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Siri Won’t Shut Up? Silence Her With the Mute Switch

Ben Stegner 03-12-2015

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 If You're Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be Most of the commercials, jokes, and media hype about Apple's iOS voice assistant, Siri, have subsided, but I still run into iPhone users who don't take advantage of this powerful feature. Just the other day... Read More , 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.

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Will you try this setting? Do you like Siri’s vocal answers, or would you like her to shut up sometimes? Give us your thoughts below!


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