Apple’s Siri voice assistant has been around for a few years, allowing iOS users to do some basic actions, like hands-free calling, texting, searching the Web, and more. It’s expanded quite a bit, and has only gotten smarter, which gave iPhone and iPad users even more complex actions that they could ask of Siri.
However, not everyone is a fan of voice assistants for one reason or another. Some folks might not like the voice assistant always listening for the term “Hey Siri”, as that can be a drain on the battery. There are endless reasons to turn it off, and so, if you’re not sure how, we’re going to show you how to make that happen step-by-step. Let’s dive right in.
Why Is Siri even enabled?
Siri is usually enabled by the user. It isn’t usually turned on by default, as it requires you to go through a series of steps to identify and learn what your voice sounds like. So if Siri is on, it’s likely that you set it up when you first got your iPhone, as it is included in the initial setup process. Now, when you setup a new iPhone, there is a clear option that gives you the choice to set it up later if you’re not a fan of Siri.
As we already mentioned, Siri helps you do some basic tasks by using just your voice. If you can’t touch your phone right away, Siri is a great way to do certain things hands-free. As we mentioned earlier, you can do things like “Hey Siri, call Mom”, or “Hey Siri, setup a meeting for x date and time.” You don’t have to go through all of the menus and buttons to set it up manually when Siri is available.
The catch, of course, is that voice assistants aren’t perfect. While they have gotten a lot better, and have become extremely accurate over time, there are still times that voice assistants like Siri can mishear and create an event for the wrong date and time. Or, when you say “Call Mom”, it could flub up and call Grandma instead!
That said, turning it off is pretty easy.
How to turn Siri off
To turn Siri off, you’ll want to grab your iPhone or iPad, and then launch the Settings app. You’ll want to scroll down a little bit, and then tap on the Siri & Search option.
Next, you will want to turn the Listen for “Hey Siri” option to the off position, and then the Press Side Button For Siri to the off position as well. Once you do that, you will see a prompt appear that gives you the option to turn off Siri completely. Just tap on the Turn Off Siri button to turn it off, or press anywhere else on the screen to change your mind.
Siri’s voice features are turned off now, but in the same menus, you’ll see that Siri is also what powers your Search suggestions, suggestions on the lock screen, and suggestions in Look Up. If you want to turn those off, you can — just turn all of the sliders to the off position.
Once you do that, Siri is completely disabled. You don’t have to worry about it constantly monitoring for hot words anymore.
And that’s all there is to it! Now with Siri turned off, you won’t be able to use most of your hands-free abilities, since most of those actually run through the Siri voice assistant. That said, if you want to use features like “Hey Siri, call Mom” or “Hey Siri, remind me to do x”, you’ll have to re-enable the voice assistant.
That said, if you’re in the car a lot, you may want to leave Siri on, but it’s entirely up to you!
How to re-enable Siri
It’s a little more complex to turn Siri back on. That’s because when you turn off Siri, it forgets your voice and everything. That said, you’ll have to go through the process once again to get Siri to recognize your voice.
Starting the process is easy, though. Open up the Settings app, and then tap on Siri & Search. Turn the Listen for “Hey Siri” option to the on position. You’ll then be prompted to go through and setup Siri again. Once you follow the prompts, it will be turned back on, and then you can enable all of the other Siri-based features as you want.
As you can see, the process is easy. We personally wouldn’t recommend turning it off, since Siri is responsible for so much in your phone, such as suggestions in various apps and screens. It’s also responsible for dictation. But, if you must, you can see that it’s quite easy to do, and even set back up, should you need it.