Siri iOS 9

Starting with iOS 9, you can now shut Siri up as easily as turning the mute switch to silent. Prior to iOS 9, Siri would not respond to the state of the ringer switch.

Indeed, how many times did you wish you could chat with Siri in the middle of the night but didn’t out of fear her loud voice might wake up your significant other?

As it turns out, a quick trip to the Settings app on iOS 9 and a couple of taps is all it takes to tell Siri to honor the state of your ringer switch.

How to control Siri audio feedback with ring switch

Step 1: Launch Settings on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0 or later.

Step 2: Navigate to the Siri → Voice Feedback section.

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Step 3: Choose the Control with Ring Switch option to silence all Siri audio feedback when your mute switch is turned to silent.

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“Siri will silence all audio feedback when you set the ring switch to silent,” reads the description. “You will continue to hear Siri beep and provide voice feedback when using ‘Hey Siri,’ or when connected to a Bluetooth device, headphones or CarPlay.”

If you want to hear all voice feedback from Siri, including the Siri beep tone even when the ring switch is set to silent, choose the Always On option instead.

And lastly, selecting the Hands-Free Only option will tell Siri to beep and provide voice feedback only when you are using the ‘Hey Siri’ feature or when connected to a Bluetooth device, headphones or CarPlay.

How do you like this nifty Siri trick?

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  • Ralph Castro


  • Anonymous

    Hey this is cool. I dont use shazam ever since siri useing shazam to find out a song. so in the event i here a good song in a movie at the movie theater, i can still find out the song with out piss everyone off.

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  • Doesn’t work with iPod Touch. It only shows “Always On” and “Hands-Free Only”

  • Pulkit Maloo

    This is a nice feature

  • skillet

    The problem for me still is that it still makes a sound if the button gets pressed. I would love for a true silent switch and not everything being software based. I wish they made a switch at the hardware level that no software could override for sound. There are places where I really can’t have any sounds coming from the phone/iPad and I don’t always have a place to safely put it away. Most of the time I can work it out but nice to just be worry free and still keep it on my and not constantly have to figure out a place to put it and then go and get it when I am done.

    Thankfully Siri also has a way to turn down the volume of it and the beep, when you activate it then press the volume down button and you can turn it all the way down so there is no sound for Siri there.

    in the mean time the dummy headphone jack plugged in seems to be the only sure workaround for all apps that might make a sound when set to mute and volume all the way down.