How to Disable Proactive Siri Suggestions

Siri has and is still playing a big role in our day-to-day activities. As the technology world evolves, Siri is also on the track with its amazing automation features. Siri suggestions are the added feature that is meant to reveal to you the recent activities you have partaken. Siri keeps track and monitors your routines, thereby, giving you suggestions for what you might want to do next. These may include making a call, placing an appointment, sending of email and messages or suggestion for places to visit among others. All these are based on previous actions and requests monitored by Siri.

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A Representation showing before and after Disabling Siri Suggestions

With iOS 12, Siri suggestions got more updated and smarter than the previous versions of iOS. Proactive Siri suggestions have become a big feature with the new Shortcuts app which automatically allows you to recommend and perform various activities.

However, the use of Siri Suggestions can be overwhelming to you as a user of the devices with the updated versions of iOS. You may not be in need of these suggestions, hence, rendered useless and time wasting. Luckily, you are in a position to restrict the type of information Siri Suggestions reveal to you or you can as well disable the suggestion feature.

Why the Need to Disable Siri Suggestions?

You might be asking yourself what could be the need for getting rid of the feature in your iOS device. Despite the usefulness that comes in handy with Siri Suggestions, there are a number of potential reasons as to why you might consider turning them off.

Consequently, this feature can be entirely useless to you as you may waste a lot of time while winding up on that screen with proactive suggestions before going back to perform your normal task.

Also, disabling the proactive Siri Suggestions will probably help improve the overall performance of your iOS device. This includes the well-functioning of the Spotlight Search function without interference.

The use of Siri Suggestions can be annoying and distracting to you as it clogs up your Lock screen with the extra notifications thrown at you. Do you want to be saved from this stress? Here are the easiest possible ways to manage and disable the proactive Siri Suggestion feature.

Disabling Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search

Siri suggestions recommend apps, news, nearby locations, as well as contacts among other pre-search suggestions right from the Spotlight Search screen. The Spotlight Search screen is the screen you encounter by swiping down from the top of the home screen. You might get annoyed with the suggestions appearing on the screen, hence, forcing you to get rid of them. To get rid of them you need to disable the Siri suggestions by following the steps below:

  1. Navigate on Settings on your iOS device.
Select the Settings app on your iPhone
  1. Scroll down and click on Siri & Search.
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Tap on Siri & Search
  1. In the Siri Suggestions area, toggle the switch next to Suggestions in Search to turn it off as shown in the image below.
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Turning off the Suggestions in Search

Disabling Siri Suggestions on Today View Widget

On your iOS device, you might find out that another location where Siri can provide suggestions is on the Today View screen. The today view widget allows you to quickly access information from your favorite apps. However, at times this may be cumbersome and annoying, hence, the need to disable the suggestions arises. To turn off the Siri Suggestions on Today View Widget you will have to follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Today View by swiping right from your Home Screen.
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Swipe towards the right as indicated in the image
  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Edit.
Tap on Edit
  1. Find the Siri App Suggestions on the Add Widget Screen and tap on the red circular minus sign at the left-hand side.
Click on the red minus sign
  1. Click on Done at the top right corner of the screen.
Tap on Done

Disabling Siri suggestions for all Apps

You can also decide to get rid of entire suggestions in your iOS device. This prevents all Siri Suggestions from appearing on any place in your phone. This will also prevent the usual useful Siri suggestions but if you are not interested in them, then disabling will suit you well. By a flick on a switch, you can be able to prevent all apps from making the Siri Suggestions on your Lock screen. This is achieved by following the outlined steps below:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
Click on the Settings app on your iOS device
  1. Navigate and click on Siri & Search.
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Click on Siri & Search
  1. Click on the toggle next to Suggestions on Lock Screen to turn it
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Turn off the toggle switch next to Suggestions on Lock Screen
  1. Restart your iPhone to refresh the changes.

Disabling Siri Suggestions for Individual Apps

You might also find some Siri suggestions useful, therefore, you might want to keep some for a certain app but not in need for another. Here you are able to restrict the suggestions on a specific app which keeps on annoying you while keeping other apps that you have no problem with. In order to turn the Siri Suggestions off for individual apps you need to consider the following procedure:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Tap on the Settings app on your iPhone
  1. Scroll down and click on Siri & Search.
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Tap on Siri & Search
  1. Find the specific app you would like to disable the suggestions for and click on the app. In this case, we picked on 1password.
Click on 1password
  1. Tap on the switch next to Search, Suggestions & Shortcuts to turn it off.
Click on the switch next to Search, Suggestions & Shortcuts
  1. Repeat the steps for any other steps you would like to disable notifications for.
  2. Always remember to restart your device after turning off the Siri app Suggestions.

Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.