iOS 17.4: How to set Siri to read messages in different languages

Written By Vikhyat Rishi Reviewed By How-to 3 Min Read
How to get Siri to read messages in another language on iPhone

With iOS 17.4, Apple added support to make Siri read your messages in languages other than its primary language. This new Siri feature further enhances the user experience by breaking down the language barrier and offering a practical solution for users receiving texts in varied languages.

So, if you are someone who communicates in multiple languages, this feature is bound to excite you. Without further ado, let’s set Siri to read messages in different languages on your iPhone. 

Languages supported by Siri for messages on iPhone

Here’s the complete list of languages in which Siri can read messages on your iPhone:

  • Arabic 
  • Chinese (Cantonese – Hong Kong) 
  • Chinese (Mandarin – China mainland) 
  • Chinese (Mandarin – Taiwan) 
  • Danish 
  • Dutch (Netherlands) 
  • Finnish 
  • French (Canada) 
  • French (France) 
  • German (Germany) 
  • Hebrew 
  • Italian (Italy) 
  • Japanese 
  • Korean 
  • Malay 
  • Norwegian Bokmål 
  • Portuguese (Brazil) 
  • Russian 
  • Spanish (Mexico) 
  • Spanish (Spain) 
  • Thai 
  • Turkish 

How to set ‌Siri‌ to read incoming messages in another language in iOS 17.4

If you are someone who receives messages in multiple languages, this new Siri feature will be handy. You can ask Siri to read out your messages while you are busy working.

But first, you need to enable the feature from iPhone Settings. Here’s how it is done:

  1. Open Settings → Head to Siri & Search
  2. Scroll down and pick Messaging with Siri under the Ask Siri section.
    Tap Messaging with Siri under Siri and Search on iPhone 
  3. Now, tap Add Language → Choose an option from the available list. 
  4. Wait for the language to download. Interestingly, you can select multiple languages, one after the other.
  5. Once the download is complete, you can tap the Language and optionally choose an option from the Variety and Voice options.
    Set ‌Siri‌ to read incoming messages in different languages on iPhone 

How to remove a language from Messaging with Siri on iPhone

There may come an instance when you no longer want Siri to read incoming messages in a different or particular foreign language. In that case, removing a language is pretty straightforward. 

  1. Go to SettingsSiri & SearchMessaging with Siri.
  2. Now, swipe left on the Language you want to remove. 
  3. Tap Delete.
    To remove language from Messaging with Siri on iPhone 

Let Siri do the talking!

And that’s pretty much it! This is all you need to know about making Siri read messages in multiple languages on your iPhone. With time, Apple will likely add more languages to the list. Keep watching this space, as I will update the languages as and when announced.

If you have any further questions about this feature, please drop them below. I’ll be happy to respond. 

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Vikhyat has a bachelor's degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering and over five years of writing experience. His passion for technology and Apple products led him to the tech writing space, where he specializes in writing App features, How-to guides, and troubleshooting guides for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on his MacBook Pro, he loves exploring the real world.
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