How to turn off Siri on your iPhone or iPad

Sick of Siri? Learn how to disable or just limit Apple's virtual assistant

How to turn off Siri
Simon Hill/Digital Trends

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 all three options off, so 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 in Search, Suggestions in Look Up, and Suggestions on Lock Screen.

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 further and turning Siri suggestions off just for specific individual apps.

How to turn off Siri suggestions widget

Perhaps you don’t appreciate the Siri suggestions widget cluttering up your Today View, accessible when you swipe left to right from the homepage. You can always remove it. Here’s how:

  1. Swipe over to your Today View and scroll down to the bottom.
  2. Tap on Edit.
  3. Tap the minus sign to the left of Siri App Suggestions.
  4. Tap Remove on the right.

If you’ve never been in here before, then take some time to add and remove widgets to make your Today View more useful.

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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