It’s possible that Siri sometimes won’t listen to what you say, or it has trouble understanding you. If that also happens to you, you can try these tips to remedy these problems. This will also ensure that the assistant will listen better to your voice.
Siri problems – This is how you solve them
Siri, the digital assistant to your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and macOS, can be a useful tool. Without touching your iDevice you can say ‘Hey Siri’, but this doesn’t always work as expected. Even if Siri listens, it happens often that you are misunderstood and you get a wrong answer. With these tips, you solve these problems with Siri.
1. Make sure Siri is turned on
It sounds very logical, but before you follow the steps below, it’s smart to check that Siri is turned on. You also need an active Internet connection and Siri must also be enabled in the settings. You can do this by going to Settings > Siri. Make sure the green switch behind Siri is green and also check immediately whether the other settings on this page to match the screenshot below.
2. Turn on the app settings for Siri
Since iOS10, Siri can also be used to control third-party apps. For this, you need to give the assistant separate permission for each app. This is done via the Siri menu Settings > Siri > App support. You can specify per app which gets permission to use Siri. Examples include WhatsApp, Facebook, and Telegram.
3. Use “Did you mean?” to improve Questions
If you ask a question to Siri, it may happen that you are misunderstood. This, of course, provides a different answer, which is often not what you are looking for. Apple has a handy function “did you mean?’ built in. This prevents having to pronounce the whole question again.
Once a blue line appears under a word, Siri doubts whether she understood you well. By tapping this, your iPhone represents a sentence which probably fits better with your question. Select it and Siri answers this custom question, without having to repeat yourself. This feature also allows you to type in questions to Siri, instead of expressing them.
4. Does “Hey Siri” not work? Reset the function
If Siri rarely responds when you say “Hey Siri”, we recommend resetting the function. Your iPhone will listen carefully to the characteristics of your voice so that Siri knows better what sound it should pick up.
5. Make sure you have no microphone problems
If you have checked all software causes, it may be that Siri can hardly hear you because your microphone is not working properly. This can have several causes and does not always mean that you immediately have to send your device to Apple Support. There are iPhone cases that cover the microphone, making it difficult for Siri to hear you at a distance.
A microphone with a lot of dirt in it has the same effect. Grab a cotton swab or a soft toothbrush to gently clean your microphone. Do you have an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, these devices are waterproof and you can just rinse the device with water.
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