However, there are a few qualifiers to the “always on” claim. And correct configuration is required before you can use Apple’s virtual assistant Siri. It’s essential to check that Siri is correctly configured. Suppose your “Hey Siri” commands aren’t producing the desired results in your iPhone. If Siri is still malfunctioning, there are some troubleshooting measures you may perform.
#1 Take out your earphones.
To give “Hey Siri” a shot, you’ll need to remove your headphones or earbuds. Suppose you’re having difficulties using Siri. Try using the virtual assistant even without headphones or other audio amplification equipment.
However, checking whether your headphones or earbuds are still linked is also essential. To your iPhone, if you haven’t used them in a while. Once in a while, your audio device may cling to your phone and keep trying to pick up your voice. And play sound even though you’re across the room. Check the Volume slider for a Bluetooth or earbud icon by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen to get to the Control Center. Siri is likely going via that intermediary if one is present. For a clean break, return it to its charging port. Unplug your earphones to know why Siri is not working on your iPhone and then fix the issue. You may also manually turn off the audio by opening the Settings app and going to Bluetooth, tapping the headphones’ icon, and finally tapping Disconnect.
#2 Activate the “Hey Siri” feature.
It’s conceivable that you can’t use “Hey, Siri.” A possible explanation is that you turned it off but forgot to activate it again. A simple check and re-enable will do the trick. Launch Siri & Search from the Settings menu. Swipe right on the buttons at the top of the display to activate Listening for “Hey Siri” & Enable Siri When Locked. Alternatively, you may activate Siri by pressing the side button.
#3 Re-educate Siri to understand your voice.
It’s possible that Siri needs a short retraining session if it sometimes works. But not reliably or if it responds poorly to your requests. You’ll get the most out of Siri if you utilize it in the same setting. That you often do so that it can learn your voice. Launch Siri & Search from the Settings menu. You may restart Siri by turning it off and then on Listening for “Hey Siri” again. Upon reactivation, utter a few commands on your phone to finish the brief setup procedure for Siri.
#4 Make sure that the microphone isn’t being obstructed.
If your smartphone’s microphones malfunction, Siri may have trouble hearing and understanding you. Always check that your device’s microphone isn’t covered by anything, such as a case, silicone sleeve, dirt, dust, or lint. To rule out a malfunctioning microphone as the source of your Siri issues, you may give it a try yourself.
#5 Set it up such that Siri works when the iPhone is upside down
You may have been under the impression that Siri is constantly active. When in fact, it’s simply “largely” active. For example, the iPhone will not answer “Hey Siri” if the screen is obscured. Like when the iPhone is face down on a countertop or inside a pocket or bag. Siri may be configured to continue to reply even if the screen is obscured. Bring to the Accessibility menu in Settings and select Siri to activate the virtual assistant. Swipe the icon to the right in the Spoken Answers section to activate Constantly Listen for “Hey Siri.”
#6 Turn off and back on your iPhone
Is it not functioning any better? When your iPhone experiences a software problem. Try switching it off and back on to clear the memory and delete any troublesome programs. Activate “Hey Siri” once more by restarting your iPhone.
#7 When you say “Hey Siri,” the wrong gadget answers.
Even though Siri is functional for the most part, it can be frustrating when the wrong device answers when you say, “Hey, Siri.” (for example, if you have an iPhone, iPad, & Mac in proximity). You might experience a simultaneous response from multiple Siri-enabled devices. Your only point of contact should be the gadget nearest to you with the best microphone. If it isn’t occurring, it’s probably because one or both of the involved gadgets has disabled Bluetooth. Turn on Bluetooth worldwide to resolve the issue.
To turn Bluetooth on in iOS, open the Settings menu, find the Bluetooth option, and swipe its toggle to the right. To access System Preferences on a Mac, select the Apple menu item in the top left. Ensure the Bluetooth button is selected and the status bar reads “On.” If Bluetooth is not already enabled, select the option to do so.