How to use Siri offline on iPhone and iPad

Use Offline Siri in iOS 15

Apple revolutionized its virtual assistant game with the launch of iOS 15. Since then, the operating system has allowed Siri to assist you offline. After spending plenty of time with the new iOS 16, I’ve figured out a way to activate and use Siri offline.

In this detailed guide, let’s understand how to enable Siri and use some voice commands without the internet.

What is offline Siri?

With iOS 15, the offline mode in Siri was introduced for the first time, utilizing the native Bionic chip’s processing power. Siri can now understand and take action on what you say without needing an internet connection. So whether you’re in a patchy connection zone or flight mode, you can use Siri offline without waiting for it to load.

Apple has added more offline Siri commands with the introduction of iOS 16. They have also included some more useful commands in the Siri offline mode.

Which devices support Siri without the internet?

iOS 16 uses integrated neural cores on your iPhone to invoke Siri even when you are not connected to the internet.

It is a challenging task to provide human speech input to a computer. Considering this, Apple has capped its offline speech recognition to devices that have the A12 Bionic or newer chipset.  

Here’s the list of iPhones that support Siri offline speech recognition:  

  • iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max  
  • iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max 
  • iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max  
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max 
  • iPhone SE 2020, SE 2022
  • iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR 

Besides iPhones, we can also use Siri in offline mode on these iPads:

  • iPad Mini (5th Gen) 
  • iPad Air (3rd and 4th Gen) 
  • iPad (8th Gen) 
  • iPad Pro (2017 and later) 

As we know, Siri’s offline support was introduced in iOS 15, and iOS 15 has been rolled out to almost every supported device. Although some of these advanced features are introduced in iOS 16, basic offline capabilities should work fine on all of the above-mentioned devices. 

Now that we know the basic requirements for Siri to work Offline then, let’s learn how to set up Siri to work offline: 

How to enable offline Siri on iPhone

  1. Open Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap Siri & Search
    Note: Offline Siri currently works only with English (United States). However, support for more languages will be added soon. 
  3. Select Language → English (United States).

    Setting English US as a preferred language for Siri on an iPhone
  4. Go back to the Siri & Search menu.
  5. Toggle on Listen for “Hey Siri.” 
  6. Now, go to Siri Responses and toggle on both Always Show Siri Captions and Always Show Speech.

    Steps to enable offline Siri on iPhone

Note: While setting up offline Siri, you will need to use an internet connection once so that it may download the language pack required to start recognizing the speech input. 

Things you can do with Siri offline commands

As expected, Siri can’t perform web searches or any other tasks that may require an internet connection when offline. But, there are a lot of things you can ask Siri to do when you don’t have an internet connection.

1. Simpler shortcuts

With the offline mode in Siri, you can activate some of the shortcuts present on your iPhone. However, this feature is limited to iPhones. You can invoke this by saying something like, “Hey Siri, run the shortcuts.”

Try: ‘Hey Siri, run shortcut [shortcut’s name]’

2. Emoji in text

Now, with Siri, you can dictate and send text messages offline. The fun part is you can actually dictate emojis as well. 

Try: ‘Hey Siri, send text to [contact name] with a coffee emoji’

Sending Emoji with Text via Siri offline commands

3. Hang up calls

You can also hang up the call using the Siri voice command. Siri command to hang up the call is also built so that it can be used offline. This feature is introduced in iOS 16 along with many more features.  

Try: ‘Hey Siri, hang up the call’

4. Automatic message sending

You can set up a message-sending schedule, wherein Siri can automatically send the desired message at a scheduled time.

5. Set timers and alarms

You can also set the times and alarms without connecting to the network using Siri offline commands.  

Try: ‘Hey Siri, set timer for five minutes’

Setting Timer with offline Siri on an IPhone

6. Change theme on your iPhone

Change themes between dark and light modes using Siri commands. It was recently introduced with the launch of iOS 16 and was designed in a way where it can work offline.   

Try: ‘Hey Siri, change theme to dark mode’

Switching to Dark Mode on an IPhone using Siri offline commands

7. Launch apps, control music or call someone

This isn’t the end of the list. There’s a lot more that we can perform with Siri on iPhones and iPad – without an internet connection! We need to keep exploring as Apple keeps on adding new commands and features to the same along with updates.  

Try: ‘Hey Siri, open Apple Music’

Conclusion

The offline mode in Siri is a very amazing implementation. Apple has made the hands-free experience much easier. I am sure Apple will add more features to Siri’s offline mode with every new update. To find out what more Siri can do, you can read some of our extensive blogs.

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