How to Stop Siri from Recording your Conversations

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

In fact, a minimal number of interactions were recorded – up to around 1,000 a day – the Apple contractors used them to assess Siri’s responses.

Unfortunately, if users accidentally triggered Siri, 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 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

From iOS 13.2, you can choose how you want your data handled. If you later change your mind, you can alter your preferences in Settings.

You can use the nuclear option and turn off Siri, but it’s easy enough to delete your existing data and prevent future recording by following the steps below.

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
Stop Recordings

How to prevent conversations 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.
Delete Recordings

Now your data is no longer sent to Apple for grading. Of course, you can change your preferences at any time if you wish.

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