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How To Turn Off Voice Control on iPhone

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The voice control feature on iPhone lets you command your device to do several things such as call someone, play music, pause music, and face time with family and friends using your voice. 

While voice control improves accessibility to your iPhone, the feature may run commands accidentally. It can also interrupt you when you’re doing other things on your device. Fortunately, you can disable this feature.

How do you turn off voice control on an iPhone?

Turning off voice control on your iPhone depends on your device’s model. It’s different for iPhones with a home button (iPhone 8 and earlier models) and those with a side button (iPhone X and later models).

Quick Answer

To turn off voice control on iPhone 8 and earlier models, open “Settings” > “Accessibility” > “Home Button” > “Press and Hold To Speak” > “Off”.

To turn off voice control on iPhone X and later models, open “Settings” > “General” >  “Accessibility” > “Side Button” > “Press and Hold To Speak” > “Off”.

We prepared this article to show you how to turn off voice control on an iPhone.

Method #1: Using the Home Button

When you press and hold the home button on your iPhone, you activate voice control and Siri. If you want to get turn off voice control, follow these steps:

  1. Open “Settings”.
  2. Click “Accessibility”.
  3. Scroll down the menu and tap “Home Button”.
  4. Under the “Press and Hold To Speak” section, click “Off”.
Note

If you would like to disable Voice Control but keep Siri active, tap the Siri option instead of the Off button. Whenever you press the home button, it will activate Siri but not voice control.

Method #2: Using the Side Button

You can activate the Voice Control and Siri in iPhone X and later models by pressing the side button. If you’d like to disable Voice Control, here’s how to do it:

  1. Open “Settings”.
  2. Click “Accessibility”.
  3. Scroll down the menu and select the “Side Button”.
  4. Under the “Press and Hold To Speak” section, tap “Off”.

Stopping Unintentional Voice Control Activation

The voice control feature makes doing stuff with your iPhone easier. You can compose an Email, text, call, or facetime someone, by uttering words on your device. 

If you want to keep the feature turned on but stop unintentional activation, you can make the feature inaccessible on a locked device. Doing this ensures you only use voice control when your device is unlocked. Follow these steps to achieve that:

  1. Open “Settings”.
  2. Tap “Touch ID & Passcode”.
  3. Create a passcode that you’ll use to lock your phone.
  4. Go back to “Settings” and click on “Passcode Lock”.
  5. Scroll down the menu and turn off the “Voice Dial” toggle.
  6. Under “Allow Access When Locked”, turn off the toggle beside “Siri”.

Conclusion

The Voice Control feature lets you access some functions by uttering words to your iPhone. These functions include calling, texting, playing, and pausing music.

However, you may want to turn off the feature if it keeps interrupting what you are doing on the phone or for some other reason. You can turn off voice control from the Settings app by selecting the Off option under the Press and Hold To Speak section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Voice Control keep popping up on my iPhone?

There are three reasons why your Voice Control may keep popping up on your iPhone:

1) Voice Control is enabled.
2) You have not inserted your headset correctly or moisture in the connector.
3) You are using a faulty headset.

Turn off Voice Control, Activate Siri, or use a proper headset to fix this issue.

How do I turn off Voice Control on my iPhone?

To turn off voice control on your iPhone, follow these steps:

1) Open “Settings”.
2) Go to “Accessibility”.
3) Select “Home Button” or “Side Button”, depending on your device’s model.
4) Tap “Off” under “Press and Hold To Speak”.

How do I deactivate Classic Voice Control but keep Siri on?

You can deactivate classic voice control on your iPhone and keep Siri active. Siri is more intelligent than voice control and needs an internet connection to work. It is less likely to activate unexpectedly. 

Here is how to deactivate classic voice control while leaving Siri active:

1) Open “Settings”.
2) Click “Accessibility”.
3) Depending on your device’s model, tap the “Home Button” or “Side Button”.
4) Under “Press and Hold To Speak”, select “Siri”.
5) A tick appears beside Siri, meaning Siri will respond when you press and hold the home or side button.

Can I unlock my iPhone using Voice Control?

Yes, you can use Voice Control to unlock your iPhone. Here’s how to do it:

1) Open “Settings”.
2) Click “Accessibility”.
3) Scroll down the menu and select “Voice Control”.
4) Turn on the “Voice Control” toggle.
5) Select “Customize Commands”.
6) Tap “Create New Command”.
7) Type the phrase you’d like to use to unlock your phone.
8) Click “Action”.
9) Tap “Run Custom Gesture”.
10) Click “Save”.

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