Fix: Hey Siri not working on iPhone/iPad in iOS 16/15

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Siri is a digital assistant that is available on Apple devices. It uses artificial intelligence to perform tasks such as setting alarms, sending messages, and searching the internet. Siri can also answer questions and provide information about the weather, sports, and more. Although Siri is usually reliable, there are times when it may not work properly. If Siri is not working on your iPhone or iPad, then there are different fixes that you can try.

Talking about the fixes, since there is no single universal cause to it, so can’t be its solution. Based on the various possibilities, I have compiled a list of solutions that you can try on your iPhone or iPad to get the issue rectified.

How to fix if Hey Siri is not working

Fix 1: Restart the device and “Hey Siri”

First, try restarting the Siri voice assistant on your iPhone or iPad. To do so:

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Navigate to Siri & Search.

Step 3: On the Siri & Search settings page, toggle off the switch for Listen for “Hey Siri” option.

Step 4: Now, restart your iOS device and again open the same Siri & Search settings page.

Step 5: Now, toggle the switch on for the Listen for “Hey Siri” option to enable Siri.

Fix 2: Reset Network Settings

Maybe the Siri is not able to access the network or your device as a whole is not having an internet connection. In such a case, you can try resetting the network.

Note: After resetting the network settings, your phone will lose the saved Wi-Fi password. So, make sure that you have your Wi-Fi password with you in order to connect again.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Navigate to General > Transfer Or Reset iPhone.

Step 3: Select the Reset option and go to Reset network settings.

Step 4: Enter the password and again tap on the Reset Network Settings option to confirm.

Fix 3: Re-enable Dictation

Non-functioning dictation can also lead to unresponsiveness to the Siri voice assistant. You can try disabling and then re-enabling Dictation.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Navigate to the General section by tapping on the same.

Step 3: Scroll down and go to Keyboard.

Step 4: On the Keyboard settings page, scroll down and toggle off the switch for the Enable Dictation option.

Step 5: After that wait for 15 to 20 seconds and switch on the Enable Dictation toggle.

Fix 4: Check your microphone

If you’re having trouble with Siri, it could be due to a microphone issue. The first thing you should do is make sure that the microphone is clean. If there is any dirt or debris blocking the microphone, it could prevent Siri from being able to hear you clearly. You can try blowing into the microphone or using a can of compressed air to clean it out.

Fix 5: Disable Low Power Mode

The low power mode on iOS, if enabled, ensures Siri to not get activated to save battery. Hence make sure the Low Power Mode is not active. To disable the Low Power Mode:

Step 1: Locate and open the Settings app.

Step 2: Go to Battery.

Step 3: On the Battery settings page, switch off the toggle for the Low Power Mode.

Fix 6: Check for updates

Outdated iOS versions can also cause Siri-relates issues. Hence in order to ensure that the outdated iOS version is not the culprit, consider checking for updates.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Navigate to General > Software Updates

Here, the phone will check for pending updates and will notify you. If the update is available, download and install it by following the on-screen instructions.

Fix 7: Reset Settings

If nothing works, then the last thing that you can do on your device is to reset the settings and hop if the issue gets resolved. Otherwise, you’ll have to contact Apple Support. To reset iPhone:

Step 1: Open Settings and head over to General.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on the Transfer or Reset iPhone option.

Step 3: Tap on the Reset option.

Step 4: Select Reset All Settings to confirm the selection.

Step 5: Finally, enter the password to initiate the reset process.

Fix 8: Contact Apple Support

Now it seems like nothing is in your hand and you should consider contacting Apple Support for a solution and assistance.

Bottom Line

Here comes the end of this fixing guide and I am hoping that one of the aforementioned fixes would have worked for you. I would love to know which one was helpful in your case. Let me know in the comments below. Also, if still there is no progress, you can also describe your problem to me in the comments below.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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