How To iPhone & iPod How to Use Voice Control on iPhone and iPod Touch Use your voice without your iPhone talking back Share Pin Email Print Witthaya Prasongsin/Moment/Getty Images iPhone & iPod Guides & Tutorials Basics Installing & Upgrading Tips & Tricks Key Concepts Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated November 13, 2019 When it comes to talking to your iPhone, Siri may get all the attention. It's not the only way to control your iPhone or iPod touch using your voice, however. In fact, Siri wasn't even the first way to do this. Before Siri, there was Voice Control. Voice Control is similar to Siri, but has fewer features. It only lets you control the Phone, FaceTime, and Music apps by speaking into the phone's mic. Though Siri later replaced Voice Control, the older feature is still hidden in the iOS and is available if you prefer it to the virtual assistant. Here's how to enable Voice Control, how to use it with various apps, and provides tips to make using it more effective. Voice Control is compatible with devices running iOS 3 and higher. These instructions use iOS 13. How to Enable Voice Control On modern iPhones and iPod Touches, Siri is enabled by default and can't be turned off. But you can turn on Voice Control by following these steps: Tap the Settings app. Tap Accessibility. Tap Voice Control. Select Set Up Voice Control. The next screen shows an overview of things you can do with Voice Control. Select Continue. Tap Done on the next screen to finish enabling Voice Control. When Voice Control is on, an icon will appear at the top of the screen. How to Use Voice Control With this setting enabled, Siri is still active as long as you're connected to the internet. But Voice Control works as a hands-free way to control your phone. You don't need a passphrase like "Hey, Siri" to activate it. You can just say things like, "Open Messages," "Go home," and "Tap <item>" to navigate around your phone. How to Customize Voice Control You can decide which commands you can issue to Voice Control. They're all on by default. Here's how to decide what you can do with Voice Control. Open Settings. Select Accessibility. Tap Voice Control. Tap Customize Commands. You'll see the available categories of commands that Voice Control supports. Select one to see the specific commands. Tap a command to see its options screen. Set the toggle switch to disable the command. This screen also shows the phrases you can use to activate this option. Turning on Confirmation Required will make you confirm a command before Voice Control makes it. Repeat these steps for every command you want to modify in Voice Control. What You Can Do with Voice Control Voice Control lets you navigate and use your iPhone almost completely hands-free. Here are some of the things you can do with this feature: Open appsReturn to the home screenTap buttonsSelect, delete, and modify textScroll up and down on web pages and app screensDrag itemsUse 3D TouchTake screenshotsReboot your device Check the commands section in the Settings app on your iPhone for a full list of what Voice Control can do. Languages Supported by Voice Control Chinese (Cantonese) Finnish Norwegian Chinese (China) French (Canada) Polish Chinese (Taiwan) French (France) Portuguese (Brazil) Danish German Portuguese (Portugal) Dutch Greek Russian English (Australian) Italian Spanish (Mexico) English (U.K.) Japanese Spanish (Spain) English (U.S.) Korean Swedish Continue Reading How to Control Your iPhone Music With Just Your Headphones Siri Not Hearing You? Fix It Quick With This Guide Teach Siri How to Pronounce Your Name Keep Your iPhone Safe From Prying Eyes with a Passcode Use Your HomePod as a Speakerphone for Making Calls What Happened Shake to Shuffle on iOS 8-11? Add, Delete or Modify Contacts in the iPhone Contacts App 20 ways Siri Can Help You Be More Productive Giving a Kid an iPhone or iPod touch? Do This First Go Hands-Free by Using Siri to Play Your Music Collection Did You Know You Can Dictate to Your iPhone and iPad? Overview of the iPhone Phone App Your iPhone's Detective Feature: How to Use Spotlight Using the iPhone Music App Learn How to Set Up and Use Your Apple HomePod Did You Know Siri Could...?