How to Disable Siri Completely on iPhone & iPad

Aug 18, 2015 - 35 Comments

Turn Siri off (or on) The Siri voice assistant has many genuinely useful commands and features and a great sense of humor, but some users may wish to disable Siri on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for whatever reason.

Of course, by turning off Siri, you won’t be able to access the personal assistant from anywhere in iOS, and you’ll lose any of the related features on the iPhone or iPad itself, but also with any paired Apple Watch too.

How to Turn Off Siri on iPhone or iPad

Disabling Siri is the same for all devices, though it varies very slightly per version of iOS or iPadOS. In modern versions of software, here’s how to turn off Siri:

  1. Open the Settings app in iOS
  2. Go to “Siri & Search”
  3. Toggle the switches for “Listen for Hey Siri” to OFF position
  4. Toggle the switch for “Press Side Button for Siri” to the OFF position
  5. Confirm to disable Siri by tapping on “Turn Off Siri”

You might also want to disable other Siri features elsewhere in this settings screen, like Suggestions.

How to Disable Siri on Earlier iOS Versions

In some earlier versions of iOS, disabling Siri is slightly different as so:

  1. Open Settings app, then tap on “General”
  2. Tap on “Siri” and near the top of the screen, toggle the switch next to “Siri” to the OFF position
  3. Confirm that you wish to disable Siri completely by tapping on “Turn Off Siri”
  4. Exit out of Settings as usual

Turn off Siri in iOS as shown on iPhone

Note that by disabling Siri you’ll get a message which says some Dictation data will continue to exist on Apple Servers unless you turn Dictation off as well – this is because the iPhone processes much of the voice recognition on remote Apple servers for enhanced recognition and understanding of your voice. Whether you want to go all out and disable Dictation as well as Siri is up to you, but Dictation is the feature which lets you speak to your iPhone and convert the speech to text, which is also very useful.

Since disabling Siri completely is quite dramatic, consider the few alternate options which may be more appropriate; if you’re concerned about accidental usage or unintentional usage, consider preventing Siri access from the lock screen as another solution, and if you find that Siri is talking out of the blue, consider just toggling the “Hey Siri” voice activation control feature off instead. These options allow Siri to continue to be summoned when desired and when intentional, but without completely turning off the handy voice assistant.

As usual with iOS Settings, you can always reverse things and go and re-enable Siri again by going back to the Siri options and toggling the switch back ON again.

Disable Siri in iOS, or Re-Enable Siri in iOS

With how useful Siri is, it’s probably best to leave enabled for most users, though there are certainly situations where it makes sense to disable, particularly for public usage iOS devices, kids iPads, or if the feature is continuously being summoned when it’s not desired. Ultimately, it’s up to you, but we recommend leaving the little artificially intelligent agent on and learning how to use the many Siri features, it’s very helpful!


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


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  1. Greg Stutz says:

    Stupid, Simple Simon Answer … You can disable Siri in Preferences and Applications, but still keeps popping up

  2. Sharun houston says:

    Please stop asking to accept Siri. I hate that program. It’s on one of our machines at home and I keep it off so don’t have to listen to it!!!

    • Ronald Balistreri says:

      I never use it and when I discovered it was using 19% of my battery consumption I turned it and any thing associated with it off.

  3. Lol i have no name says:

    I HATE SIRI I asked what was 0 divide by 0 he said it’s completeing so you have 0 cookies you give them to 0 friends cookie is sad so are you because you have no friends

  4. name says:

    rm -rf /Applications/

  5. Stan says:

    Siri is the most useless function on an iPhone. It is wrong on names, data requests and most any other query 98% of the time. If it were a live assistant I would take it out into the woods shoot it in the head and leave it for the vultures. This is clearly the Apple’s Newton attempt at AI. If Apple were to publish data on utilization we would find that the most common response Siri gets from users are insults and swear words.

  6. Robyn says:

    This is my first apple device. I cannot stand Siri. Drives me nuts, every time I turn on my device Siri is like a bad smell that won’t go away. I have disabled Siri but it keeps trying to turn itself back on. I regret buying an iPad Because Siri is SO annoying and I believe it is a gross invasion of my privacy, it’s so creepy! I am not comfortable with it listening to me. it’s a huge invasion of our privacy. I can’t believe people are accepting this! NEVER AGAIN APPLE! I Will go back to a Samsung device as soon as I can as it is the lesser of two evils and easier to disable the unwanted programs.

  7. Yahuchanan says:

    For the company to state that your invasive AI experiment coined “Siri” is helpful and that is programmed with a sense of humor is purely subjective.

    I would highly suggest you allow the user the option to buy phones (any of your devices) with this and other features excluded completely.

    I would use Androids exclusively but as they say “I chose the lesser of two evils”.

    Thank you reading (if a human actually did) and please carefully consider marketing optional features on future devices.

  8. S says:

    I hate Siri, I have broken up to 4 or 5 iPhones chucking the dumb argumentative useless b**** at the wall. If she worked it could be nice. I am dissatisfied and f****ing pissed off that she still looks like a slappy fish of a slag in my third eye making life harder for men and women. f*** this ‘tech’ she will be disabled, not unlike getting rid of s**** u2 albums..

  9. Andrew van Vuuren says:

    Siri is not only unnecessary, it is an annoying nuisance.
    Further – when it turns itself on, unasked for, it is impossible to use the phone.
    Why not remove Siri permanently?
    Good luck with that!!

  10. Frankie says:

    But how get rid of Siri.
    I don’t want it.
    If I accedentally press home wrong way I get, shall I turn Siri on.

  11. Gillian says:

    I have Siri turned off (supposedly) yet this afternoon it suddenly started talking. I don’t think it can really be turned off and as far as I can tell, all it is actually capable of is frightening people with unexpected comments or complaints. I know some people claim it works and is useful – perhaps they are fortunate to have voices that fall within a very narrow range that the “feature” can handle.

  12. Allen Belkin says:

    Thanks! Siri drives me crazy! I keep my phone in my pocket and every time I bend over it says “Sorry, I didn’t get that”

  13. josmondson says:

    Siri is useless. I do not want it or ever use it. I want to disable BOTH Siri and voice control. Both are annoying and worthless features that I will never use. I am looking for a way to disable both.

  14. crapple says:

    load of crap DOES NOT SWITCH IT OFF, mine is set to off but the pain in the arse siri STILL keeps doing stupid stuff, like today, listening to music look at phone and siri has phoned a non existant number (basically just 10 random numbers!)
    and siri is NOT under general, jesus can’t even get a simple fact correct

    • seteva says:

      To really turn Siri off, go to settings, screen time, content and privacy restrictions, and allowed apps. Turn off Siri here and it will NOT be active on your phone any longer. I had to do this to prevent a child from bypassing the parental controls on messages. She was using Siri to send her texts after her curfew.

  15. Pramod says:

    I pod min 3 hanged due to siri

  16. Petr Turlak says:

    Can I have Siri on my iPhone 4s off please. Thanks

  17. Den says:

    I’ve got an iPhone 6, an iPad mini, and an iPod Touch. Siri was initially active on all. It’s now turned off for the useless bit of frippery it is, IMO. I will not argue with a circuit board over the meaning of the words I speak.

    The keyboard on my iDevices works just fine. There’s nothing I’ve searched for, or text I’ve entered, that requires instantaneous response, and I frankly don’t see that changing. Like so many worthless “features” that bog down our gadgets these days, the “convenience” isn’t worth the frustration.

  18. db who's Fed Up w/ Being Fed UP! (c) says:

    Worthless! Worse than worthless… a menace!

    Thought Apple’s beeg deal was to make things intuitive… sure didn’t make control of Voice Control intuitive.

    But then thaz jes me…


  19. Grateful Gal says:

    Never updated iOs on my iPhone 4

    Poked around in Settings today. Then I KEPT poking around until I crippled myself with that dang Voice Over
    That was 4+ hours ago. Ugh

    Ohhhhh I was SOOOO relieved to see “Three Fingers to Scroll” So simple. So necessary. SO grateful. So unaware.

    Thanx muchly!

  20. Marty McDie says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who finds Siri frustratingly useless. Almost ever query or request ends up with me saying, “god you are stupid,” and her saying “but…but….”

  21. Sebby says:

    I ultimately disabled Siri for privacy reasons; I want to pull out of the cloud as far as possible. I’m blind; now I am using handwriting and/or braille to make up for the loss of keyboard efficiency. Really not missing anything. Siri is, in many ways, just an illustration of how useless voice is as an actual substitute for full control of the UI. Also a nice reminder of the difficulty of touchscreens for the VI too, I suppose, but the fix again is to make it better, not to substitute an inferior interface.

    I would give something for offline dictation, though. Love that on OS X.

  22. Curmudge says:

    I am personally hoping beyond hope that “HOUND” will replace Siri completely. When I saw the demo video for Hound my jaw hit the floor.

    PLEASE, Apple…pull yer head…replace the lame-o Siri with Hound ASAP!!!!!!!!

  23. Louie Stew says:

    Great article.
    Disabling siri is top of the list when first setting up your iphone. It’s worse than useless. It does not learn, where did anyone get that idea? And makes akes the same mistakes over and over.
    The rule is, if anything only works sometimes, then it’s a waste of time.

    Siri is exactly that, early stage tech.
    Pity apple promote it as amazing…

  24. Andrzej says:

    I always have to turn off the Siri feature because of lack of polish language!

  25. RM says:

    But I still can’t disable Voice Control.

  26. Dd0723 says:

    Thanks for the tip. Didn’t realize that I could turn off that useless crap.
    Siri has never worked for me at all so I never bother with it anymore. I’m using the beta version of iOS 9 and it’s still crap. Ok Google works wonderfully for me so I use that.

    Just an FYI. When you turn off Siri and press the home button for two seconds, the old pre-Siri voice control comes up. Remember that one with the blue screen and a list of commands? How do you turn THAT one off?

  27. b9bot says:

    Siri is doing better and I think when IOS9 comes out many will change there minds about Siri. Many improvements.

    • Paul Minzer says:

      I turned off Siri on both of my iPod touch V5 since it eats up too much power. also why have a Computer (basicaly a Text machine) then they kids Text on a Phone a Voice machine. This is Backwards. Just my opinion!

  28. cashxx says:

    Has gotten better in iOS 9. So far I don’t think it has messed up hearing what I am saying. I usually set reminders/timers and disable do not disturb if I get up early with “Hey Siri”. I wish we didn’t have to have it plugged in though to use “Hey Siri”!

    You can do alot more with Siri, but that is usually what I use siri for and comes in handy.

    I dictate with it now that its more reliable if I’m writing something long.

  29. Jay Morgan says:

    I find Siri a complete waste of time, she never gets names from my telephone directory right, I can look it up and dial it faster than having Siri make 5 pathetic attempts at the right name. Yes…I speak Ohio English as a first language, Siri is the most useless utility on the iphone.

  30. Tollace Fiori says:

    I use Siri all the time, can’t imagine turning it off on my iPhone. You’d be wasting a great feature, makes no sense for most of us.

    But, I turned off Siri on my kids iPad since it’s easy for the kiddos to do the long press and then Siri interprets kid talk as a weird internet search which inevitably winds up searching the web for all sorts of curious phrases “OK, searching Google for ‘daddy why are the cheerios round why do they taste like dog hair'” nope, didn’t need that one.

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