Most people have forgotten that Voice Control is a feature in iOS that lets you do a few things like make calls, play songs etc. Of course, this is thanks to Siri taking care of all that and doing a far better job than Voice Control.
But if your iPhone/iPad is not connected to the internet, Siri is absolutely useless. And if you rely on voice commands quite a lot, Siri going down this way could be anti-productive. There’s one alternative: what if you could get access to Voice Control when Siri is offline?
Assistant Unrestrictor Cydia Tweak Allows You To Access Voice Control Instead of Siri on iPhone/iPad
Voice Control is not as powerful as Siri is. But basic commands like making calls, sending messages, playing a song, FaceTime etc. are completely doable through Voice Control. In those aspects, it’s the same as Siri.
But there’s a problem.
Apple designed iOS 7 in a way that prevents you from switching on Voice Control without turning off Siri completely. Actually, the only way to turn on Voice Control is to turn off Siri from Settings → General → Siri.
That’s where the new tweak “Assistant Unrestrictor” comes in. This Cydia tweak monitors for web/data connectivity and will toggle between Siri or Voice Control based on whether your iPhone is connected to the internet or not.
As such, there’s not a lot of people who are going to need this because not many rely on Voice Control. There are very few instances when your iPhone is completely off the internet grid. But if you prefer the voice-way of handling things on your iPhone no matter what the status of connectivity is, Assistant Unrestrictor is a must-have.
Assistant Unrestrictor does not have any options to configure. It is triggered when you try to long-press the home button (the usual way of accessing Siri). It checks to see if there’s an active data connection and if there isn’t, instead of opening Siri, the tweak will open Voice Control.
It’s a free tweak from the BigBoss repo.