How to make Siri wait longer to respond in iOS 16 on iPhone

An iPhone screen having Siri icon while listening to the user command

Siri is Apple’s default voice assistant. But it isn’t the best voice assistant by a wide margin and has several drawbacks. Among many, Siri not waiting long enough for users to complete talking and coming up with answers is one that frustrates users.  

While there is a workaround to this issue, Apple has developed a solution for iPhone and iPad with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, respectively. The Siri pause time can be manually increased and set to a waiting period of your choice. In this article, I’ve explained two methods to set Siri to wait longer.

Press and hold the Home/Power button longer

You can activate Siri through voice commands or by pressing and holding the Home/Power button on iPhones. Please note that those using iPhones with a Home button won’t be able to invoke Siri with the Power button.

While this might not be the most convenient method, it works. Our issue, where Siri starts working on results before you have completed your sentence, can be solved through this method.  

All you have to do is Press and hold the Home/Power button and not let go until you’ve dictated your entire command or query.  

Siri activated by pressing and holding home or power button

The next time you want to ask Siri something and have the luxury of holding your device, you can follow these steps. However, if you’re on iOS 16 and hate using physical buttons to activate a “voice assistant,” head to the next section.  

Set Siri to wait longer in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

Enabling a hands-free experience is the primary purpose of voice assistants. And every time you want to interact with a voice assistant, in our case Siri, doing it by relying on touch doesn’t make the utmost sense. That is the reason we have voice commands to activate Siri.  

Until now, you had to rely on the previous method to increase the pause time of Siri. But thanks to Apple listening to customers, it now has introduced a setting with iOS 16 that lets you increase the pause time of Siri. And here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to Accessibility.
  3. Scroll down and tap Siri under General.  
  4. Under Siri Pause Time, you can choose from Default, Longer, or Longest. The Default setting offers the lowest pause time, and you’re better off selecting from Longer or Longest based on your needs.  
Steps highlighted to change Siri wait time in iPhone Accessibility settings

Once you’ve made the necessary changes, you no longer have to worry about Siri responding before you’ve completed your sentence.  

FAQs

Q. How do I get Siri to talk slower? 

To get Siri to respond or talk slower, follow these steps, Open Settings → Accessibility → Spoken Content → Adjust the Speaking Rate slider per your preference. Not everyone might like the speed at which Siri talks back, especially if the default language of your iPhone/Siri is not your first language.  

Finally, someone who lets you speak without interrupting halfway 

Whenever you want to ask a very long question, ensure to use the “press and hold Home/Power button” option, as you can activate Siri for the exact time you want it to listen to you. If you have any other questions regarding this, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.  

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