How to Turn Off Siri

As much as we love Siri, it’s not for everyone. Here is how you can turn Siri off on your iPhone and macOS.

It’s worth remembering that once the virtual assistant os switched off, you won’t be able to use voice dialing or voice control, including being able to dictate.

How to Turn Off Siri in iOS 13, iOS12 and iOS11

To disable Siri on an iOS device:

  • Go to Settings > Siri & Search.
  • Turn off Listen for “Hey Siri”.
  • Turn off Press Side Button for Siri.
  • Confirm when prompted to Turn Off Siri.

How to turn off Siri Suggestions

Siri anonymously monitors your behavior so that it can offer up useful suggestions for websites and apps when performing searches. If you no longer wish to use Siri Suggestions, go to Settings > Siri & Search and toggle off the following:

  • Suggestions in Search.
  • Suggestions in Look Up.
  • Suggestions on Lock Screen‍.

Once you’ve done this, you can clear all of your information from Apple’s servers as described in this article.

Disable Dictation on iOS

It’s worth disabling dictation on your iOS device as well since it won’t work anymore. This is also necessary if you wish to remove all of your voice data from Apple’s servers.

  • Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
  • Scroll down and turn off Enable Dictation.
  • Press Turn Off Dictation to confirm.

How to Turn Off Siri on macOS

Deactivating Siri on a Mac is also reasonably straightforward.

  • Open System Preferences on your Mac.
  • Uncheck the Enable Ask Siri checkbox.
Turn Off Siri macOS

How to Disable Dictation Features on macOS

Like Siri on iOS, disabling Siri on macOS doesn’t automatically remove all of your voice data from Apple’s servers. For that, you have to turn off Dictation.

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Choose Keyboard.
  • Select the Dictation tab to turn the feature off.

How to turn off Siri Suggestions

Siri anonymously monitors your behavior so that it can offer up useful suggestions for websites and apps when performing searches.

If you no longer wish to use Siri Suggestions go to Settings > Siri & Search and toggle off:

  • Suggestions in Search.
  • Suggestions in Look Up.
  • Suggestions on Lock Screen‍.

Once you’ve done this, you can clear all of your information from Apple’s servers as described in this article.

Disable Dictation on iOS

It’s worth disabling dictation on your iOS device as well since it won’t work anymore. This is also necessary if you wish to remove all of your voice data from Apple’s servers.

  • Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
  • Scroll down and turn off Enable Dictation.
  • Press Turn Off Dictation to confirm.

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