How to Set Up Hey Siri on Your iPhone

How to Set Up "Hey Siri"

The Hey Siri feature, which has been available since iOS 8, allows you to get Siri's attention just by saying, "Hey Siri." Hey Siri is turned off by default, so if you want to use this feature, you'll need to go through a brief setup procedure to turn it on.

To set up Hey Siri, go to Settings and scroll down to Siri & Search. 

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  • In the screen that appears, turn on Listen for "Hey Siri".

  • Your iPhone or iPad will then have you briefly train it to recognize when you say. "Hey Siri." You'll be asked three times to say "Hey Siri."
  • Then you'll be asked  to say a couple phrases: "Hey Siri, how's the weather today?" and "Hey Siri, it's me."
  • Then you'll get a screen saying "Hey Siri" Is Ready. Tap Done and you're now ready to use the feature.

Note that you don't need to be plugged in to a power source during this setup procedure.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.