Siri is one of the most useful features on the iPhone, allowing users to get information, set reminders, place calls, and more using just their voice. However, Siri can sometimes stop working properly after an iOS update like iOS 17. Here are the top solutions for fixing Siri when it’s not responding on your iPhone running iOS 17.
Check Siri Settings
The first step is to open the Settings app and go to the Siri & Search menu. Make sure the following options are enabled:
- Listen for “Hey Siri” – This allows you to activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri.”
- Press the Side Button for Siri – This lets you activate Siri by long pressing the side/power button.
- Allow Siri When Locked – This lets you use Siri even when your iPhone is locked.
If any of those options are disabled, turn them on. Also, make sure Siri itself is toggled on.
If Siri is already enabled in your settings but still not working, try toggling Siri off and then back on again. Go to Settings > Siri & Search and turn off Listen for “Hey Siri.” Then, turn it back on and go through the voice training process again. This will re-register your voice and get Siri working again.
Check Microphone Access
Siri relies on your iPhone’s microphones to hear your requests. If the mics aren’t working properly, Siri won’t respond. To test the mics:
- Open Voice Memos and try recording your voice. Play it back to confirm the mics are working.
- Make a voice call and check that the other person can hear you clearly.
If the mics aren’t working, try cleaning them out with a toothpick or soft brush. Also, remove any phone case that may be blocking the mics.
Reset Network Settings
Network connectivity issues may prevent Siri from working properly. To reset all network settings on your iPhone:
- Go to Settings => General => Reset
- Tap Reset Network Settings
- Enter your passcode if prompted
This will wipe all Wi-Fi networks and passwords, so you’ll have to reconnect, but it can resolve underlying network problems.
Turn Off Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode limits background activities to conserve battery life. Unfortunately, this can also disable Siri. Go to Settings => Battery and make sure Low Power Mode is turned off.
Force Restart iPhone
If Siri is still not responding, force restart your iPhone:
- iPhone 8 or earlier: Press and hold the Power and Home buttons together until the Apple logo appears.
- iPhone X or later: Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button until the slider appears. Drag the slider to power off.
Once your phone reboots, Siri should be working again. This fixes temporary glitches that may prevent Siri from activating.
Reset All Settings
Resetting all settings will clear any problematic configurations that could be interfering with Siri. Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset All Settings. Enter your passcode if asked. This will restore all settings to their defaults without erasing any data. Make sure to re-enable Siri in the settings afterward.
Check for iOS Updates
Apple regularly releases software updates to fix bugs and improve performance. Go to Settings => General => Software Update to check for the latest iOS version. Install any available updates and see if it resolves your Siri issues.
If all else fails, you may need to reinstall iOS on your iPhone to fix underlying system errors. Connect your iPhone to a computer and make an iTunes or iCloud backup first to save your data.
Then go to Settings > General > Reset and choose Erase All Content and Settings. This will wipe your iPhone and install a clean version of iOS. You can then restore your backup to get your data back.
Contact Apple Support
For additional troubleshooting help, contact Apple Support online or by phone. They can run diagnostics, suggest other fixes, or set up a repair if needed. Make sure to have your iPhone handy when you contact them.