How to turn off Siri on your iPhone or iPad

Apple’s virtual assistant is more useful than ever before, but that doesn’t mean you want it listening in on everything you have to say. Plus, Siri still makes its fair share of frustrating mistakes, too. Sometimes, you’ll probably want to tell Siri to give it a break.

Whether you’re looking to turn off Siri forever or tweak its settings so that it’s more useful for you, we’ve got the tips you need to know right here.

How to turn off Siri

If you’re running iOS 11 or later, then it’s not too difficult to turn Siri off. Here’s how:

  1. Tap on Settings.
  2. Tap on Siri & Search.
  3. Toggle off Listen for “Hey Siri,” Press Side Button for Siri, and Allow Siri When Locked.
  4. Tap on Turn Off Siri in the popup.

Now, the popup that enables you to turn Siri off completely will only come up if you toggle the top two options off. If, for example, you’re just sick of accidentally triggering Siri with the Side button, you can just toggle that option off and still use the “Hey Siri” command and allow Siri to work when your iPhone is locked.

How to turn off Siri suggestions

If you don’t find Siri’s suggestions useful, then you can always turn them off. Here’s how:

  1. Tap on Settings.
  2. Tap on Siri & Search.
  3. Scroll down and toggle off Suggestions while Searching, Suggestions on Lock Screen, Suggestions on Home Screen, and Suggestions when Sharing.

You can obviously leave Siri suggestions on for certain things if you prefer. You can also fine-tune things a little more by scrolling down farther and turning Siri suggestions off just for specific individual apps.

How to turn off Siri suggestions for specific apps

Perhaps you’re fine with Siri suggestions in general, but want to switch them off for certain apps. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Tap on Settings.
  2. Tap on Siri & Search.
  3. Scroll down and tap the app you’d like to switch off Siri suggestions for. For example, if you don’t want Siri to provide you with suggestions related to Safari, tap Safari.
  4. Swipe off the sliders for any function you want to deactivate. For example, turning off Show Siri Suggestions in App will stop Siri from making suggestions while you’re using Safari.

You can turn off as many Siri functions for each app as you like, keeping some active, or keeping none at all.

How to turn off Siri iCloud sync

Apple enables Siri to learn about you, and the more you interact with it, in theory, the better it gets at serving you. This machine learning data can be synced across all of your Apple devices via iCloud. Now, this feature is turned off by default, but for the sake of completeness, you may want to check. Here’s how:

  1. Tap on Settings.
  2. Tap on your name at the top, then tap iCloud.
  3. Scroll down and make sure Siri is toggled off.

If you change your mind about any of this, then simply follow the same steps to toggle Siri back on. Apple’s assistant is improving all the time, with features like Siri Shortcuts, so you might want to give it a second chance.

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