How to Type to Siri (As Opposed to Talking) in iOS 11 on iPhone

Tired of talking to Siri? With iOS 11, you can type to Siri instead. This is ideal for quiet settings or in very loud public places. By default, Siri will respond back with voice. But you can set it so that Siri will only respond with Voice Feedback if your iPhone isn't on silent. This is great because it means you can use Siri anytime. However, if you turn on Type to Siri, you won’t be able to use the Home button to activate Siri and speak. But you will still be able to say, “Hey, Siri” and speak. Here’s how to type to Siri in iOS 11 on iPhone.

Related: How to Turn off Press Home for Siri & Only Activate with Hey, Siri on iPhone

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How to Turn On Type to Siri

  • First, we need to turn on Type to Siri. Open the Settings app.
  • Select General.
  • Tap Accessibility.
  • Tap Siri.
  • Toggle on Type to Siri.

  • Here, you can also set when or if Siri responds with Voice Feedback or text only.
  • To have Siri always respond with Voice Feedback, select Always.
  • Select Control with Ring Switch to have Siri be silent when your phone is on silent.

  • Or choose Hands-Free Only to have Siri only respond with Voice Feedback to Hey, Siri inquiries.

How to Type to Siri

  • Now, to Type to Siri, hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  • With Type to Siri turned on, your keyboard will pop up.

  • Type your question as you normally would and tap Done to send.
  • Siri will respond.

That’s it! Now you can text Siri.


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