Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS How to Turn Siri off on iOS & macOS Just because Siri exists doesn't mean you have to use it By Mark O'Neill Writer Mark O'Neill has a tech writer and editor since 2004. His work has appeared in PC Magazine, Lifehacker, and several British newspapers. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Mark O'Neill Updated January 14, 2020 iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email Siri, the virtual assistant on iOS and Mac, can be helpful, but if you don't use it or you want to disable Siri for another reason, it's really easy to do so. Use the Settings app on your iPad or iPhone, or System Preferences on a Mac, to disable Siri. Turning Siri off means that you can't use Voice Dial or any kind of voice control, including Dictation. How to Turn off Siri on iOS 12 & iOS 11 To disable Siri on an iOS device, go to Settings > Siri & Search and turn off each of the following (the buttons will turn white when disabled): Listen for "Hey Siri", Press Home for Siri, and (if you see it) Allow Siri When Locked. Confirm with Turn Off Siri. On the message prompt about Dictation remaining on Apple's servers, tap Turn Off Siri. See the instructions below if you don't turn off Dictation at this step. How to Turn off Siri on iOS 10 Turning Siri off on iOS 10 involves a slightly different process. Go to Settings > General > Siri, and toggle off Siri. Tap Turn Off Siri when asked to confirm your choice. Disabling Siri on iOS 10 also turns off Allow "Hey Siri". How to Disable Dictation Features on iOS Since disabling Siri means losing the ability to use voice commands on an iOS device, it makes sense to disable the Dictation function 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. Turning off Dictation is the same on iOS 12, 11, and 10. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and turn off the Enable Dictation toggle switch. In the confirmation box, tap Turn Off Dictation. How to Disable Siri on macOS Disabling Siri on a Mac is also fairly straightforward. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences. Choose Siri. Clear the Enable Ask Siri checkbox. This turns everything else off, including removing the Siri icon from the menu bar. 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. Go to the Apple menu, select System Preferences, choose Keyboard, then select the Dictation tab to turn the feature off.