How to Turn off Siri

Just because Siri exists doesn't mean you have to use her

Siri on iOS
Asking Siri about Siri.

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iOS and Mac users may find Siri to be a real pain in the neck. If you're one of those people, you'll be pleased to know you can easily disable Siri.

However, doing so means you can't use Voice Dial, or any kind of voice control, including Dictation.

How to Turn off Siri on iOS 11 & iOS 12 Beta

To turn off Siri on your iPhone or iPad, simply perform the following steps if you're using iOS 11 or the iOS 12 beta.

Siri on iOS 12 beta
Opening Siri in iOS Settings.
  1. Go to Settings > Siri & Search.
  2. Turn off Listen for Hey Siri and Press Home for Siri. If Allow Siri When Locked is also enabled, switch that off too.
  3. You will get a confirmation message at the bottom of your screen where you will have the opportunity to keep Siri in your life if you change your mind.

How to Turn off Siri on iOS 10

Turning Siri off on iOS 10 is a slightly different process. If you've managed to avoid iOS 11, perhaps because you have an older, incompatible device, you'll have one extra menu to deal with.

Turn off Siri on iOS 10
Turn off Siri on iOS 10.
  1. Go to Settings > General > Siri.
  2. Toggle off Siri, which turns off Allow "Hey Siri" as well.
  3. Tap Turn Off Siri when asked to confirm your choice.

Disabling Dictation Features on iOS

As mentioned previously, disabling Siri means losing the ability to use voice commands on your iOS device. As such, 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.

Note: Turning off Dictation is the same on iOS 10, iOS 11, and the iOS 12 beta.

Disable Dictation On iOS
Disable Dictation On iOS.
  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboards > Enable Dictation.
  2. Toggle off Enable Dictation.
  3. Tap Turn Off Dictation when asked to confirm your choice.

How to Disable Siri on macOS

Disabling Siri on macOS computer is also a very simple matter.

Siri on MacOS
Disabling Siri On macOS.
  1. Go to the Apple menu in the top right-hand corner and click System Preferences.
  2. Within the System Preferences window, click Siri.
  3. Uncheck Enable Ask Siri. This will immediately turn everything else off, including removing the Siri icon from the menu bar.

Disabling Dictation Features on macOS

Like Siri on iOS, disabling Siri on macOS does not automatically remove all of your voice data from Apple's servers.

To turn off dictation:

  1. Go back into System Preferences.
  2. Click Keyboard.
  3. Click Off next to Dictation.
Switching off dictation on macOS
Switching off dictation on macOS.

How to Turn Siri On

If you want to turn Siri back on, it's as straightforward as performing the above steps and toggling the necessary settings on.