If Siri is not working on your Apple Watch, you are missing on a variety of great functions. From sending instant messages to finding something interesting, Siri can manage all this and more. The issue could be due to quite a few reasons. For instance, it could be because of poor Wi-Fi connection or a miscellaneous bug. If you ever find Siri not responding or just don’t seem to function at all, follow these solutions to troubleshoot it.
How to Fix Siri Not Working on Apple Watch
- Check If Siri is Turned ON
- Check the Internet Connection
- Turn Airplane Mode ON & OFF
- Turn OFF and ON Siri
- Force Restart your Watch
- Check Microphone or Speaker for Any Blockings
- Check Language & Region Settings
- Reset Dictation
- Update WatchOS
- Unpair and pair your Watch With iPhone
#1. Check If Siri is Turned ON
Before we move along and troubleshoot the issue, check if the “Hey Siri” feature is enabled on iPhone or Apple Watch or not.
On the iPhone, open Settings → Siri & Search → Toggle on Listen for Hey Siri. Your Apple Watch mirrors the paired iPhone, so the setting will automatically turn on.
#2. Check the Internet Connection
Internet connectivity can hamper the performance of Siri. So, it’s wise to check the internet on your Apple Watch and the paired iPhone. Additionally, check the connection between your iPhone and Apple Watch.
To troubleshoot, turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi from the Control Center. After some while, reconnect and check if the issue is resolved.
#3. Turn Airplane Mode ON & OFF
Airplane mode can help you reset network settings. In doing so, the watch might automatically correct the issue.
- On your watch face, swipe up to invoke Control Center
- Tap on Airplane mode to enable it. The tab turns orange, indicating that Airplane Mode is now active.
- After a few minutes, turn off Airplane Mode
#4. Turn OFF and ON Siri
If Siri is not responding on Apple Watch, a setting reset might help. The idea is to turn off Siri, force restarts the device, and then turn on Siri. Let’s start with the Apple Watch first:
- Open the Settings app on your Watch
- Tap on Siri.
- Toggle off the switch beside Hey Siri.
- Now, restart your Apple Watch.
Note: Press and hold the side button until Power Off slider appears on the screen. Drag the slider to turn off your device. After watch turns off, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears
- Go to Settings → Siri → Hey Siri
- Toggle On the switch
Once done, check if Hey Siri is responding to your command or not. If not, try doing the reset from your iPhone.
Go to iPhone Settings app → Siri & Search → Turn off Listen for Hey Siri → force reboot.
Once the device restarts, Settings → Siri & Search → Turn on Listen for Hey Siri.
#5. Force Restart your Watch
Sometimes a hard reset is all you need to fix some miscellaneous bugs. All you have to do is just hold the digital crown and the side button for 10 seconds at the same time to force restart Apple Watch.
#6. Check Microphone or Speaker For Any Blockings
It might be the case that your protective case or something might be blocking the microphone or speaker. Remove the obstacle and try giving Siri a command. If Siri is still not working, try the next steps in the list.
#7. Check Language & Region Settings
First and foremost, check and ensure Siri’s language setting. If everything is in order, then the issue could be caused due to different language & region settings of Siri on your iPhone and Apple Watch.
So, check, manage, and change the setting accordingly. For iPhone’s setting, open Settings → General → Language & Region → iPhone Language.
As for Apple Watch’s setting, open the Watch App on your iPhone → My Watch → General → Language & Region → System Language.
While usually, Apple Watch mirrors these settings from the iPhone. There are chances that they don’t match, causing Siri to not respond on Apple Watch. If all is well here and the problem persists, skip to the next solution.
#8. Reset Dictation
When you see the indicator of Siri on the screen but can’t listen to what the personal assistant speaks, or it doesn’t seem to speak, follow through this quick solution:
- Open Settings and select General.
- Scroll down and tap on Keyboard.
- Toggle off Enable Dictation.
- After a few minutes, toggle on Enable Dictation.
This should solve the problem if Siri were not able to hear you or recognize speech correctly.
#9. Update WatchOS
Apple often offers bug fixes in its latest updates. If an update is available, it could easily fix the issue seamlessly.
Make sure you have already updated your paired iPhone to the latest version of iOS. Also, ensure the watch is on its charger and is at least 50 percent charged.
- Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and keep the iOS device next to your watch
- On your iPhone, launch the Watch app → My Watch tab → General → Software Update.
- Now, download the update. When asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter it
Keep the smartwatch on its charger until the update is completed successfully. Also, if you prefer, you can update your Apple Watch directly.
#10. Unpair and pair your Watch with iPhone
If nothing else works, unpairing and repairing the watch with your iPhone might do the trick. Don’t worry about the data as the iPhone will backup before unpairing.
To unpair, launch the Watch App on the iPhone and go to My Watch tab. Tap the ‘i’ icon → Unpair Apple Watch.
Now, Enter Apple ID password and Tap on Unpair.
After the backup, Apple Watch will automatically disconnect from your iOS device. Then, it will be restored to factory settings. Now simply, pair the device back to your iPhone. Once pairing is complete check if Siri is working.
Have these solutions worked for you in fixing Siri not working issue on Apple Watch? Let us know that in the comments below. Just in case none of those above solutions have worked for you, contact Apple for help.
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