Adjust Siri’s Volume Level Independently from iOS System Volume

Oct 26, 2012 - 4 Comments

Siri icon The volume level of Siri can be independently adjusted from the rest of the system volume of an iPhone or iPad, allowing you to directly control how loud Siri is without impacting other system audio. Though the feature is not immediately obvious, it is really easy to use:

  • Hold the home button as usual to summon Siri
  • While Siri is visible, use the volume buttons on the side of the iPhone or iPad to adjust only Siri’s volume

This is what it should look like when making the change, with Siri open and the volume level indicator being visible as it’s adjusted:

Adjust the volume level of Siri

This impacts the sound level of Siri both when initially querying with the double-ping sound, as well as the volume of Siri’s responses to queries that are spoken back to you. The sound effect of hitting the Dictation button will also be impacted by this adjustment, but general system volume will stay where ever it’s set either through the side volume controls, or system volume as found in Settings or the multi-task bar. Lowering Siri’s voice level this way will have no impact on the microphone sensitivity, as it only impacts the responses.

Considering how loud Siri can be when speaking back answers, this is a very useful trick to either set a permanent volume level for the voice assistant, or to just tone down and up to accomodate whatever situation you’re in. Just repeat the process according to your needs, or to account for ambient noise levels.

This great little trick comes from Lifehacker

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

4 Comments

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  1. danke dan says:

    Mind sharing your wall paper picture?

  2. Me says:

    Yeah, it’s a nice wallpaper.
    I would like to have a copy also.

  3. Thierry says:

    Share that beautiful wallpaper, please!

  4. Jim says:

    This works in every app (both built-in and 3rd party), and has since at least iOS 4.

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