Hey Siri not working on iPhone? 7 Ways to fix it!

How to Fix Siri Not Working on iPhone or iPad

Siri is one of the smartest virtual assistants available and a major reason why we love the iPhone. When activated by the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command, it listens and responds to everything you say, and can even have a sense of humor.  Unfortunately, Siri doesn’t always run problem-free. If you’re facing the issue of Hey Siri not working on your iPhone running iOS 16, here’s how to fix it with a few different methods. Try out each one and see what works for you.

  1. Restart ‘Hey Siri’ on iPhone
  2. Restart your device
  3. Reset Network settings
  4. Update iOS
  5. Change Dictation settings on iPhone
  6. Clean the microphone
  7. Contact Apple Support

1. Restart ‘Hey Siri’ on iPhone

  1. Go to Settings → Siri & Search.
  2. Toggle off the Listen for “Hey Siri” switch and wait for about 15 seconds. Then, turn it on again and check if Hey Siri is working properly.

    Turn On Hey Siri on iPhone

2. Restart your device

Sometimes, simply rebooting your phone can fix the issues.

On iPhone 8 or later, press and release the volume up button → press and release the volume down button → press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8

To reboot an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, press and hold the Volume down and Power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

On iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, or earlier iPhones, press and hold the Home button and Power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

3. Reset Network settings

  1. Go to Settings → General → Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  2. Now, tap Reset → Reset Network Settings. Enter your passcode, then tap Reset Network Settings again to confirm.
  3. You’ll need to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network and then check if Siri responds. If it still isn’t working, move on to the next methods.

    Reset Network settings on iPhone and iPad

4. Update iOS

  1. Go to Settings → General.
  2. Tap Software Update → Download and Install (If an update is available.)

    Open Settings Tap on General and Tap on Software Update on iPhone

5. Change Dictation settings on iPhone

If you already have the latest version of iOS installed, there’s a possibility that Siri might not be responding due to dictation not working on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Tap Settings → General.
  2. Scroll down to Keyboard.

    Launch Settings Tap on General and Then Tap on Keyboard
  3. Toggle off Enable Dictation.
  4. Now, wait for about 15 seconds, and toggle it back on again.

    Turn Off and ON Dictation on iPhone

6. Clean the microphone

Perhaps you find Siri not responding because it can’t hear you properly! Ensure that nothing is blocking the microphone of your iPhone or iPad. Clean off any dirt using cotton swabs. If you have isopropyl alcohol, it’s safe to use a bit on the cotton swabs to loosen any debris that may be blocking the microphone.

7. Contact Apple Support

If you continue to face a problem after trying these tips, it may be a good idea to get your phone checked out by Apple Support.

Wrapping up…

We hope one of these tips helped you fix Siri not working on your iPhone or iPad. Let us know what worked for you in the comments below. 

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Marcus is a freelance tech writer/editor with a focus on succinctly explaining consumer devices and their software. His previous work has been published on MakeUseOf where he covered everything from iOS to Git and UI design.


  1. After loading the latest upgrade to my iphone 10 the Hey siri function has stopped
    working. I have tried all of the fixes described in the geeksblog.
    Any suggestions?

    1. Hi there, let’s figure this out. Are you still running the latest version of iOS? If you’ve already looked through your Settings and restarted your iPhone, that’d be the first thing I’d look at (iOS update).

      If, after making sure you have the latest iOS version, Hey Siri still doesn’t work, I’d test that your microphone works — give someone a call and ask if you sound muffled. If they can hear you clearly and you’re sure your microphone isn’t blocked by lint or debris, you’re probably looking at a Factory Reset (we have an article on the topic).

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