Siri is a voice control feature on your iPhone that you can use to answer questions, perform phone functions, and change phone settings without using your hands. It provides a convenient way to use the phone when you are otherwise unable to use your hands. IN fact, using Siri can often be faster than the traditional method of using the iPhone.
But you may not use Siri very much, to the point where it is often activated by mistake, or is causing problems. In cases such as these, it might be better to just turn off Siri on your iPhone. Fortunately this is something that is possible by adjusting a setting on the device’s Siri menu.
How to Disable Siri on an iPhone
These steps were performed using an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.1. Disabling Siri on your iPhone 7 will also disable Siri on your Apple Watch, if you have one that is paired with this iPhone. Note that this is also how you would turn off Siri on your Apple Watch, if you reached this article because you were attempting to do so.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Siri option.
Step 3: Touch the button to the right of Siri at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the Turn Off Siri button at the bottom of the screen.
Note that turning off Siri will remove your Siri data from Apple’s servers. If you turn Siri back on in the future, it will take some time for its new data to re-upload.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office, and many other popular applications and devices.