To Make Siri Hear You, Find Out The Underlying Problem
Siri’s mic stops working for several reasons. Maybe you didn’t fully activate Siri, or the speaker on your iPhone / iPad isn’t working. We outline all the possible reasons, along with the solutions below.
Reason 1: You Didn’t Activate Siri
Say you were able to access Siri from the Home button, but now you cannot? Then make sure you have either Siri or Hey Siri fully activated.
Steps to activate Siri: From your iOS device, go to Settings -> General -> Siri and toggle the switch.
Reason 2: Remove Earphones From The Connector
If you have earphones or headphones plugged into your iPhone / iPad, then remove it, and restart your device. Now try to activate Siri to see if it can hear your sound.
Reason 3: Change Siri’s Low Volume
First, make sure your iPhone / iPad is on the highest volume possible. You can do this by “+”ing the volume buttons. When that is done, launch Siri and as it opens, press the same volume button again. This will unmute and increase Siri’s volume.
Note: If the volume is already on the maximum side, and you know it, then this solution is pointless – in which case the next reason/solution might help.
Reason 4: Your Front Speaker Is Damaged
This is the most common case. Front speaker of your iPhone / iPad is probably damaged. Even if you are in hands free mode, Siri will never acknowledge your voice! So check if your front speaker is damaged or not.
Tip: How to Find Out If Your Front Speaker Is Damaged?
Here is a great little tip I found on the Internet that will tell you whether Siri’s microphone is working or not.
Note that every iPhone and iPad has a microphone on the back of the device, and one at the bottom. So if you are using apps like Google Now, your device will use the microphone speaker located on the back. Same is the case with Voice Memos app.
For Siri, the bottom microphone is used. Even for Facetime, where we use front camera for streaming live, the bottom microphone is used.
Now you can use all these data to find out whether the front speaker / microphone is damaged or not. Just do the following:
- Open Facetime. Record a video with you speaking. Then play this recorded video. If the sound is audible to you, then the front speaker is not damaged.
If in any case the sound is not audible, then the front mic / speaker is dead. And that is why Siri will only show you voice waves and a blank screen without picking up your voice. This is a clear case of hardware failure. To solve this, you have to get the front mic replaced from the Apple Store.