How to Turn Announce Messages with Siri Off & On in the iPhone Control Center

Announce Messages with Siri allows Siri to announce and read your messages to you when you are wearing compatible AirPods and Beats while your iPhone or iPad is locked. Although this setting can be turned off and on in the Settings app, the fastest way to turn Announce Messages with Siri on and off as needed is in the iPhone or iPad Control Center. Let's learn how to use Announce Messages with Siri from your iPhone's Control Center now.

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How to Use Announce Messages with Siri in Your iPhone's Control Center

This tip won't work with the original Apple AirPods. You'll need a pair of AirPods second generation, AirPods Pro, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, or Beats Solo Pro, as well as an iPhone running iOS 14 or later, or an iPad running iPadOS 14 or later for this tip to work. 

  1. Before you customize your Control Center to include Announce Messages with Siri, you'll need to turn on Announce Messages in your iPhone Settings. Then, add Announce Messages with Siri to your Control Center.   
  2. Open your iPhone's Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of your iPhone's screen if you have an iPhone X or later. If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the Announce Messages with Siri icon to turn the feature on, tap again to turn it off.

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  4. Long press the Announce Messages with Siri icon to show a menu with more options, including On, Mute for 1 hour, or Off for the day

    announce messages with siri options

That's it! Now, you can quickly have Siri announce and read your messages when it's convenient and easily turn off Announce Messages when it's not. 

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.