How to Stop iPhone Side Button from Unintentionally Activating Siri

How to Stop iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR Side Button from Unintentionally Activating Siri

Many a time, I used to inadvertently activate Siri on my new iPhone Xs Max by pressing and holding the side button. Hence, I prefer using only voice to invoke the personal assistant. Apart from fixing this little mess, the trick also allows me to slightly lessen the burden of the button. If you are also in the same boat as mine, stop the side button from accidentally activating Siri on your iPhone.

At any time you may want to return to the default option, you will be able to do it without any hassle. To get it done, run through the following steps!

How to Prevent iPhone Side Button from Accidentally Invoking Siri

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone → Now, tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone X

Step #2. Next, tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility in iPhone X Settings

Step #3. Next up, scroll down and tap on Side Button.

Tap on Side Button in iPhone X Accessibility Settings

Step #4. Under Press and Hold to Speak, select Off.

Prevent iPhone X Side Button from Accidentally Invoking Siri

That’s it!

Henceforth, the personal assistant won’t be triggered whenever you press and hold the side button on your iPhone.

If you ever want it back, follow the same steps and select Siri in the end.

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There is also a way to customize the click speed of the side button. If you find the physical button not working properly or a bit less responsive, adjusting the click speed could make it work better.

In the absence of the Home button, the sleep/wake button has been assigned to carry out several functionalities like activating emergency SOS, rebooting and more.

Personally; I’ve found it up to the task. With the option to add a virtual Home button at the disposal and the quick gestures working so smoothly, I don’t have any issues.

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