How to Reset Siri

Retrain it to recognize your voice

What to Know

  • To reset: Go to Settings > Siri & Search > turn Hey Siri Off with toggle switch. Wait a few seconds, and turn it back on again. Now retrain Siri.
  • To train Siri to recognize your voice, tap Continue and follow the onscreen prompts for voice training the audio assistant to listen to you.

This article provides instructions on how to reset Siri to recognize your voice on your iPhone or iPad. This information applies to any iOS or iPadOS device running the latest version of the operating system software.

How Do You Reset Siri to Recognize Your Voice?

Siri is the iPhone and iPad's voice assistant you can use to perform some tasks completely hands-free. But if Siri isn't responding when you say "Hey Siri" or if it seems to misunderstand you more often than not, you can reset the Siri feature and teach it to relearn your voice. It should then improve your interactions with Siri.

  1. To reset Siri, start by opening Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap Siri & Search. You may have to scroll down some.

  3. On the Siri & Search Settings page, tap Listen for "Hey Siri" to turn it Off (the slider should turn gray). Wait just a few seconds for it to completely deactivate, and then tap the slider again to turn it On (the slider should turn green again).

    Screenshots show how to reset Siri on an iPhone.
  4. You will be prompted to train Siri to recognize your voice. Follow the prompts and repeat the five commands provided aloud so Siri can hear how you speak.

  5. When you're finished, tap Done and you'll be returned to the Siri & Search Settings page. You can close out of this and begin to use Siri as normal.

How Do I Reset Voice Recognition on My iPhone?

As you're using the instructions above to reset and retrain your Siri voice assistant there are a few ideas to keep in mind to make the voice recognition on your iPhone work better.

  • Speak naturally. Use your natural diction, and don't try to intentionally say your words more clearly or otherwise different from how you normally would because you won't change your voice like that when you're actually using the voice assistant. Speaking as naturally as you can, will likely improve voice recognition.
  • Speak in a normal tone of voice. You don't need to yell at Siri to make it work, nor do you need to whisper. Speak as if you were having a conversation with someone sitting right beside you. Changing the volume or modulation of your voice will only ensure you have a harder time activating it during normal use.
  • Speak at the same speed you normally would. Don't slow your speech down or speed it up when you're using your voice assistant. Instead, speak as you would if you were asking your phone to complete a task during your everyday activities.

Getting the most accurate recognition from your voice assistant is really about training it to recognize how you normally speak, and anything you change from that will make it harder for the voice assistant to recognize your voice when you call upon it.

How Do I Fix Siri on My iPhone?

If, after you've reset and retrained your Siri voice assistant, it still isn't working properly, then you may need to troubleshoot how to fix it when Siri isn't working. A few troubleshooting steps could have you back in working order, and speaking normally to Siri again.

FAQ
  • How do I change my personal information on Siri?

    To update your personal information with Siri to better communicate with the voice assistant, go to your iOS device's Settings and tap Siri & Search > My Information. If you see your name, that means Siri knows you. If you don't see a name, tap My Information, then choose your name from your Contacts. To further personalize your Siri experience, you can say, for example, "Hey Siri, learn how to pronounce my name," then teach Siri how to say your name properly. You can also help Siri get to know people you're close to. For example, say, "Hey Siri, Mary Smith is my mom."

  • Why isn't Siri recognizing my voice?

    There are a few reasons why Siri might not be recognizing your voice, such as you not speaking clearly or having the wrong language setting. If Siri says something like, "Sorry, I'm having trouble connecting to the network," you likely have a network problem. Check that you're connected to Wi-Fi and that your internet is working properly. If Siri isn't responding to you at all, try restarting your iOS device. If that doesn't solve the problem, try resetting Siri, as described above: Go to Settings > Siri & Search and turn off Hey Siri Off with the toggle switch, then turn it back on and retrain Siri.

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