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How to stop Siri from reading out messages

If you've got non-stop Siri announcements in your AirPods or Beats, there's a very quick fix.
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February 14, 2022

If you own AirPods or Beats headphones like a lot of iPhone and iPad owners, you may have opted into Siri announcing notifications for apps like Messages and Reminders. Here’s how to turn off Siri reading texts and other content if the feature is becoming intrusive — we’ll also cover how to stop Siri from reading texts on your Apple Watch.

Read more: How to connect Apple AirPods to an Android phone

QUICK ANSWER

To turn off Siri reading texts on your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app, and select Notifications. Tap Announce Notifications, then flip the toggle that appears. You can re-enable it the same way.


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How to stop Siri from reading messages on iPhone or iPad

It should be noted that Siri doesn’t announce notifications by default — you have to enable the feature, since Apple itself realizes that announcements can be annoying unless you need them. There are however times when iOS prompts you to make a decision, such as when pairing new AirPods or Beats products. It’s entirely possible to switch announcements on accidentally, or without realizing what the results will sound like.

Thankfully, there’s no big trick in how to turn off Siri reading texts. Open the Settings app, then select the Notifications submenu. Tap on Announce Notifications, and you be presented with a simple on/off toggle.

If you’ve paired an iPhone with CarPlay, you can optionally keep announcements on in your vehicle while disabling them in headphones, or vice versa. Simply leave Announce Notifications on, but toggle individual items off under Announce When Connected To.

How to stop Siri from reading texts on your Apple Watch

Generally speaking, any announcement settings changed on your iPhone should be reflected on your Apple Watch. There are times you might want to toggle settings directly on your Watch though, namely if you’ve got a cellular model and you’ve left your phone at home, or in the rare case iPhone settings aren’t syncing properly.

Here’s how to turn off Siri reading texts from your Apple Watch:

  • Press the Digital Crown once to access your apps.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Notifications.
  • Tap on Announce Notifications. You may have to scroll down a bit to find this.
  • Flip the toggle.

Like iPhones and iPads, Watches offer the ability to keep announcements active but toggle them on a per-app basis. We mention the option here because it’s probably most useful for Watch owners — arguably, the main purpose of any smartwatch is keeping phone interaction to a minimum. You might, say, want to hear texts from your partner during a gym session, but block everything else so you can focus.


Read more: The best Siri commands