Okay, it’s confession time for some of us. I don’t use or like Siri! For me, Siri is a serious inconvenience. And I know I’m not alone. Siri drives me mad when I accidentally hit my iPhone’s home button just a little too long, and I get that series of annoying Siri questions “What can I help you with, “Go ahead, I’m listening…” and more.
And I’m thinking Siri, just go away! And with every new version of iOS, I just want to turn Siri off.
So if you are anything like me and want Siri silent and always in her waiting room, follow me in getting her out of your hair (and iPhone screens) for good.
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As you might have already guessed, I always disable Siri. From her first day until now, she’s always off. And up until iOS 10, it’s been super easy to stow her away with a simple on/off toggle.
But after updating to the current iOS or iPadOS, there wasn’t the usual Siri enable/disable toggle.
For the life of me, I couldn’t find an option to turn Siri completely off. What?
I now HAVE to have Siri as a permanent guest on my iPhone and other iDevices?
I think not…so after a few experiments; I finally figured out that way to completely turn Siri off in iOS& iPadOS. Yippee for me and all us Siri-haters!
Using iPadOS or iOS 12 and Above? There’s even more Siri!
For folks using iOS12 and higher, there is a new Siri feature called Siri Shortcuts.
Siri Shortcuts are automated tasks for things you do every day–like texting or calling family and your workplace, emailing certain folks or businesses, and so forth.
Your iDevice learns some of your frequent behaviors and offers a Siri Shortcut as a suggestion in Settings > Siri & Search.
You can even create your own! Not that I want to…
How-To Turn Siri Off in iPadOS and iOS 11+
- First, open Settings > Siri & Search. Then toggle OFF Listen for “Hey Siri” (the most annoying Siri feature ever) AND ALSO TOGGLE OFF BOTH Press Home (or Side Button) for Siri & Allow Siri When Locked.
- Once you toggle off all three of these (or at least the first two (Listen and Press Home/Side Button), you see a pop-up explaining that all the information Siri uses for your requests is removed from Apple’s Servers (yup, that’s what I want) AND that turning Siri off on your iPhone also turns Siri off on any paired Apple Watch (no problem for me)
- There’s an additional warning that if you decide to turn Siri back ON at some point (God knows why!), it’ll take some time to re-send your Siri request information
- If you’re okay with all that, press Turn Off Siri
And yeah, I’m okay with that!
Toggle off Siri Suggestions
Next, scroll down further in Settings > Siri & Search and locate Siri Suggestions.
Toggle off these 3 features: Suggestions in Search, Suggestion in Look Up, and Suggestions on Lock Screen
Toggle Off Siri & Suggestions for Apps
Yes, this is getting a bit tedious and onerous!
Apple makes it very difficult to extricate yourself from Siri. So next, continue scrolling down the main menu page for Siri & Search and toggle off Siri for each app–yes, this is going to take time!
Take a look at this article for an in-depth look at disabling those proactive Siri Suggestions on your lock screen when using iPadOS or iOS 12 and above.
Don’t Forget To Toggle Siri off in iCloud Too!
- Open Settings > Apple ID Profile > iCloud
- Scroll Down to Siri and toggle it off
How-To Turn Siri Off in iOS 10
It’s super easy in iOS 10 to not have Siri.
Go to Settings > Siri > toggle OFF. That’s it! You get similar warnings about Siri’s response information being removed and it taking time to restore that info should you re-enable Siri.
Don’t Want to Siri Completely Off?
If you, for whatever reason, don’t want to turn Siri totally off, then there are still a few things you can turn off to make Siri work for you.
Turn Siri off on your Lock Screen
There are two ways in iPadOS and iOS 11+ to get Siri off on your lock screen.
- First, through Settings > Siri & Search > Toggle Off Allow Siri When Locked
- The second way is via Settings > Face ID/ Touch ID & Passcode > Toggle Siri Off under Allow Access When Locked.
Personally, I think showing Siri on the lock screen is a bad idea. Why? Because Siri answers a lot of questions from the lock screen, possibly giving away quite a bit of information about you! Siri doesn’ respond to everything, but she does give away a lot. So think twice before enabling this feature.
From your lock screen ask Siri a few questions like what’s my name, what’s the last number I called, show me my contact information, and so forth.
While Siri is more private than in iOS 10+ and iPadOS on your lock screen, often showing some information and asking you to unlock for more. Siri’s still giving away information you might not want others to see like my example shows the last person I called.
Turn Off “Hey Siri”
If you like using Siri but don’t like the “Hey, Siri” command, there’s an easy way to disable that setting too. Go to Settings > Siri & Search and toggle off Listen for Hey Siri. Done!
Tired of Getting Siri When You Hit Home or the Side button?
Another simple fix! Return to Settings > Siri & Search and toggle off Press Home (or Side button) for Siri. Easy Breezy.
Dislike Hearing Siri?
Don’t want everyone and their Mother to hear what Siri’s telling you?
iOS 11+ has the setting for you!
It’s called Type to Siri, and even I admit, this feature is pretty sweet.
To turn it on, visit Settings > Accessibility > Siri (for older iOS, Settings > General > Accessibility > Siri) and toggle on Type to Siri. Once you enable this setting, change Voice Feedback to Hands-Free Only or Control with Ring Switch to silence her when typing is an option.
When you enable Type to Siri, you can only speak to Siri and have her answer when using “Hey Siri.” Pressing your Side button or Home to reach Siri always starts a silent Type to Siri session. That means you can’t ask her questions out loud (type them in instead) and Siri won’t speak back answers to your questions either (she’ll write them.)
How To Turn Siri App Suggestions Off
I couldn’t stand Siri App Suggestions way back when it was introduced in iOS 10, so why in the world would I want even more Siri Suggestions?
If you don’t know much about this feature, Apple added Siri search functions a few years back.
It allows Siri to analyze your browsing history, app use, take a scan through your contacts, emails & messages, contacts, and even look through all those third-party apps. All so Siri can customize suggestions for your searches, news, photos, Look Up, and others.
This machine learning means that Siri learns from you and sometimes even anticipates what you want by making suggestions before you make a request or ask a question.
And with iCloud, all this information is encrypted and synchronized across all your devices signed in to the same account. As far as Apple is concerned, these features mean Siri improves a user’s iDevice experience.
Siri Suggestions According to Apple:
Based on how you use your iPhone, Siri makes suggestions for what you might want to do next. Siri might help when you:
- Create email and events: When you start adding people to an email or calendar event, Siri suggests the people you included in previous emails or events.
- Receive calls: If you get an incoming call from an unknown number, Siri lets you know who might be calling—based on phone numbers included in your emails.
- Leave for an event: If your calendar event includes a location, Siri assesses traffic conditions and notifies you when to leave.
- Type: As you enter text, Siri can suggest names of movies, places—anything you viewed recently. If you tell a friend you’re on your way, Siri can even suggest your estimated arrival time.
- Search in Safari: (iPhone 6s and later) Siri makes suggestions based on what you were just reading.
- Confirm an appointment or a book flight on a travel website: (iPhone 6s and later) Siri asks if you want to add it to your calendar.
- Read News stories: As Siri learns which topics you’re interested in, they’ll be suggested in News.
If you’re good with that, great! But some of us, including me, just aren’t. We want control!
So if, like me, you don’t like the idea of Siri searching through all your apps & app data, let’s set some Siri-ous limitations on what Siri accesses.
iOS 11+ makes turning off Siri’s Search features really tedious!
Instead of offering a single toggle to disable all apps, we have to turn a toggle off FOR EVERY APP! Annoying.
To do so, go to Settings > Siri & Search and scroll down the to the app list. Tap an app you don’t want in Search & Siri Suggestions and toggle off there.
Do this same process for EVERY APP you don’t want Siri to search!
Once you disable Suggestions from an app, those apps no longer show up in Search, Look Up, and Keyboard when using your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
But It’s Confusing!
Okay, if you visited Siri & Search Settings, you probably noticed two toggles for Suggestions in Search and Suggestions in Look Up. You’d think these would universally disable Siri Suggestions but NOPE!
When you toggle off these two settings, it prevents Siri from learning your preferences and sending that data to Apple.
So even when you toggle off these Suggestions toggles, Siri still suggests apps that you often use or by your previous actions may need to use.
To prevent that, you must go to the apps section and disable Search & Siri Suggestions one-by-one.
Just Don’t Want Location Data Shared?
If you don’t want Siri to make suggestions based on your current location, turn off Location Services for suggestions. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
Tap System Services, then turn off Location-Based Suggestions.
Alright, I know some of you love Siri and probably are absolutely crazy about these new Siri search features. But not all of us are fans. And I’m in that group.
That’s why it irked me when I couldn’t figure out how to turn Siri completely off (at first.) It’s all about customization and choice–or at least it’s supposed to be. Some of us want all Siri offers.
Some, like me, want her gone. And still, others want parts of Siri–that’s why there are so many toggles to turn off and on. Don’t want Siri to have access to a certain app, toggle it off.
Don’t want Siri on your lock screen, toggle that off. Love Hey Siri but not press home for Siri, there’s a toggle for that too.
So I guess all the toggles make sense. I just wish there was still that one universal switch to completely disable Siri, like older iOS versions had.
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