Enable Siri: How to Switch Back to Hey Siri on iOS 17

What to Know

  • The iOS 17 update allows you to summon Siri by just saying, "Siri."
  • If you prefer "Hey Siri" instead, you can switch it back in your iPhone settings.
  • Open the Settings app, tap Siri & Search, tap Listen For, then tap "Hey Siri."

While previous versions of iOS required you to say, "Hey Siri," to activate Siri, iOS 17 drops the "Hey" and now allows you to summon your virtual assistant with just a simple "Siri." Some may find this more convenient, while others may find it more frustrating since simply saying Siri's name is enough to accidentally make unneeded reminders, set random timers, or search the web.

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How Did Siri Change in iOS 17?

In iOS 17, Apple made it so that you can activate Siri by simply saying, "Siri," instead of "Hey, Siri." This change brings Siri more in line with other virtual assistants, such as Alexa or Google. However, I worry about how often I'll accidentally invoke Siri thanks to this change, considering the word "seriously" seems to be enough to activate Siri for me. If you find that you're activating Siri when you don't mean to, now, we'll show you how to change it back to "Hey, Siri." To stay updated on the latest changes to iOS, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

How to Set Up Hey Siri on iOS 17

If you want to switch back to "Hey Siri," you can do so in the Settings app:

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  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Siri & Search.

    iphone settings with siri & search circled in red
  2. Tap Listen For.

    iphone siri settings with listen for circled in red
  3. You can choose to turn off the trigger phrase altogether, use "Siri" or "Hey Siri," or use only "Hey Siri."

    iphone siri listen for settings with two options circled in red. option 1: siri or hey siri, option 2: hey siri

Now, you can use "Hey, Siri" instead of just "Siri" to activate your virtual assistant.


  • Do I have to say, "Hey, Siri," every time? In addition to Siri's new trigger phrase, Apple has added the ability to issue follow-up commands and requests to Siri after the first one. For example, you can say, "Hey, Siri, set a timer for five minutes," allow Siri to start the timer, and then immediately ask, "What's the weather like?" without having to activate Siri again. So after saying, "Hey, Siri," once you don't necessarily have to say it again unless you dismiss Siri.
  • How do I use Siri to speak? While you can't use Siri to speak, iOS 17 does include a new feature called Live Speech, which allows you to type out what you want to say and then has your iPhone speak it aloud. You can set this up by going into Settings, tapping Accessibility, and then tapping Live Speech.
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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.