Siri can definitely be helpful when you need her (or he), but you may not want the whole world to hear Siri answers in some situations. If you are in a library, meeting, class or other scenario where your iPhone's voice assistant would do more harm than good, there's a way to keep Siri quiet … but it's tricky.
By default, Siri is set to give voice feedback regardless of how you use him / him. So even if your ringtone is set to silent, it will not affect Siri volume. Of course, if you do not want to disturb her instantly, you can adjust your iPhone volume when Siri speaks to bring him / her to a lower level. But in order to keep her quiet, you need to understand how your voice assistant works.
Step 1: Access to Siris Voice Recover Settings
First, you must enter Siri Settings to adjust how you want Siri to respond to you. I will be open here, there is no way to mute Siri in all situations, but there are good options that you can use which I will discuss later.
Open your Settings app, then touch " Siri" (iOS 10 and below) or "Siri & Search" (iOS 11 and iOS 12).
Step 2: Choose the Best Option for You
In the "Voice Recover" settings you have three options to choose from, which I explain a little below. Perhaps there will be an "Always Off" option one day, but for now we have to do what we have.
- Always On : This is the default option. Siri will respond to you properly after each question, whether you use the Home or Page shortcut, "Hey Siri", or have your ringtone set to silent. If you are here to silence Siri, do not select this option.
- Ring Dial Control : When you set your ringwitch quietly, Siri does not respond properly to you, but there are precautions. Siri will still beep and answer properly if you initiate a discussion with "Hey Siri" or if you are connected to a Bluetooth device, headphone or CarPlay. So, the only time Siri will be silent is if you use the shortcut page for home or page buttons to enable him / her. If you disable your device, Siri responds again in all situations.
- Handsfree Only : Just like the previous option, Siri just answers and answers properly if you initiate a discussion using "Hey Siri" or you are connected to a Bluetooth device, headphone or CarPlay. The only difference here is that you do not have to remember to set your ringtone to silence.
Step 3: Turn Volume Down
As you've probably noticed, there are not really good options for keeping Siri quiet on your iPhone. The two options that are not always on each other are almost identical, only one requires that you set it manually each time you use the dial switch while the other is automatic.
So what's the answer to total silence, like when you're using "Hey Siri" but do not want voice feedback? Turn your volume down.
This is a really bad answer, I know, but if you are using "Hey Siri" and do not want to hear her / he answers, this is what you have to do. Use the volume down button on the side of your iPhone to rotate the volume as far as you can, and you will barely hear him / him at all.
In all of the above scenarios, whether you initiate Siri with "Hey Siri" or the Home or Page Button shortcut, the results are about the same – you Must talk loudly and there's no way to keep Siri 100% completely silent.
However, there is an setting in iOS 11 and iOS 12 that allows you to write to Siri instead of talking to him / her. With "Type to Siri" enabled, Siri will only beep or answer properly when using "Hey Siri." You need to use your keyboard to ask questions or give commands, but if you are in a library or an exciting meeting, this is the best option, as none of you will be heard.
If you are connected to headphones, a Bluetooth device or CarPlay, Siri will be silent when writing to her / him. Pretty amazing, right? Write to Siri will replace your current home or page shortcut shortcut, so remember. (See our complete guide to activating Type to Siri.)
other tricks for to keep Siri silent on your iPhone? We are all ears. Seriously.