4 Best Fixes For Siri Not Working On iPhone

Ah, Siri! She’s your pocket personal assistant, always eager to help – well, almost always. There have been those times I’ve found her unresponsive, no matter how many times I’ve uttered that signature “Hey Siri!” in exasperation. But fear not, for I’ve been down that road myself, and I’m here to guide you through some simple yet effective fixes to get Siri back on her virtual feet.

1. Check Siri’s Activation Settings

We’ve all been there – we forget to double-check the basics. Sometimes, Siri might be turned off without our knowing.

Steps to Check Siri’s Settings:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Siri & Search.
  2. Ensure that both ‘Listen for “Hey Siri”‘ and ‘Press Side Button for Siri’ are toggled on. If they’re not, switch them on.

Personal tip: I’ve once accidentally switched off the ‘Listen for “Hey Siri”‘ option when I was messing around with the settings. Took me longer than I’d care to admit to figure it out.

Check Siri’s Activation Settings


2. Ensure Internet Connectivity

Even the brightest of virtual assistants needs some online help now and then. Siri relies heavily on Apple’s servers to process the requests. So, an unstable or slow internet connection can make Siri seem unresponsive.

Recommendation: Always check if your iPhone has a solid Wi-Fi or cellular connection. You can try browsing a random website, like BBC News, to ensure the internet’s working fine.

Ensure Internet Connectivity

3. Restart Your iPhone

A good old-fashioned reboot has been a trusty companion in my tech journey. It’s incredible how many issues get resolved with a simple restart.

How to Restart:

  1. For iPhones without a home button, press and hold the side button and either volume button until the slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to power off.
  3. Once the device is off, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Personal note: I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t forgotten this basic step once or twice. Sometimes, amidst the chaos of life, the simplest solutions elude us.

Force restart your iPhone

4. Update Your iOS

Outdated software can sometimes be the culprit. Apple frequently releases updates to fix bugs and improve performance. It’s always a good idea to ensure your iPhone runs the latest iOS version. Not only for Siri but to keep the entire ecosystem running smoothly.

Update Steps:

  1. Head over to Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. If an update is available, tap ‘Download and Install’.

Pro-tip: Always backup your data before updating. And for some additional reading, check out Apple’s official guide on updating your iOS.

Update your iOS


Siri’s occasional hiccups can indeed test one’s patience. But with these tried-and-tested solutions, she’ll be back to setting reminders and answering your bizarre questions in no time. Trust me, I’ve been there.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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