Pro Tip: Use Siri without all the loud play-by-play

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Siri
Hush it down, Siri. Hush it down.
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Pro Tip Cult of Mac bugYou know how it is: You press and hold the Home button to set a quick timer and Siri comes back all loud, “OK! Setting the timer! I’m in suspense!”

Or some such nonsense. Sure, you want to confirm that Siri’s not, say, adding an event to your calendar or calling your Aunt Tilly instead of setting a timer, but maybe you don’t need Apple’s AI helper to be all chatty about it.

Here’s how you can tamp down Siri’s sometimes-annoying banter.

If you want to manage Siri’s vocal responses to your queries, you’ll need to drop into your Settings app. Open it on your iPhone or iPad with a tap, then tap the General button.

Next, swipe down to Siri and tap on that button to get to Siri preferences. Once in there, tap on Voice Feedback. You’ll get three options: Always On, Control with Ring Switch, and Hands-Free Only.

What's your option?
What’s your option?
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Always On means Siri will cheerfully respond to your queries and commands with voice, even if you’ve set the iPhone to silent using the hardware Ring Switch.

If you set it to Control with Ring Switch, when you toggle your iPhone to vibrate/silent, Siri will silence all audio feedback. You’ll still hear the beep, and Siri will provide voice feedback when you use the “Hey Siri” command or when connected to a Bluetooth speaker, headset or CarPlay.

Finally, if you set this option to Hands-Free Only, Siri will only beep when you invoke it, but will still provide voice feedback when using Hey Siri or connected to a Bluetooth device or CarPlay.

Now you know al your choices when it comes to how mouthy Siri is. Pick one and have at it!

Via: Pocket Lint