Your iPhone’s and iPad’s voice assistant, Siri, encompasses several useful features, options and commands and a great sense of humor too. But for some reasons, there are some users who wish to disable this voice command assistant on their iDevice.
By turning off Siri, users will no longer be able to have access to the personal voice assistant anywhere from within their iOS, and they’ll lose any of the related features on their iDevice itself.
Steps for turning off Siri in iOS:
Turning off Siri is the same for all iOS devices and versions.
- Go to Settings > General.
- Tap on Siri and at the top of the screen, move the switch next to Siri to the OFF position.
- Verify that you want to deactivate Siri completely by selecting “Turn Off Siri.”
- Exit the settings menu.
Users must note that by deactivating Siri, they’ll receive a message saying that some Dictation data will remain present on the company’s servers until they switch off Dictation too. The reason behind this is the iPhone processes a large amount of the voice recognition on remote servers of the company for the purpose of improved identification and understanding of the user’s voice.
So, if you want to deactivate both Dictation and Siri as well it’s totally up to you, but keep in mind that Dictation is the feature that lets you talk to your iPhone and convert your speech into text which is really a useful thing.
While completely deactivating Siri is pretty vivid though, you can take into account some alternative options which might be more fitting in this situation:
If you’re worried about unintentional usage of the voice assistant, then, as another option, you might consider avoiding accessing Siri from the lock screen. And if you find your Siri talking from nowhere, then you can think about simply switching off the “Hey Siri” voice activation control feature. All these options let Siri continue working whenever desired and intended, without completely turning it off.
Turning Siri off helps avoid triggers that let the voice assistant to accidentally turn on and start working. This can be helpful in two ways: If you have Siri turned on accidentally, then it can trigger different actions that you wouldn’t have intended at all like a message, or a call. And secondly, it avoids unnecessary battery drainage.
As with the iOS settings, users can always undo things and go back and enable Siri again by navigating back to the options of the handy voice assistant and turning it on again.
Seeing the usefulness of Siri, it might be the best option to leave it enabled although there are certain situations where it’s reasonable to disable it, especially in public usage iOS devices, children’s iPads, or if the voice assistant is continuously being turned on or used even when it’s not desired. So, in the end, it’s totally up to you, but we suggest that you must leave the small artificially intelligent agent on and learn how to use its features as well since it’s really a very helpful tool.