How to Deactivate Voice Control on Your iPhone

The only way to get out of Voice Control is to disable Voice Control. Luckily, it's easy to do, and to turn back on if you change your mind.

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Voice Command can be a helpful feature to many, but it can also be frustrating or even unsettling to know your iPhone's microphone is listening to you all the time. To stop Voice Command, you have to go into your Settings to turn it off, but it's an easy switch, and you can just as easily turn it back on. Let's look at how to disable Voice Control.

Related: How to Turn on Voice Control on the iPhone

Turning off voice activation is easy to do, and easy to reverse. For more ways to use Accessibility features, check out our Tip of the Day.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap Accessibility.

  3. Tap Voice Control.

  4. Toggle Voice Control off.

If Voice Control is on, you will see a blue microphone symbol at the top left of your screen. Once it is off, that symbol will disappear.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.