How To Disable Voice Control On Your iPhone

Although Voice Control can be very useful, a common complaint we often get involves accidental ‘pocket’ voice dialing. Some people may also find this feature annoying. Therefore, you may want to turn it off.

You can use Voice Control or Siri. Voice Control can be activated by pressing and holding the Home button, only if Siri is turned off. This means that if you are using Siri, you cannot use Voice Control.

Voice Control lets you make phone and FaceTime calls and control music playback by speaking into the phone’s built-in microphone.

 

iOS voice control

Here is how to disable Voice Control on your iPhone:

Option # 1

1.The first thing you need to do is to set a passcode. You may have done this before. If you have not already, do this.

  • If you are using an iPhone 5s or later, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. If you are using a device without Touch ID (e.g., iPhone 4), go to Settings > Passcode

passcode set up on iPhone

  • Tap “Turn Passcode On”
  • Enter a passcode. This passcode is important. Do not forget it. You will now need this passcode when you (a) turn on your device (b) update your device (c) erase your device etc.

2.Now go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > and enter your new passcode then tap Voice Dial and disable Voice Dial.

turn off voice dial

Please note that Music Voice Control is always enabled this only turns off Voice Dialing.

Option # 2

You may also try this method. This method involves turning on Siri. Here is how:

1.Turn Siri on by going to Settings > General > Siri and toggle Siri on. Enabling Siri disables Voice Control. However Siri can also make accidental phone calls. To prevent this, you need to enable passcode (see option # 1).

2.Now go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, In the “Allow Access When Locked” section, toggle off Siri.

turn off Siri from locked screen

This means that to be able to use Siri, you have to enter your passcode thus it will prevent making accidental ‘pocket’ phone calls while your iPhone is in your pocket or handbag.

Voice Control is also available on iPod touch. You may use these methods if you want to disable Voice Control on your iPod touch also.

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52 thoughts on “How To Disable Voice Control On Your iPhone”

  1. I hated android. It now that I went iPhone all I can say is iMess 6 went bad with system 10, switched to 7 and the phone erased years of “progress”. I just warfed my phone into the gulf. Just fired up new android.

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  2. This is a joke! Can’t believe Apple of all companies would do something this stupid. I’ve made random calls all the time because of this *BUG*
    Happy with the phone but this is the first strike against buying another iPhone in future.

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  3. I can’t stand the voice control option I don’t want it nor does my husband apple really needs to fix it so thAT the phones owner can disable both voice control AND SIRI

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  4. I hate just iphone Due to voice control..Its makes just clashes in my life too
    ***ck iphone..i try it first time and just waste my money
    Samsung is Best as always

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  5. Voice Control and Siri are both a PITA.
    Apple need to provide an update which enables the BOTH to be deactivated or even better removed. NOW !

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  6. How do I remove Siri and voice control? I don’t want them and it keeps meaning my phone is locked and I can’t get phone calls or texts – grrr if this does not get fixed I will not buy an iphone again!

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  7. I have this same issue. I did the fix in this article and it MADE ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE. If there really is no fix then this is enough to consider switching phones

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