How to Fix Siri Not Working on iPhone (iOS 12 Supported)

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Siri is not talking or available? It doesn't pick up your voice anymore? Or it is just not responding after you upgrading your iPhone to iOS 12? As one of the most useful functions on iPhone, Siri helps us a lot and it will cause some inconvenience if there are any problems with Siri. In this article, we will offer an instruction which could be the most comprehensive guide to troubleshot iPhone sire not working problem. We just want to offer as more solutions as possible so the article may be pretty long. Keep patient and find out what can help.

12 Tips to Fix Siri Not Working on iPhone (iOS 12 Supported)

1. Is Siri available on Your Device?

First of all, you should confirm Siri can be used on your device. For now, Apple allows Siri be available for the following iOS devices –

  • iPhone: iPhone 4s and later.
  • iPad: iPad 3rd generation and later, all iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini models
  • iPod: iPod touch 5th generation and later.

Siri on iPhone

If you use any other iOS device model, for example an iPhone 4, then Siri won't talk on it. If your device is in the scope, then go on reading the article.

2. Make Sure Siri Has Been Turn On

If you don't turn on Siri on iPhone, then of course Siri is not talking . Don't think this is impossible - sometimes this circumstance just happens.

1. Go to Settings > General > Siri and check the status of it. If it is disabled, just turn it on. If it has been turned on, just turn it off and then re-turn it on.

2. If you cannot see the option of Siri settings, just go to Settings > General > Restrictions and turn on Siri & Dictation.

turn Siri on iPhone

3. Is Your iPhone Microphone Working Well?

Siri not talking back may be caused by iPhone microphone errors. If it cannot pick up your voice, then of course it won't give any response. Just confirm whether your microphone works by recording an audio or voice memo. It your iPhone microphone cannot detect your voice, try the following steps:

1. clean your microphone hole with a soft toothbrush or a can of compressed air.

2. remove your iPhone case in case it keeps your voice from the phone.

iPhone microphone

4. Make Sure Your Request Is Clear and Precise

We all know that Siri may not take what you said when you spoke to it at the first time. But if you speak more and more, then Siri learns more and recognize your voice better. So before talking with Siri, think about what you will say.

1. make sure that you won't give the wrong request.

2. pronounce in the way Siri understands – speak standard words.

speak to siri

5. Try to Reset iPhone Network Settings

Siri requires an Internet connection, such as Wi-Fi or cellular, to work. If there is any network connection problem, then probably Siri won't work.

  • Just go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset network settings to have a try.

reset iPhone network connections

If reset network settings doesn't work, you can also try to reset all the settings of your iPhone by going to Settings=>General=>Reset=>Reset All Settings.

reset all settings

6. Update iOS Version to the Latest One (iOS 12 for Now)

Update iOS system will probably solve some unknown Siri issues, including Siri won't talk and you can follow the steps as below to do so.

1. Tap on Settings > General on your iPhone.

2. Tap on Software Update and iPhone will check for update automatically.

3. Tap on Install Now if new version is available.

check for iOS update on iPhone

7. Enable or Re-enable Hey Siri on iPhone

If Hey Siri not working on iPhone, or it cannot understand you anymore, probably Hey Siri isn't enabled  or Siri is just not working in your device. Just enable or re-enable Hey Siri function to rescue.

  • Go to Settings > Siri and then tap on Allow Hey Siri. Then iPhone will ask you to set it by saying Hey Siri several times so that it will recognize your voice.
  • If Hey Siri is in the status of turning on, just turn it off and turn it on back and set up.

enable Hey Siri on iPhone

8. Switch On/Off Dictation on Your iPhone

Siri not recognizing voice may be resulted from iPhone dictation not working. Just switch on or off the dictation function to make Siri re-work.

1. Locate Enable Dictation from Settings > General > Keyboard.

2. Just toggle it on.

3. If it is on already, turn it off and re-turn on.

turn on dictation on iPhone

9. Make Sure Siri Language Is Correct

If the default Siri language is different with the one you are speaking, then Siri is not picking up voice.

  • Go to Settings > General > Siri > Language on your iPhone, and then pick the correct language from the list.

choose Siri language on iOS

10. Turn Off Low Power Mode

Hey Siri function won't work and of course Siri is not talking back if the low power mode is on. Turn it off as the following steps and then speak to Siri again.

  • Go to Settings > Battery, and then check the status of Low Power Mode. If it is on, then you need to toggle it off.

low power mode on iPhone

11. Force Restart iPhone to Fix Siri Not Working

And according to our experience, restarting device often solves lots of issues. And force restart will help more.

  • For iPhone before iPhone 7: Hold the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for at least ten seconds until the device reboots itself.

Force restart iPhone

  • For iPhone 7/ 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Power and Volume Down buttons for at least ten seconds until the device reboots itself.

hard reset iPhone 7

  • For iPhone 8/8 Plus/X, quick click Volume Up and then Volume Down button and then keep holding the Side Button until you see the Apple logo.

force restart iPhone X

12. Fix Siri Issues with Third-party Tool (iOS 12 Supported)

If you tried all the methods above but Siri is not talking, still, then the problem may be caused by iOS issues on your iPhone. You can use iMyFone iOS System Recovery to fix the issue. As an iOS issues fixing expert, the tool can do more than you can imagine. It can fix iOS problems without any data loss.

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Here is the detailed user guide to fix Siri not working on your iPhone without data loss.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iMyFone iOS System Recovery

After installing and running the program, connect your iPhone with the program using an original cable. After clicking Standard Mode, this iMyFone program will show you instructions as below. Follow the instructions to get your device detected.

 put your device into DFU Mode

Step 2. Select and Download Corresponding Firmware

After you click Download button on the next screen, iMyFone iOS System Recovery will start to download the corresponding firmware package to fix the iOS problem with your device.

downloading firmware package

Step 3. Fix Siri Issues or Other iOS Issues

Once the firmware package is downloaded, iMyFone iOS System Recovery (iOS 11.3 supported) will fix the Siri issues after you click the button Start to Fix. Your Siri will get back to normal after that.

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Now you have 12 tips on how to fix iPhone Siri not working and all of them work for iOS 12 and earlier versions. If you know other tips, please leave a comment.