How to Turn Off Siri Suggestions on iPhone or iPad

Introduction

Siri Suggestions is a feature that takes how you interact with everything on your Apple iPhone or iPad, and uses that information to give you customized suggestions for apps, contacts, maps and more when you search your device or use the Look Up feature. To do this, Apple collects some anonymous information about how you use your device. If you don’t like the idea of Apple collecting your data, or you just don’t like the Siri Suggestions feature, you can easily disable Siri Suggestions, either in a specific place or entirely. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Turn Off Siri Suggestions on iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap to launch the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad, and then select “Siri and Search” in the Settings menu. The Siri and Search screen will be displayed.
  2. Scroll down to the Siri Suggestions section. Tap the toggle to the right of any of the three toggles in this section to disable Siri Suggestions when using the search or look up features, or from being accessible on your iPhone or iPad’s lock screen. Alternatively, if you want to turn off Siri Suggestions completely, you can turn all three toggles off. Your changes will be effective immediately.

5 Reasons to Turn Off Siri Suggestions on iPhone or iPad

1. Privacy Concerns

Privacy is paramount. Users are increasingly wary about how their data is handled. Turning off Siri can alleviate concerns over unwanted data collection. It stops the device from possibly recording or storing voice inputs. Some worry about who has access to their data. They don’t want their conversations stored on servers or potentially accessed by third parties. By disabling Siri, users take a step towards securing their personal information. This action ensures their queries and commands remain private.

2. Data Usage and Battery Life

Disabling Siri can save on data usage and battery life. Siri often runs in the background, continually updating and learning from interactions. This process consumes battery power and uses mobile data. For those with limited data plans or older devices, keeping Siri turned off can be crucial. It helps extend battery longevity and reduce data consumption. This is especially important when traveling or in areas with poor connectivity. Users notice an improvement in device performance and availability when Siri is disabled.

3. Accidental Activation

Siri can sometimes be too helpful. Accidental activations occur when Siri misinterprets background noise as a command. This can be disruptive in meetings, during important calls, or in quiet environments like libraries. By turning Siri off, users prevent these interruptions. They ensure their device only responds when they want it to. This control over the device’s interactivity is a significant relief for many. It keeps their environments free from unexpected responses or actions from their iPhone or iPad.

4. Preference for Manual Control

Some users prefer the tactile experience of manually handling their devices. They find voice commands less reliable or slower than direct interaction. Typing out a search query or manually navigating apps can be faster. This is true especially for tech-savvy users or those familiar with iOS’s interface. Disabling Siri lets users engage with their device on their terms. It ensures a predictable, controlled experience. They enjoy using their knowledge of shortcuts and settings without relying on voice recognition.

5. Limited Utility in Certain Regions

Siri’s functionality varies greatly by region and language. In some areas, Siri offers limited services due to restrictions or lack of localization. Users in these regions might find Siri less helpful or even frustrating to use. Disabling Siri avoids these limitations. It spares users from trying to use features that aren’t fully supported. Turning off Siri in such scenarios is practical. It encourages users to seek alternative apps or services better tailored to their locale and needs.

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