www.makeuseof.com 16 Ways to Fix "Hey Siri" Not Working on Your iPhone

After enabling "Hey Siri," you can call the Apple voice assistant without pressing the iPhone Side or Home button. This makes it easy to summon Siri and get things done even when your device is out of reach.

If "Hey Siri" isn't working on your iPhone, the solutions mentioned here will help fix this issue.

Not All iPhones Are Compatible With "Hey Siri"

You can only use "Hey Siri" when your iPhone isn't charging with an iPhone 6S and later. That means if you have an iPhone model released in 2015 or later, you are good to go. These iPhones have low power always-on microphones that listen for the "Hey Siri" hot word and jump to action when you say those words.

However, if you're using an iPhone 6 or earlier, your device must be plugged in and charging for "Hey Siri" to work. The moment you unplug these old iPhones, you won't be able to call Siri with just your voice.

If you've got a compatible iPhone and "Hey Siri" still isn't working, the tips below should be able to fix it.

1. Make Sure "Hey Siri" Is Set Up Correctly by You

Before moving forward, take a moment to ensure you have turned on the "Hey Siri" feature. Here's how to do that:

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2. Don't Leave Your iPhone Face Down

When you keep the iPhone facing downwards on a table or bed, you can't call it by saying "Hey Siri." For this feature to work, make sure your iPhone screen is facing up.


If you want to use Siri when your iPhone is facing down or covered, go to Settings > Accessibility > Siri and enable the Always Listen for "Hey Siri" option.

3. Enable Bluetooth if You Have Multiple "Hey Siri" Devices

Do you have multiple devices nearby that work with "Hey Siri," like another iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, HomePod, or AirPods? If yes, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on these devices.

This is required because when you say "Hey Siri" around several supported devices, they all use Bluetooth to communicate with one another and decide which device should respond to your request. Usually, the device that heard your words the clearest, or the one which was recently used or raised (or unlocked), responds to your "Hey Siri" query.

4. Restart Your iPhone

When "Hey Siri" isn't working correctly, this can be due to a temporary glitch. The easiest way to fix this is by turning off your iPhone and turning it back on after a minute.

Related: How to Restart Any iPhone, Even if the Buttons Are Broken

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5. Remove the Case if It Blocks the Microphones

Are you using a case that might block your iPhone's microphones? Take a minute to check this. If you find that the microphone slots at the bottom of the device, next to the camera, or inside the top earpiece are blocked by the case, you should remove it.

Related: Hard vs. Soft Phone Cases: Which Protects Your Phone Better?

6. Clean the iPhone Microphone Grills

Carefully use a soft cloth to remove the dirt and other gunk from the microphone grills. Don't use any metal object like a needle or wire as these may cause serious damage.

7. Disconnect AirPods or Beats Headphones While Not Using Them

The following wireless earphones from Apple support "Hey Siri":

If you left your wireless headphones connected, and you aren't using them, your iPhone may not respond when you say "Hey Siri."

To address this, wear your headphones, put them in their case, or disconnect them from your iPhone. Now, say "Hey Siri," and you should be able to use Siri hands-free.

8. Check Siri's Language

Siri will respond correctly, and more often, when the language is set appropriately.

For example, if you're from India, make sure you choose English (India) as Siri's language. If you set English (US) or English (UK), Siri may not recognize and respond to you all the time due to differences in accent.

Here's how to set the correct Siri language to ensure "Hey Siri" works properly:

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9. Turn Off Low Power Mode

The "Hey Siri" feature works even when your iPhone is in Low Power Mode. But at times, due to extremely low battery or bugs, Low Power Mode may cause other problems. To fix this, go to Settings > Battery and turn off Low Power Mode. Hopefully, this will mean "Hey Siri" starts working again.

Related: What Does Your iPhone's Low Power Mode Do?

10. Disable and Re-Enable Siri

Another handy fix to solve Siri issues is to turn it off and then turn it back on again. Here's how to do that on your iPhone:

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11. Set Up "Hey Siri" Again in a Quiet Environment

If you completed the "Hey Siri" set up in a noisy environment, with high background sounds like a fan, AC, or noisy kids, it might cause errors with Siri failing to recognize the trigger words.

Go to Settings > Siri & Search and turn off Listen for "Hey Siri". Now, move to a quieter area, enable Listen for "Hey Siri", and follow its on-screen instructions to set it up again. Doing this will ensure the setup process catches your actual voice and thus works more efficiently.

12. Update Your iPhone

At times, features like "Hey Siri" may not work as intended due to new software bugs. The most reliable way to fix this is by installing the latest version of iOS on your iPhone.

13. Make Sure Your iPhone Isn't Stuck in Headphone Mode

In rare situations, your iPhone may think it's connected to headphones even though it isn't. When this happens, the on-device speakers and microphones may not work because your iPhone is trying to use your non-existent headphone speakers and microphones instead.

Here's how to fix an iPhone stuck in headphone mode. After getting out of headphone mode, "Hey Siri" should start working again.

14. Reset All Your iPhone Settings

When you reset your iPhone settings, personal data like music, apps, videos, photos remain as it is. However, all the settings you have ever changed, like VPN configuration, Wi-Fi passwords, Home Screen layouts, Keyboard settings, and more return to default.

Here's how to reset all your settings to fix "Hey Siri" issues on your iPhone:

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15. Ensure "Hey Siri" Is Available in Your Country

Siri (and by extension "Hey Siri") isn't available in all countries and regions. If you still can't use "Hey Siri," or don't see the option in Settings, head over to the official Apple Support page to check Siri's availability in your country.

16. Contact Apple Support and Get Your iPhone Inspected

Finally, if nothing else helps, contact Apple Support and get your device inspected. You can reach Apple via the Get Support website or on Twitter at @AppleSupport.

"Hey Siri" Makes Hands-Free Tasks Easy

By now, your iPhone should hear you say "Hey Siri" and respond accordingly. Once that happens, it becomes easy to set reminders, alarms, skip tracks, and more without raising a finger.

To get the most out of Siri, you should also learn about some of its handy commands to expand your usages.

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Ankur has been an Apple user for more than seven years and focuses on iPhone how-tos, fixes, and tips. When not writing, he likes to watch The Office repeatedly. Ankur also loves tech videos, comedy and romantic movies, old songs, pizza, and chicken.

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