How to Disable Siri Completely on iPhone & iPad
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:
- Open the Settings app in iOS
- Go to “Siri & Search”
- Toggle the switches for “Listen for Hey Siri” to OFF position
- Toggle the switch for “Press Side Button for Siri” to the OFF position
- 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:
- Open Settings app, then tap on “General”
- Tap on “Siri” and near the top of the screen, toggle the switch next to “Siri” to the OFF position
- Confirm that you wish to disable Siri completely by tapping on “Turn Off Siri”
- Exit out of Settings as usual
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.
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!