Take a quick second and picture this:
You’re listening to your favorite songs or audiobooks, and everything is going smoothly enough.
While plugging your headphones in to further immerse yourself, you suddenly hear a beep- and Siri suddenly comes on!
Does this sound familiar?
If you’re here wondering, “Why does Siri keep coming on when I have headphones in?” We’re here to help.
There are various reasons as to why Siri might suddenly appear (and cut the audio off with her arrival).
These can include:
- The phone mistakenly detecting a command
- Software glitches
- Accidentally or unintentionally pressing the Home or side buttons (even though you swear you didn’t!)
We’ve added some easy fixes in this article that should help you to resolve this problem quickly- so read on!
Siri is a built-in voice assistant present on Apple devices, capable of helping the user with a variety of simple (as well as surprisingly complex) tasks.
She (it?) utilizes the internet and Apple internal databases to gather information on a considerable scale.
Additionally, you can use this feature on any Apple device whether it’s an iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, or iPad.
Siri can also access all of the built-in applications and perform associated tasks on your device (such as setting alarms for future dates)- which is pretty convenient, as you might imagine!
This issue is actually pretty common, and many users have reported that Siri keeps becoming activated when headphones are connected- especially when they’re moving around.
This can occur due to the presence of potential factors such as:
- Unintentionally/accidentally pressing the Home button or side button.
- Your phone is assuming that you’ve given a command to activate Siri.
- A potential software error that induces Siri to appear more frequently.
Additionally, other possible reasons can include faulty headphones or headphone ports.
Other than that, there’s also a chance of a hardware glitch being present. This glitch may activate the home or side button- and in turn activate Siri.
Once you’re aware of the possible causes that can potentially activate Siri, it becomes easier then to solve the issue and to prevent further problems from occurring in the future.
Below is a detailed instructional guide on how you can check on your headphones, and whether they’re the sole reason that Siri is activating again and again!
One of the quickest and easiest fixes is simply to disable Siri. This will ensure that the AI personal assistant won’t pop up to deactivate your audio device in the near future!
In order to disable Siri, follow the below steps:
- Go to Settings on your iPhone.
- Click on the two toggles below “Ask Siri” to disable it.
However, if you don’t want to disable your own personal artificially-intelligent assistant, there are other ways to fix this issue. Keep reading!
If you think that your headphones are inadvertently causing Siri’s activation, follow the below steps:
- Check and clean the headphones jack by CAREFULLY using a thin wire or paperclip.
- Clean your headphones.
- Check the wire connected near to the jack. This area is particularly sensitive and wears out quickly if not handled properly.
- Disable your microphone. Different sounds or other activities may activate Siri through your microphone.
- Finally, check if the jack plug is faulty.
First things first, clean your headphones. Make sure there’s enough light to carry out the inspection properly. You can even use your phone’s torch, in a pinch!
Once you have ample lighting, check your headphones for any dirt particles.
If you do come across any traces of dirt, clear it out immediately. Make sure to be extra cautious while doing so as to not scratch or destroy the inside of the port.
Now, check the equipment to see if it’s working or not. Check the cable of the headphones, and listen to whether there’s any distorted sound.
If you find any disturbance in the sound quality, double-check with another set of headphones.
If those work well, your original headphones may be the reason why Siri appears frequently! In this situation, getting a new headset would be the quickest solution.
If you own AirPods and are facing the same issue, the potential reasons as to why Siri is activating itself are almost the same as other headphones.
More uniquely, problems may occur if you mistakenly double-tap your AirPods. Firstly, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are your AirPods clean?
- Are they fully (and properly) charged or not?
- Did you try the reset feature?
If your AirPods don’t require a clean-up, the best course of action may be resetting them.
Reset your device by following this procedure:
- On your iOS device, go to Settings.
- Select Bluetooth.
- Tap on the headphones option.
- Click on “Forget this device.”
- Turn off both your AirPods and phone.
- Restart both devices and connect them.
If you’re unable to resolve the problem with previous fixes, it may be time to try resetting your phone to see if that helps or not!
- Go to the Settings tab on your phone.
- Select General, and tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap on Reset, and then Reset All Settings.
- Finally, type your passcode and press “Reset All Settings.“
With the “Announce Messages” feature turned on, Siri will read messages aloud on your device.
To turn it off, go to Settings, select Notifications, and then Announce Messages. Here you can turn off the feature as you want.
Features like Siri are very helpful for people in a variety of everyday situations. However, it’s also somewhat common to encounter hurdles due to software or hardware issues.
If Siri keeps on popping up whenever you use your headphones, try fixing this issue by following the methods discussed above.
These can include cleaning your headphones, reconnecting your AirPods, resetting your phone, or even disabling Siri altogether.
Hopefully this article has been helpful for you, and with any luck you won’t have to be surprised by a sudden Siri arrival again in the future!