8 Best Ways To Fix “Hey Siri” Not Working On iPhone

The “Hey Siri” command is immensely popular amongst iOS users because of its incredible hands-free functionality. Here are some of the best ways to enhance your Siri experience on your iOS Device. But what if Siri is not responding and you aren’t able to set reminders, send messages, or get answers to your questions or other commands?

Worry not! By the end of this post, “Hey Siri” shall work on your iPhone. But, before diving into the troubleshooting steps, let’s have a look at some prerequisites first.

Some Prerequisites/Things To Check If Hey Siri Is Not Working On iPhone

Before we jump to the steps you can undertake if “Hey Siri” is not responding, you may want to consider the below-mentioned points first –

  • Ensure that your iPhone’s microphone isn’t blocked by any object – improper fitting case, screen protector, dirt/ dust, or lint as that may be the reason why Siri isn’t responding to your commands.
  • When setting up “Hey Siri”, it is advisable that you do it in a quiet environment. This way the “Hey Siri” function will catch your actual voice and hence work more efficiently.
  • Check if your iPhone is in Silent Mode or if the Do Not Disturb is enabled on your iPhone. Because if that’s the case, the “Hey Siri” command might refuse to function.

What To Do If Hey Siri Is Not Working On Your iPhone

Solution No. 1 – Set Up Hey Siri Correctly

First and foremost, if the command “Hey Siri” is not responding, it could be that you haven’t configured it correctly. Here are the steps to set up “Hey Siri” correctly on your iPhone –

Step 1 – Open Settings.

Step 2 – Tap on Siri & Search.

Siri & Search

Step 3 – Enable the Listen for “Hey Siri” button

Additionally, you can retrain Siri by going through the short setup process. This way, it will better be able to recognize your voice.

Solution No. 2 – Switch On/ Off Dictation

If Siri is not responding to your voice, there are chances that you have turned the dictation functionality off. Or, on the other hand, it could also be that the dictation functionality needs to be refreshed. Here are how you can do both –

Step 1 – Go to Settings > General > Keyboard


Step 2 – Toggle on the switch.

Step 3 – Alternatively, if it is turned on, toggle it off and toggle it on again.

Solution No. 3 – Restart iPhone

Restarting your iPhone is one of the best troubleshooting steps that you can take to fix issues. Needless to say, it might also help you out if “Hey Siri” is not working on your iPhone. Here are multiple ways to restart your iPhone especially if it refuses to turn on.

Solution No. 4 – Configure Siri To Respond When, For example, It Is Facedown

Siri is theoretically always on. However, if your iPhone is kept in a facedown position when for example, you have kept it in your pocket, or inside your bag, it may not respond.

Step 1 – Open Settings.

Step 2 – Tap on Accessibility.


Step 3 – Tap on Siri.

Tap on Siri

Step 4 – Under Spoken Responses, turn on Always Listen for “Hey Siri”

Solution No. 5 – Disconnect Bluetooth Speakers or Headphones or Any Other Devices

If your Bluetooth is connected to multiple devices like headphones, speakers, or any other such devices, this could be causing hindrances. As a result, Siri might not be able to catch your voice. One of the ways to fix this issue is to disconnect these devices for once. Here are the steps for the same –

Step 1 – Open Settings

Step 2 – Select Bluetooth.

Step 3 – Tap on i next to the device that you wish to disconnect.

Step 4 – Tap on Disconnect or you can even tap on Forget This Device if you want to stop it from reconnecting.

Solution No. 6 – Clear The Language Barrier

Your Siri will respond in a better manner if you have set it in your language. So, for example, if your language is English (US), Siri might be unable to understand your voice, if you have enabled English (India). To change the language –

Step 1 – Open Settings.

Step 2 – Tap on Siri & Search.

Siri & Search

Step 3 – Tap on Language and select your preferred language carefully.


Step 4 – Restart your iPhone and see if the issue is resolved.

Solution No. 7 – Reset iPhone Network Settings

Resetting iPhone Network settings can also be a way to fix the issue. That’s because Siri requires an internet connection and resetting may fix any issues with that. Here is how you can reset the network settings of your iPhone.

Step 1 – Open Settings.

Step 2 – Go to General.

Step 3 – Click on Transfer or Reset iPhone and select Reset option.

Transfer or Reset

Step 4 – Click on Reset network settings.

Reset network settings

Step 4 – Enter Passcode.

Additionally, if resetting network settings doesn’t work, you can take it a step further and instead, tap on Reset All Settings.

Solution No. 8 – Update  iPhone

Haven’t updated your iPhone in a while? Chances are that “Hey Siri” is not working on your iPhone because of some bugs. Here is how you can update your iPhone.

“Hey Siri”, Thanks For Listening

Everyone has their share of issues and Siri is no different. We hope that after trying out these fixes, Siri will start responding to your commands as it did before. If you fixed the issue, do share the solution that worked out for you. Also, share this post with someone who might be in need.

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