How to Turn Off Siri on AirPods

Disable voice controls on while wearing them

What to Know

  • Change the setting in Settings > Bluetooth, then tap the Information (little "i" with a circle around it) icon next to your AirPods.
  • In the Double-tap on AirPods section, select the one that controls Siri. Select an option other than Siri in the next menu.
  • Siri is automatically enabled when you take the AirPods out of the box, but you need to have your AirPods on and active to change it.

This article provides instructions for turning Siri Off on AirPods, using the Information settings, and also includes information on how to manage your AirPods

How Do I Turn Off Siri on AirPods?

If Siri is more of a problem than a solution on your Apple AirPods, you can't turn it off completely, but you can tweak some settings to keep it from interrupting when you're listening to something.

  1. First, make sure your AirPods are in and actively connected to your iPhone.

  2. Then open the Settings app.

  3. The tap Bluetooth.

    Screenshots showing how to Access the Siri options on AirPods using an iPhone..
  4. In the Bluetooth menu, find your AirPods on the list of connected devices and tap the Information icon (the little "i" inside a circle) to the right of the AirPods.

  5. You should now see your AirPod settings. Look in the Double-tap on AirPods section of the page and see if your AirPods are listed there. If they are, select the one that controls Siri (in this example, it's Left).

  6. In the next menu (the right-most pane in the image below), tap an option that's not Siri.

    Screenshots of how to change Siri functions on an iPhone.

That should turn Siri off on your iPods. You'll still be able to use it through your iPhone when your AirPods are connected, but you can no longer control Siri with your AirPods, which means you won't also accidentally activate it without the wake words, "Hey Siri."

Why Does Siri Keep Coming on When I Have AirPods In?

If you're having trouble with Siri coming on when you have your AirPods in, it could be you're accidentally activating it with a double-touch on the AirPods, or Siri is listening for the wake words and hears similar words. You can stop this from happening, too, but turning off the ability for Siri to listen for and respond to "Hey Siri."

On the iPhone or iPad your AirPods are connected to, go to Settings > Siri & Search. Then toggle off:

  • Listen for "Hey Siri"
  • Press Side Button for Siri
  • Allow Siri When Locked

Doing this should turn Siri off, so there is no chance you can accidentally activate it either by voice or by pressing the wrong button.

How Do I Turn On Siri On AirPods?

If you change your mind and decide you want to keep Siri on when using your AirPods, you can turn Siri back on by following the instructions above. However, you'll need to re-enable the ways to activate Siri and reconnect Siri as one of the tap options on your AirPods, so remember to go through both steps.

FAQ
  • How can you get Siri to read text messages on AirPods?

    Siri can read your messages to you if you're using iOS 14.3 or later and a compatible set of AirPods or Beats earbuds. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Notifications > turn on Announce Messages with Siri.

  • Who is the voice of Siri?

    Susan Bennett, an American voice actress, is behind the voice of Siri. She was once a backup singer for musicians like Roy Orbison and Burt Bacharach, and she voiced the character of Emma in the Persona 5 Strikers video game.

  • How do you change Siri's voice?

    On your iOS device, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Voice and choose a new voice from the available options.

  • What does 'Siri' stand for?

    Although Apple hasn't confirmed what the name Siri stands for, many believe it's an acronym for "Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface."

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