How To Turn Off Voice Control

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Voice Control is a feature built into iOS 11 that allows you to interact with your phone using only your voice. This is especially useful for those who struggle with typing or for people who want to conserve their battery life. If you’re interested in turning off the Voice Control feature, there are a few ways to do it, which we’ll be looking at today.

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Turn Off Voice Control On iPhones Earlier Than 8

On the iPhone 8 or earlier, the voice control is activated through the Siri feature. This will activate by holding the home button until a colorful circle pops up to notify you that Siri is listening. You can turn this off in the settings app.

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Open Settings

Open Settings on your iPhone.

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Click The Accessibility Tab

Find the Accessibility tab and click it.

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Click Home Button

Click Home Button.

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Find The Press And Hold To Speak Tab

Find the Press and Hold to Speak tab. Here you can see three options: Siri, Classic Voice Control, or Off. Choose the latter option to turn voice control off of your iPhone 8 (or earlier model).

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Turn Off Voice Control On iPhones Later Than X

The new iPhones have an improved version of voice control called “Classic Voice Control.” It works just like the old one but has some improvements. One of them is that it doesn’t require a press-and-hold gesture. Instead, you press the side button to activate Siri.

To turn it off, here’s the method:

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Open Settings

Find Settings on your homescreen and open it.

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Tap Accessibility

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Tap Accessibility.

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Tap Side Button

Scroll down until you see Side Button, tap this.

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Find The Subheading Press

How To Turn Off Voice Control

Find the subheading Press and Hold to Speak. Here you’ll find an option to turn Siri and Voice Control off.

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Keep Siri On While Voice Control is Off

If you want to keep Siri on but want to turn Voice Control off, you can keep Siri ticked but untick Voice control. If you would prefer them both off, however, tick Off.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Turn Voice Control Back On? 

Yes! The good news is that if you decide to go back to the way things were before, you can easily switch Voice Control back on.

All you need to do is follow the steps of the prior methods (whichever one you used to turn it off) and tick Voice Control or Siri rather than Off. 

What Is Voice Control?

Voice Control was introduced as part of iOS 11. It lets users use their voices to perform tasks such as sending messages, making calls, setting reminders, and more.

You can use it to control your phone without using your hands, which is very helpful when you’re on the move.

You can use Voice Control through Siri to compose messages and emails, ask for directions from maps, answer and make calls, and much more.

It is a great invention for many people who want to utilize their phone even while they’re driving or busy doing other things. 

Why Does Siri Keep Popping Up On My Phone? 

If Siri keeps popping up on your phone unprompted, then you might need to look into the hardware of your phone. It could be possible that something is wedged in the home button or side button that is prompting Siri to keep showing up.  

The best way to do this is to talk to Apple directly and see if you can get an appointment to talk to someone at the Genius Bar. This way you know that you’ll be getting a trusted repair if there is something wrong. 

Alternatively, you can just turn Siri and Voice Control off using the method that we provided above. 

Summary

We hope that these tips will help you out with turning off Voice Control on your iPhone. It is incredibly quick and easy to turn these features off, and it is just as simple to turn them back on if you change your mind.

Andrew is one of three co-founders of BGFG, the parent company of PC Guide. A keen gamer and PC enthusiast, Andrew dabbles in a bit of writing sometimes - when he gets the chance to!