Apple Just Fixed Siri’s Voice Response Issue in iOS 16, Giving You More Control Over Audible Responses «iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks

Apple Just Fixed Siri’s Voice Response Issue in iOS 16, Giving You More Control Over Audible Responses «iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks


of Apple iOS 16 the update changes the way Siri speak responses, defaulting to a more “automatic” solution that lets your iPhone decide when it should or shouldn’t speak out loud. That might sound like a good thing, but it makes it harder to keep Siri silent when you just want muted responses. Fortunately, a new iOS update gives you some control back.

Before we dive into Siri’s recently updated feedback preferences, let’s take a look at how these options have progressed over the years. This can help you understand how constantly changing a menu can lead to confusion.

On iOS 13.7 and earlier versions:

Siri’s voice response preferences seemed the most detailed in iOS 13.7 and earlier. You can adjust Siri’s chatty responses via Settings -> Siri & Search -> Voice Feedback, and you can choose from:

  • always on: Siri will provide voice feedback, even when your ringer switch is set to silent.
  • Ring Switch Control: Siri will mute all audio feedback when you set the ringer switch to silent. You’ll continue to hear Siri beep and provide voice feedback when you use “Hey Siri” or when connected to a Bluetooth device, headphones, or CarPlay.
  • Hands free only: Siri will only beep and provide voice feedback when you’re using “Hey Siri” or when connected to a Bluetooth device, headphones, or CarPlay.

On iOS 14.0:

Via Settings -> Siri & Search -> Siri Feedback -> Voice Feedback in iOS 14.0, you’ll notice some updates to settings. For one thing, the main menu was Siri Feedback instead of Voice Feedback, in case you haven’t already noticed. And then there is the fact that the title of each option was changed:

  • Always: Siri will always speak, even when silent mode is on.
  • With silent mode off or with “Hey Siri”: Siri will speak when silent mode is off, when “Hey Siri” is used, or when connected to a Bluetooth or CarPlay device.
  • Only with “Hey Siri”: Siri will speak only when you use “Hey Siri” or when connected to a Bluetooth or CarPlay device.

On iOS 14.1 to iOS 15.7:

The Siri Feedback menu in iOS 14.0 seemed sloppy, so Apple fixed things to iOS 14.1 to iOS 15.7, now found via Settings -> Siri & Search -> Siri Responses -> Spoken Responses. He’s renamed the menu again, this time from Siri Feedback to Siri Responses, and renamed the Silent Mode option while keeping the fine print the same.

  • Always: Siri will always speak, even when silent mode is on.
  • When silent mode is off: Siri will speak when silent mode is off, when “Hey Siri” is used, or when connected to a Bluetooth or CarPlay device.
  • Only with “Hey Siri”: Siri will speak only when you use “Hey Siri” or when connected to a Bluetooth or CarPlay device.

On iOS 16.0 to iOS 16.1:

In iOS 16.0 to iOS 16.1, you will only see two options in Settings -> Siri & Search -> Siri Responses -> Spoken Responses:

  • Automatic: Siri will use the intelligence of the device to automatically determine when to speak.
  • Prefer spoken responses: Siri will speak when possible, even when silent mode is on.

The Automatic preference is a combination of the Always On and When Silent Mode is Off options from iOS 14.0 to iOS 15.7, or the Always On and Ring Switch Control options in iOS 13.7 and earlier. These were scaled down, likely to make your iPhone seem smarter, highlighting its powerful on-device intelligence that tracks your general routines and preferences.

However, some users have been experiencing issues where Siri will audibly respond to everything requested, and that’s probably a result of Auto mode not always getting it right.

On iOS 16.2 and later:

For those of you who are having trouble controlling Siri’s voice feedback, and for those of you who are completely confused about the changes, Apple has heard your feedback. There is now a third option in the iOS 16.2 update, which is still in beta testing. The three options now include the following:

  • Prefer silent answers: Siri will respond silently, except when it looks like you’re driving or using a headset with the screen off.
  • Automatic: Siri will use the intelligence of the device to automatically determine when to speak.
  • Prefer spoken responses: Siri will speak the answers, even when silent mode is on.

Will the new changes stick? Maybe, but I wouldn’t hesitate if Apple tweaked this setting again to be even more specific about what each option does.




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