Siri makes it easy to issue hands free commands for any of your Apple devices. You can use Siri to set reminders, send messages, search the web, and more. But with such a complex personal assistant, problems can arise. If Siri does not work on your iPhone or iPad, follow the troubleshooting steps. Here are some common problems you may have experienced with Siri, along with some general troubleshooting tips.
1. Siri does not react when you try to activate it
The most likely reason why you think Siri is not working is that Apple Personal Assistant did not respond when the Side button was activated to activate it (or the Home button on the iPhone 8 and earlier, including the iPhone SE). This is because Siri is disabled in iPhone or iPad settings. To resolve this issue, go to Settings> Siri & Search and press the Press Side / Home Button for Siri to reactivate Siri. You may also want to enable the Allow Siri When Lock option so that you do not need to lock your iPhone to access Siri.
2. Siri does not react when you say “Hey Siri”
When you have an iPhone or iPad with the phone in your ear, you can enable Apple Personal Assistant without touching your device. If this does not work, go to Settings> Siri & Search on your device and make sure you have Listen for “Hey Siri” enabled. While troubleshooting this issue, you need to verify that your device is compatible with Hey Siri. You can see the full list of compatible devices on the Apple website. Lastly, keep in mind that Hey Siri does not work when your device is locked or locked. Also, if you are using Low Power Mode on your iPhone or an older version of iOS, this will not work on your device.
3. Siri is completely removed from your iPhone or iPad
The above suggestions may not help you because Siri has been completely removed from the settings on your iPhone or iPad. There are several reasons for this. First, go to Apple’s feature availability page to make sure Siri is available in your country and region. Unfortunately, Apple Personal Assistant is not available everywhere. You may change your area by going to Settings> General> Language & Region. Second, make sure you do not mistakenly disable Siri through Content & Privacy Restrictions on your device. To check this go to Settings> Screen Time> Content & Privacy Restrictions. Open the Allowed Apps page and make sure Siri & Dictation is enabled. If your device is running iOS 11 or higher, you should check Settings> General> Restrictions instead.
4. Siri does not understand what you are saying
If Siri does not always hear you or repeatedly does not understand what you are saying, there may be a problem with your iPhone or iPad. Sometimes you can clean the microphones with a soft, dry brush or by removing the screen protector. There are several microphones in your iPhone or iPad. You can test each of them by recording short videos or audio clips in different programs: To test the original microphone at the bottom of the device, open the Voice Memos app and tap the red button to record a short message. Listen to the broadcast and make sure you can hear it clearly .To test the front microphone, open the camera app and take a short video using the front camera. Play the video again to make sure you can hear it clearly. To test the rear microphone, open the camera app and take a short video using the rear camera. Play the video again to make sure you can hear it clearly. If one of your microphones does not work properly, contact Apple Support to arrange a repair. You can also connect a wireless headset, AirPods or AirPods to use a microphone instead.
5. Siri is too slow or unable to connect to the network
Siri requires an active internet connection to complete more commands. If Siri does not work on your iPhone or iPad, it may be due to a problem with your network. Usually, when this happens, Siri says, “I’m having trouble connecting” or “Try again in a little while.” Make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi, and try watching a YouTube video to test your internet connection. If this does not work, you need to troubleshoot your network connection. If Siri still does not work, disable any VPN you use from Settings> VPN. Also, from Settings> Airplane Mode, turn Airplane Mode on or off. You may also need to go to Settings> General> Reset and select Reset Network Settings. This will remove your Wi-Fi passwords from other network data, so use it if no other connection is established. To use Siri over Cellular Data, make sure your mobile data is turned on in Settings> Cellular, and make sure you have enough data in your mobile app.
6. Siri does not say anything when asked a question
We usually expect to hear a verbal response after asking a request or issuing a command. If this does not happen, there may be a problem with the audio files on your iPhone. But first make sure Siri responds by going to Settings> Siri & Search> Voice Feedback. To turn on Siri, press the Volume Up button repeatedly when using Siri. If you adjust the volume at other times, it may not affect the volume at all. If Siri has not yet said or responded, go to Settings> Siri & Search> Siri Voice. Select a different accent or gender for your device to download new audio files. If so, you may need to uninstall and reinstall iOS to fix the original sound problem.
7. When you talk to Siri, several devices respond
If you have more than one Apple device, you may find that a few respond to “Hey siri” at once. This is actually a problem with your device settings. All you have to do is go to Settings> Bluetooth, Bluetooth is turned on for each of your devices. When you say “Hey siri”, your devices quickly use Bluetooth to communicate with each other and decide which device should respond.