Unleashing Silence: How to Turn Off Siri Across Your APPLE Devices

At a time when voice assistants seem to be everywhere, Apple’s Siri paved the way for us to interact with our myriad devices. But there is something to be said for the golden silence. Whether for privacy, focus or because we just need a break from the robots, activating the fingered version of the Apple ‘OK’ gesture to disable Siri on your Apple device could help. Let’s work our way downwards in terms of brawn. That is from wrist to desktop.

Switching Off Siri on iPhone and iPad

There’s a whole other world in your iPhone or iPad. And Siri, that voice in your ear, might very well be the bouncer. If you want to mute her:

  1. Dive into the Settings app, navigate downward and select Siri & Search.
  2. Toggle off the feature by going to Press Side button for Siri – or if you’re on an older model, Press Home for Siri.
  3. Silence Siri completely by opting for the Off position under Listen For.
  4. Choosing Stop Using Siri when prompted will effectively switch off the assistant.

And to make sure your iPhone is completely locked down, you can turn off Allow Siri When Locked.

If you want to delete your Siri sessions, there is a route that you can take under Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History. There, you’ll find a handy Delete Siri & Dictation History option.

How to Deactivate Siri on a Mac

Macs are a different environment, often faster and easier with a mouse and keyboard than with a voice command. You can turn off Siri here to keep your workflow speedy:

  • Click the Apple logo in the menu bar and head over to System Settings.
  • Navigate to Siri & Spotlight and turn off Ask Siri.
  • Deactivate voice activation by setting Listen For to Off.
  • Erase your past interactions with Siri by clicking Delete Siri & Dictation History.

Turning Siri Off on Apple Watch

Even the very intimate Apple Watch makes Siri a useful helpmate. Still, there’s an easy way to dial back.

  1. Open up the Apple Watch app on your phone. In your phone’s Watch app, go to Settings > Siri and disable the ‘Listen for “Hey Siri”’, ‘Raise to Speak’ and ‘Press Digital Crown’ options.
  2. Confirm by tapping Turn Off Siri.

Or switch off the various Siri-related options through the Watch app on your iPhone – select Siri and switch off the above options.

Disabling Siri On New Devices

It’s a good time to make your choice about how you want to use Siri right as you’re setting up a new Apple device. If you choose Set Up Later in Settings, that skips setting up Siri straight away, keeping it dormant and unavailable until, or if, you decide to turn on the assistant.

The Case for Silence

Sure, Siri is indeed a peek into a fabulous near-future landscape of vocalised command and control. But many of us can also stand to enjoy more quiet, less interrupted moments. And so the simple act of turning off Siri across your Apple ecosystem is empowering: it means your devices work for you, when you want them to.

Exploring the Core: Apple at a Glance

Beyond Siri, though, Apple is a kind of temple of modern technology, where invention and design unclutter the multiverse of products, from the game-changing iPhone to the elegant Mac, the versatile iPad, the cool Apple Watch. Everything fits together.

For example, while Siri is on by default in all Apple products, users do have the option to turn her off. Apple’s strong commitment to advancing technology is paired with the firm principle of user privacy and control. With each product, Apple aims to create a tool that is as technologically advanced as possible, but also inherently designed for user control.

Technology enthusiasts, professional people seeking to find more productivity tools, and those who cherish silence, may find something in Apple’s range of products and features to engage with for the first time. And then, by better understanding them, switching on or off as necessary, there could truly be a chance to customize human-machine interaction, making technology more natural and fulfilling.

Jun 06, 2024
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