How to Use Siri without Talking

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Did you know you can use Siri without talking? You can type to Siri instead. Typing to talk to Siri is ideal for quiet settings or in very loud public places. You can even set up Siri to respond by text when your ringer is turned off. This is great, because it means you can use Siri anytime. You’ll still be able to say, “Hey, Siri,” and speak, but you’ll also have the option to activate Siri without voice and type instead! Here’s how to enable Type to Siri on the iPhone. You can also use this tip to get rid of Type to Siri if you've been wondering why you have to type for Siri when you activate the digital assistant using the Side button.

Related: How to Use Siri & What to Do When Siri Stops Working

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How to Set Up Siri without Voice

First, you need to turn on Type to Siri. (You can also use these instructions to get rid of Type to Siri)

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Siri.

  4. Toggle on Type to Siri.

  5. Here, you can also set when or if Siri responds with Voice Feedback or text only.
  6. To have Siri always respond with Voice Feedback, select Always.
  7. Select Control with Ring Switch to have Siri be silent when your phone is on silent.
  8. Or choose Hands-Free Only to have Siri only respond with Voice Feedback to Hey Siri inquiries.

How to Type to Siri

  1. Now, to Type to Siri, hold down the Home button. If your iPhone has no Home button, hold down the side button.
  2. With Type to Siri turned on, your keyboard will pop up.

  3. Type your question and tap Done to send.

  4. Siri will respond.

That’s it! Now you can type to Siri.

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