How to turn off the voice control feature on any iPhone model

It's easy to turn off voice control on an iPhone.

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It’s easy to turn off voice control on an iPhone.
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  • You can turn off voice control on your iPhone by disabling it outright, or replacing it with Siri.
  • Voice control is a useful feature that lets you compose texts, turn on music, and more using your iPhone’s microphone.
  • The way you turn off voice control on your iPhone will depend on what iPhone model you have: an iPhone 8 Plus and earlier, or an iPhone X and later.
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Voice control technology has helped to make life – especially the business and other tasks we conduct on our phones – a lot easier.

From helping you compose emails and texts hands-free to calling people on your contact list or even asking Siri for directions while out and about, the feature can make getting things done on-the-go faster, simpler, and much more convenient.

However, not everyone is fond of voice control or finds it useful. Should you be in the latter group, disabling voice control on your iPhone is a simple process that can be completed in just a few clicks.

The process differs slightly depending on if you have an iPhone X and later model, or an iPhone 8 and earlier, but both methods are easy to accomplish. Here’s how to do both.

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How to turn off voice control on an iPhone 8 or earlier model

1. Locate the “Settings” app icon on your iPhone’s home screen and tap it.

2. Once on the Settings screen, scroll down until you see the “General” option and tap it to reveal a list of customization options.

3. On the “General” screen, scroll until you find the “Accessibility” option and press it.

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Tap “Accessibility” under your “General” settings.
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4. Choose the “Home Button” option within “Accessibility.”

5. On the “Home Button” screen, under “Press and hold to speak,” you have the option to select whether pressing and holding the home button activates Siri or Voice Control or whether it does nothing at all.

Configure your voice control feature with the options under the

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Configure your voice control feature with the options under the “Press and hold to speak” header.
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6. If you wish to keep Siri active but disable Voice Control, click “Siri” so that a check mark appears beside that option. If you wish to disable both Voice Control and Siri, click “Off” and a check mark should appear beside it. You’ve now disabled Voice Control on your iPhone 8 or earlier.

How to turn off voice control on an iPhone X or later

The iPhone X Voice Control feature is activated via the side button rather than the home button.

1. To access the relevant menu, locate the “Settings” app icon on your iPhone’s home screen and press it.

2. Next, scroll down and tap “Accessibility.”

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Open the “Accessibility menu.
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3. On the “Accessibility” screen, scroll down to look for the “Side Button” option and tap it.

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Open the “Side Button” menu.
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4. On the “Side Button” screen, under “Press and hold to speak,” you have the option to select whether pressing and holding the home button activates Siri or Voice Control or whether it does nothing at all.

5. If you want to keep Siri active but disable Voice Control, click “Siri” so that a check mark appears beside that option. If you want to disable both Voice Control and Siri, click “Off” and a check mark should appear beside it.

There are three options for what holding your side button should do.

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There are three options for what holding your side button should do.
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If you later decide that either Siri or Voice Control features would be useful to you, you can easily enable them again by accessing the same menu and clicking so that the check button appears next to the feature you wish to use.

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