Your iPhone’s mute switch, located above the volume buttons, is a great shortcut for quickly silencing your phone, but it can be made even more useful. By default, you might find Siri, the virtual assistant, a bit invasive. Here’s how to use your mute switch to silence her.
This setting is pretty buried, so you might not know that it exists. Go to Settings > General > Siri > Voice Feedback. The setting defaults to Always, but change it to Control with Ring Switch. Now, Siri will only speak when your ring switch (or lock switch, or mute switch) is set to enable sound.
When the switch is muted, you can still ask Siri questions but will only see her answers on-screen instead of read aloud. This lets you cut down on annoying others, or having Siri read potentially sensitive or embarrassing information out loud.
@pauld When I flip the Mute switch on my iphone (5 or 6+), i don't expect to make any noise… ever. Siri will ignore this.
— alexlindsay (@alexlindsay) December 5, 2014
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