Quiet Siri Down With Independent Volume Controls [iOS Tips]

Quiet Siri Down With Independent Volume Controls [iOS Tips]

Siri is a perfectly lovely digital assistant, helping us get sports scores, figure out whether we need an umbrella or not, or decide which movie to watch, and whether our friends are nearby to watch it with.

Yet Siri can, at times, just be a little loud. If you want to whisper your question to her in a quiet environment, she may, in fact, shout the answer back to you, even if you have your iPhone on silent mode. Turns out, Siri has her own independent volume controls, which can be adjusted for when you’re in those “keep quiet” situations. Or, I suppose, turn it up in the super loud ones.

Launch Siri by holding down the home button until you hear the familiar Siri beep. Use the volume control buttons on the side of your iPhone or iPad to adjust the volume to a level that makes sense of the environment you’re in. Turn it up if you’re at the concert, turn it down if you’re in a lecture hall. Makes sense, right?

You can also adjust the volume for Siri’s speech-to-text feature on the keyboard. Simply enable the speak to type function with a tap on the little microphone icon in the iOS keyboard, then use the hardware volume buttons to adjust the volume. This will turn the beep sound up or down, depending.

Note that you can’t turn the volume all the way down, just as low as the first dot on the volume control indicator. So, if your plan requires absolute silence, you’ll need a pair of headphones or a dummy audio jack.

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  • mr_bee

    I don’t know if that printed Siri comment showing on the screenshot is from Apple or you made it up yourself but given the context of Siri being a female for most users … it’s misogynist bullshit all the same.

    Edit: It looks like it’s from you, CultofMac. Why am I not surprised? What a nasty little boys club you have going on here.

  • roblef

    I don’t know if that printed Siri comment showing on the screenshot is from Apple or you made it up yourself but given the context of Siri being a female for most users … it’s misogynist bullshit all the same.

    Edit: It looks like it’s from you, CultofMac. Why am I not surprised? What a nasty little boys club you have going on here.

    Wait, what’s mysogynist? I think *I* need independent volume controls. Maybe even you do. It’s a joke, and not about females at all. Also, while I used the “she” pronoun in the post, I believe Siri is male if you have a UK iPhone, but since I don’t live there, I refer to the assistant as female. THE CAPTION IS NOT ABOUT SILENCING FEMALES.

    But if it offends someone, I do apologize, and will remove it.

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