How to Stop Siri from Recording your Conversations

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In mid-2019, The Guardian revealed that Apple - in the form of human contractors - was listening to recordings of people using Siri. Even though designed to improve the service, the news still caused some concern amongst users.

It is, in fact, a minimal number of interactions that are recorded - up to around 1,000 a day - the Apple contractors used them to asses Siri’s responses.

Unfortunately, if users had accidentally triggered Siri, then recordings could be sent to Apple that contained potentially sensitive or private data. Apple said:

“A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.”

Since then Apple has responded reasonably well to the issue, and the iOS 13.2 update introduced the ability to delete your recorded data from Apple’s servers, and prevent recordings in the future.

The changes also cover:

  • iPadOS 13.2
  • watchOS 6.1
  • tvOS 13.2
  • macOS Catalina 10.15.1

When upgrading to 13.2, users are given the option to choose how they want their data handled, but if you have since changed your mind, you can alter your preferences in Settings.

How to delete your data recorded by Siri

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Scroll down to Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History
  • Choose Delete Siri & Dictation History
Delete Siri History


Prevent your interactions being recorded in the future

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Scroll down to Privacy
  • Select Analytics & Improvements
  • Toggle the Improve Siri & Dictation switch on or off, depending on your preference.
Stop Siri Recording

From now on, your data will no longer be sent to Apple for grading. Of course, you can change your preferences at any time if you wish.

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