How to Delete Siri Audio History on iPhone & iPad

Nov 11, 2019 - 5 Comments

How to delete Siri audio history on iPhone and iPad

Many Siri interactions and requests submit anonymized audio recordings to Apple servers in order to process, review, and to ascertain for accuracy and quality. For example, if you ask Siri on iPhone for the weather, that request may be recorded as audio and processed on Apple servers. While this data is anonymized from an Apple ID, it is apparently associated with a specific iPhone or iPad.

Some users may wish to delete any stored Siri audio history and dictation history that is associated with their devices, whether for personal, professional, or privacy reasons, and that’s what this article will show you how to do.

How to Delete Siri Audio History from Apple Servers for iPhone & iPad

Because this feature is device specific, you may want to repeat the same removal process with other iPhone and iPad hardware that you have used Siri with. Here’s how the Siri data removal process works:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Settings icon

  3. Go to “Siri & Search”
  4. Choose “Siri & Dictation History”
  5. How to delete Siri and Dictation audio history

  6. Choose “Delete Siri & Dictation History”
  7. How to clear Siri and Dictation audio history

  8. Confirm that you want to remove all Siri and Dictation data associated with that device from Apple servers by choosing “Delete Siri & Dictation History”
  9. Confirm to delete and clear Siri and Dictation audio history

You’ll then get an alert stating that the request was received and that your Siri and Dictation history data will be removed from Apple servers.

Note that deleting Siri Audio History has absolutely no impact on the ability of Siri commands and tricks to work, it only removes any recordings that are made from Siri and that particular device.

Remember you can also disable Siri completely on iPhone and iPad, and turn it off on Mac too, if you find yourself either never using the feature, or for any other reason.

The ability to delete Siri audio recordings is available in iOS 13.2 or later and iPadOS 13.2 or later, earlier versions of system software do not contain this ability.

This data removal and privacy feature may be in response to a Guardian story, which claimed:

“Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.”

In response to that Guardian article, Apple told the Guardian:

“A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.”

Since Apple promotes data privacy as a feature, the company introducing a new feature to allow users to delete any of these Siri audio recordings from Apple servers makes sense as it gives users more control over their personal data.

Another separate and new feature in the latest iOS and iPadOS versions allows you to opt out of Siri audio recordings storage and review on iPhone and iPad in general. That setting can be accessed through Settings > Privacy > Analytics & Improvements > turn off “Improve Siri & Dictation”. Similar privacy features exist on the latest MacOS versions as well.

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

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  1. Tate says:

    Paul, how did you find Oliver. He writes for Redmondpie too. LoL
    I keep keep up with your amazing, informative site, Redmondpie, Gizmodo, atlas, engadget, popsci, popmech, and MSN. Read almost everyday. You guys are my daily newspaper. Thanks so much for your work.

  2. Louie says:

    Thanks fr the tip, I had no idea that could now be done. However, the article neglects to mention that deleting Siri Audio History is also possible on the Mac, where Siri also exists at least since macOS Sierra, by going to settings>Siri and tapping on “Delete Siri & Dictation history”.

    • OEin says:

      I am on Mojave and do not see that option for Mac Siri, I think it is Catalina only.

      Deleting Siri history is probably desirable… surprised Apple doesn’t expire the data.

      • Louie says:

        The option to delete Siri history was added in iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and macOS Catalina, as was the ability to decide whether or not to share that information with Apple for research purposes. This article and my additional comment do not apply to any devices running iOS 12 or macOS Mojave.

      • Louie says:

        Also note that, while Siri was introduced to the mac several years ago, some older macs that got the respective software update were specifically left out of getting Siri (something similar to what’s happening now with the new Sidecar feature) and some other macs got Siri but didn’t get the ability to summon the assistant by saying ‘Hey Siri’

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