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Answered: Siri’s Tone & Sound Effects on iPhone / iPad

Last updated: August 24, 2015 at 22:36 pm

siri-sound-effectsWant to learn all about Siri’s sound function? Let’s say you find Siri’s voice robotic, don’t like the default sound that comes out of Siri’s “mouth” and you want to change it, or add a different layer of audio effect?

Probably add bits of your favorite song? Then this article should help. Consider this as the ultimate Siri FAQs where we try to answer all the basic and advanced sound related questions you have.

Basic Siri Sound Q&A:

Question: How can I make Siri’s voice smooth? It is really bad and sounds robotic.
Answer: If you find the voice is robotic and rough, then you need to change the country / language. Go to General -> Siri -> Language. Select the language you prefer.

If this still doesn’t solve the voice issue, head over to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Speak Selection -> Voices -> English.

Question: I am a female, and I don’t like Siri’s male voice. How can I change that?
Answer: You can easily switch from male to female (or vice versa) from the Voice Gender option available in Siri.

Go to General -> Siri -> Voice Gender. Select Male or Female.

Question: Do we have any unique Siri command worth knowing?
Answer: Yes, The Verge has posted a list of commands you can ask Siri and it will answer with a weird, strange and sometimes funny sound. For ex: You can ask Siri to “play the sound of farts” (response from Siri will surprise you).

Here is the entire list:

  • Play the sound of a running river
  • Play the sound of a crackling fire
  • Play the sound of crickets
  • Play frog sounds
  • Play horn sounds
  • Play the sound of dogs barking
  • Play the sound of cat meowing
  • Play the sound of farts
  • Play the sound of a chipmunk laugh
  • Play the sound of an applause
  • Play the sound of a crowd booing
  • Play the sound of a footsteps
  • Play the sound of a heartbeat
  • Play the sound of a laser
  • Play the sound of bees buzzing
  • Play the sound of a space computer
  • Play the sound of a shattered glass
  • Play the sound of a pain
  • Play the sound of the ocean
  • Play the sound of the space
  • Play the sound of silence

Advanced Siri Sound Q&A:

Question: How to stop Siri from making sound even when my Apple iPhone or iPad is in silent mode?
Answer: This is a very common problem that Apple doesn’t answer. What you can do is launch Siri by pressing the Home button (yes, this will make noise).

Next, use the volume button from the iOS device to bring down the volume. This will reduce Siri’s tone. You can mute Siri by setting the volume to zero.

Question: How can I permanently mute Siri’s tone?
Answer: This is only for jailbroken devices. You need to download NoAnnoyance tweak, which will stop Siri from making that beep sound.

Follow these steps to install NoAnnoyance: Open Cydia -> add and then search “NoAnnoyance.” Note that this will disable Siri’s sound permanently. To enable it, you have to disable / uninstall the tweak.

Question: How to access Siri’s sound section from device?
Answer: This is only for jailbroken devices. The path of Siri’s audio is located under /System/Library/Audio/UISounds.

You can use tools like iFile of Filza to access this path.

Question: How can I replace Siri’s annoying sound with nothing?
Answer: This is only for jailbroken devices. First, go ahead and download this file. It is a ZIP file containing another file inside (with .CAF extension).

Unzip this file, copy the .CAF file and place it under the Siri’s sound path (as mentioned above).

Please note that we recommend you to rename the original file or save it as a backup on your computer.

Question: How to add new sound effects or any song as Siri’s default tone?
Answer: This is only for jailbroken devices. You have to follow the process outlined in the last two answers. First, you will have to search for music that has CAF/WMA extension, then place this music into Siri’s UISounds path.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware