Siri not working? 13 fixes for Siri to speak again

Siri is an essential aspect of the iOS experience, responsible for the majority of voice commands in iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, Siri sometimes stops working for one reason or another. Until the voice assistant speaks again, you won’t be able to fully use your device.

The good news is that there are ways to skin a cat and get Siri’s tongue back from the metaphorical animal.

Check if “Hey, Siri” is working

If you buy a new phone or update your operating system, the “Hey, Siri” feature may be disabled. The easiest fix is ​​to check your Settings menu to make sure Siri is working.

  1. Open Setting.
  2. Clap Siri & Search.
Settings window
  1. Clap Listen to “Hey Siri” and Enable Siri when locked.
Siri & Search preferences window

Check for iOS updates

If your operating system is not fully updated, Siri may not work properly.

  1. Open Setting.
  2. Clap Shared.
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  • Clap Software updates.
  • Software update window

    Restart your device

    Sometimes, problems with Siri can be resolved simply by powering off your device for 30 seconds to a minute and then turning it back on. The exact method you follow depends on the device you have, but most modern iPhones can be turned off by holding the power button and the volume up button simultaneously.

    Turn on Location Services

    Siri uses your current location to answer a lot of questions about things like the weather, provide directions, etc. If you have Location Services turned off, Siri may not work properly.

    1. Open settings.
    2. Clap Privacy.
    Privacy window
    1. Clap Location service.
    Location Services Window
    1. Touch Location service toggle to turn it on.
    Location service switch

    Reset “Hey, Siri”

    When Siri is unresponsive, she may not recognize your voice. If you set up “Hey, Siri” in a crowded or noisy area, the initial process may have caught too much background noise. By repeating the process, you can improve Siri’s speech recognition and help her get to know you better.

    1. Open Setting.
    2. Clap Siri & Search.
    3. Clap Listen to “Hey Siri” to turn off and then again to turn it back on.
    Listen to "Hello Siri" convert
    1. The Hey Siri setup screen will appear. Clap Continue.
    Set up the screen for "Hello Siri"
    1. Follow the on-screen instructions and say the five phrases shown to you.
    2. Clap Accomplished.

    Once you’ve done this, Siri will respond better and understand the phrases you say.

    Turn on Always Listen

    Another option available to you is to enable Siri accessibility features to make sure your phone is always listening to Siri.

    1. Open settings.
    2. Clap Accessibility.
    Accessibility window
    1. Clap Siri.
    Siri preferences window
    1. Clap Always Listen to “Hey Siri”
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    Enabling this option means that your phone will hear the phrase even when covered or face down.

    Check if Wi-Fi and mobile data are working

    Siri needs an Internet connection to work. If you’re not connected to Wi-Fi or you don’t have mobile data, she can’t handle voice input.

    1. Swipe down from the top right to open the Control Center.
    2. The Mobile Data icon must be green and the Wi-Fi icon must be blue. If not, tap the icon to turn it back on.
    Active Wi-Fi and Mobile Data icons in Control Center

    Turn off Typing to Siri

    Some users reported that the “Typing with Siri” feature caused problems with voice actions. Turn the feature off to eliminate that risk.

    1. Open Setting.
    2. Clap Accessibility.
    3. Clap Siri.
    4. Touch Type in Siri slider to deactivate it.
    Tap to toggle Siri

    Check Siri’s Servers

    If your phone is connected to the Internet but Siri is still not working, the server is most likely down. You can check Apple’s official server status page to find out.

    1. Go to
    2. Find Siri in the lower right part. If the light is green, it means the servers are still up and running.
    Apple System Status Window

    Toggle Airplane Mode

    Some users reported that disabling Airplane Mode, waiting about 30 seconds, and turning it back on fixed the Siri bug.

    1. Swipe down from the top right to open the Control Center.
    2. Touch Airplane mode Icon.
    Airplane mode is turned off in Control Center
    1. Wait for 30 seconds.
    2. Touch Airplane mode icon again to deactivate it.

    Spell conversion

    Spelling relies on Siri-like voice processing. Sometimes turning dictation off and back on can clear any glitches with Siri.

    1. Open Setting.
    2. Clap Shared.
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  • Clap Keyboards.
  • Turn on the Spelling toggle
    1. Clap Turn on dictation.
    2. Wait at least 30 seconds.
    3. Clap Turn on dictation once again.

    Reset Network Settings

    One possible fix to the problem with Siri is to completely reset the phone’s network settings. If you do this, you will need to reconnect to all your networks.

    1. Open Setting.
    2. Clap Shared.
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  • Clap Reset.
  • Reset menu
    1. Clap Reset Network Settings.
    Reset the Network Settings window
    1. Enter your passcode if you have one.
    2. Clap Reset Network Settings.

    Restore iPhone to Factory Settings

    If all else fails, you can restore your iPhone or iPad to factory settings. This should only be used as a last resort if none of the other options work, as it will erase everything from your phone.

    1. Open Setting.
    2. Clap Shared.
    3. Clap Reset.
    4. Clap Reset all settings.
    Reset All Settings Confirmation Screen
    1. Enter your passcode if you have one.
    2. Clap Reset all settings confirm.

    Get Siri working again

    These 13 methods will help fix problems with Siri. When your smart assistant is down, it removes your ability to use HomeKit, ask questions about the weather, etc. Start from scratch and work your way up.

    If none of these options work, you should contact Apple Support or take your device to the Genius Bar for repair.

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