Siri, the virtual assistant on iOS and Mac is one of the most helpful features ever introduced by Apple. Ever since its arrival in 2011 (iPhone 4S, iOS 5), Siri has improved and evolved massively. Siri can perform similar activities as you would do on your iPhone without having to type, open any specific app, or go through any menu or settings on your device. All you need to do is to greet Siri and then ask any favor, Siri will do that for you in seconds. Sounds interesting, isn’t it?

Siri helps you to make phone calls, type messages, tells you the weather, play music, and provide directions. These are just half of the features that Siri can help you with. Importantly, Siri has come in as a handy tool in avoiding road accidents. Reason being that the drivers who have Apple devices can now prompt actions via Siri and hence their concentration remains on the road.

Well, every smartphone user understands that problems are part of technology; they are bound to happen. Apple users, however, believe that iOS is brilliant in troubleshooting the issues quickly, and they are not wrong. Troubleshooting Siri to fix it not getting turned off has already been addressed. So, if you are one of the users who do not want Siri’ assistance, you can turn it off by following these simple methods.

Turning Siri Off on iOS 11 & 12

Siri users found it quite easy to turn it on/off until the arrival of iOS 11. Things were pretty straight forward before the iOS 11 arrived. iOS 11 was considered as an overhaul to iPhone/iPad’ functionality. The idea was refreshing yet troublesome for the users who found it difficult to adjust to the new interface and settings.

You don’t need to be a tech-savvy to understand the changes iOS 11 brought. Siri also saw a change in settings but it is not difficult to comprehend. Here is a guideline on how you can turn Siri off on iOS 11 and iOS 12

1. Go to the Settings of your iPad/iPhone.
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2. Scroll down, locate the option Siri & Search and tap on it.

3. On your screen, you will be able to see three options. They are: Listen For “Hey Siri”, Press Home for Siri, and Allow Siri When Locked.

4. Toggle off all these three options.

Now one of the main reasons why users complain about the Siri feature not turning off is the fact that they don’t toggle off all three options. It is imperative to understand that Siri won’t turn off if you leave any of these options toggled on. So, the first troubleshooting step is to double check if all these three options have been toggled off.

Turning Off Siri on iOS 10 and Previous Versions

Turning off Siri in iOS 10 or previous versions is comparatively easy to iOS 11 and iOS 12. All you need to do is to:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPad/iPhone.

2. Locate the option General and tap on it.

3. You will be able to see the option Siri toggled on. Simply toggle it off.

4. Tap the option Turn Off Siri to confirm your action.

It is likely that the methods mentioned above would do the trick for you. However, there is no need to be worried if they don’t. You may have to look for different troubleshooting techniques in order to fix this issue. Some of these techniques are mentioned below.

Disabling Dictation Features on iOS

It would be pointless to keep your Dictation Feature on if you have already decided to turn Siri off. Since enabling Dictation Feature sometimes help to fix the problem of Siri not turning on, disabling it may help to address the issue you are facing. Disabling this feature is the same for all the iOS, and here is how you can do it:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone/iPad.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down, locate the option Keyboard and tap on it.

4. Now scroll down to the bottom of your screen to locate the option Enable Dictation.

5. Toggle if off.

6. Tap on the option Turn Off Dictation to confirm your action.

Turning Off Siri Suggestions

Although this troubleshooting relates to Siri & Search troubleshooting, performing it standalone can also do the trick for you. To do that:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPad/iPhone.

2. Scroll down, locate the option Siri & Search and tap on it.

3. Now scroll down to the section Siri Suggestions.

4. Toggle off all the three options in this section. They are: Suggestions in Search, Suggestion in Lookup and Suggestions on Lock Screen.

5. Once done, disable the options Listen For “Hey Siri”, Press Home for Siri, and Allow Siri When Locked and it may troubleshoot the problem.

The methods that have been elaborated above usually deliver the goods. In most cases, users won’t have to look further for any other troubleshooting option. However, if these methods did not help you then you can move on to the methods mentioned below.

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Restart your Device

This old school method has been delivering results no matter what the problem is or what the device is. You should start with this method as this is the quickest of the fixes that don’t take any time or effort. To restart your iPhone/iPad:

1. Press-hold the sleep/wake button on the right side of your device.

2. A Slider will appear on your screen. Slide it to the right side of your screen to switch off your device.

3. Press-hold the sleep/wake button again until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

4. Now try to disable the Siri feature again and it may work.

Resetting Network Settings

Since you know that a stable internet connection is compulsory for Siri to work properly, any fault in network settings could be a reason why Siri isn’t functioning properly. To address network settings, you may have to reset them. You can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings on your device.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down and locate the option Reset. Tap on it.

4. Now tap on the option Reset Network Settings.

5. Your device will restart once the settings are reset. Now connect to your Wi-Fi or Mobile data and try disabling the Siri feature again.

Erase All Content & Settings

Hope it doesn’t come down to this method but if it does, make sure to create an iCloud backup before triggering this option. You can do that by

1. Go to the Settings on your device.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down and locate the option Reset. Tap on it.

4. Now tap on the option Erase All Content & Settings.

5. Provide your passcode to confirm your action.

Conclusively, you can see that troubleshooting this issue can be done via various methods. If one doesn’t work; the second or third will. Again, people who want Siri to be expelled by Apple wouldn’t get their wish done anytime soon. There is a vast majority of Apple users who absolutely love Siri, and if you aren’t one of them then all you can do is to disable Siri on your device.