Because not everyone wants a virtual assistant.
Personal assistants like Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa have somehow become a part of everyday lives thanks to its deeper integration with gadgets. But not everyone is happy with it – some of my friends, for example, are die-hard Apple fans, but ultimately hate Siri since they say it can barely do anything.
To be fair, Siri has improved since it was introduced with the iPhone 4S in 2011, but admittedly there are still some who aren’t used to having a random digital assistant talking to them on their iPhone.
The good thing about Siri is that it’s a completely optional feature that you can turn off (unlike Samsung’s Bixby). If you hate Siri’s guts and would want to disable it, here are the steps that you must do:
1. On your iPhone, head on to Settings
2. Once inside the Settings menu, select Siri & Search
3. Inside Siri & Search, you can turn off the three main functions that enable Siri: Listen for ‘Hey Siri, Press Home for Siri and Allow Siri When Locked. Once you turn them all off a final confirmation to turn off Siri will appear. Select that to permanently disable Siri.
Note that the same process is done on iPads. The directions above are for iOS devices running iOS 11 and above. Disabling Siri would also disable the Dictation function on your keyboard.
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