It doesn’t actually say so in the above information, but the number of times you can install the software is limited.
In the past I’ve been told the software could be installed on five different computers, but more recently I’ve heard you can’t do more than three installations. Personally I haven’t run into issues with too many installations, but I don’t install Dragon on that many computers.
Finally, don’t forget that only one person is allowed to create speech profiles on those computers, otherwise a separate license must be bought.
Disclaimer: I do my best to provide accurate info, but in truth I don’t know how accurate it is. Also, I won’t be able to know if the terms have changed, so this post may not reflect the most current information. Always make sure to check with Nuance for the most current terms and conditions for using Dragon. You’re responsible for your own use of the software.