Siri Not Working in iOS 16? Here’s How to Fix It

From making calls to helping you navigate, Apple‘s voice-activated, AI-powered virtual assistant, Siri, can help you perform various tasks. But many iPhone users have reported that Siri stopped working after they updated their devices to the latest iOS 16. 

Problems with Siri might include non-responsiveness to requests, misinterpretations, or failure to activate. As common as this bug may be, it can be upsetting for users who depend on Siri for their everyday tasks. However, this issue can be resolved in a few simple steps.

How to Fix Siri Not Working iOS 16?

Before proceeding, ensure that your device is connected to a stable internet connection. To fix Siri not working in iOS 16, try out the following solutions:

1. Restart Your iPhone

It is common for iPhones to disrupt certain functions or apps. In such cases, restarting the device fixes the problem. Similarly, restarting your iPhone may also fix Siri not working. To restart your iPhone:

  1. Press and quickly release the volume up button, then press and quickly release the volume down button.
  2. Hold the power button for a few seconds until the power off slider shows.
    iPhone Power Off Slider screenshot
  3. Drag the slider to the right to turn your iPhone off.
  4. After a while, turn your iPhone back on by pressing the power or side button for a few seconds.
  5. Once powered back on, check if Siri is now functioning.

2. Enable Dictation

Since Siri and Dictation use the same voice recognition technology, enabling dictation may fix Siri not working in iOS 16. To enable dictation:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone and go to General > Keyboard.
  2. Turn the Enable Dictation toggle on.
  3. Restart your iPhone and test Siri.

3. Enable “Hey Siri” on your iPhone

You may fix Siri not working in iOS 16 by enabling “Listen for Hey Siri.” This feature lets you activate Siri hands-free by using your voice. To enable Hey Siri:

  1. Launch iPhone settings and navigate to Siri & Search.
  2. Toggle the “Listen for Hey Siri” button on.
    iPhone listen for hey siri screenshot
  3. Set up Hey Siri by speaking the five phrases required for Siri to recognize your voice.
  4. Once set up, test Siri by saying “Hey Siri” followed by a command or query

4. Change Siri’s Voice and Language

Changing Siri’s voice and language is a possible resolution related to response and recognition issuesTo change Siri’s voice:

  1. Open iPhone settings and go to Siri & Search > Voice.iPhone Siri Voice settings screenshot
  2. Change Siri’s voice to British and then change it back to your preferred voice.iPhone siri voice settings screenshot

To change Siri’s language:

  1. Launch iPhone settings and go to Siri & Search > Language.iPhone Siri language settngs screenshot
  2. Change the language to English (UK).iPhone siri language settings screenshot

After changing Siri’s voice and language, check to see if Siri is working properly. Also, note that after changing the language, you will have to set Hey Siri up again.

5. Test Your iPhone’s Microphone

It is possible that Siri isn’t working due to an issue with your iPhone’s microphone. Siri uses the microphone to listen and process your voice commands. To check your iPhone’s microphone:

  1. Check to see if your iPhone’s microphone is physically obstructed or damaged. 
  2. Remove any protective cases and clean the mic with a brush to remove any visible debris.
  3. Open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone and try recording an audio clip. iPhone voice memos screenshot
  4. After recording, play back the audio to check if the microphone is capturing sound correctly. 

6. Check Your Work Connection

Siri depends on a stable internet connection to process voice commands and give responses. If Siri is not working in iOS 16, check if your device has a reliable internet connection. 

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To check your network connection:

  1. Wi-Fi Connection: Ensure that your Wi-Fi signal is strong and stable. Check other devices on the same network to see if they can access the internet without any issues.
  2. Mobile Data: If you’re using Siri over mobile data, ensure that your cellular data is enabled and that you have a cellular signal. 

7. Reset Network Settings

Resetting your iPhone’s network settings may fix the bug if you’re experiencing issues with Siri after verifying your network connection. To reset network settings:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.iPhone Transfer or Reset iPhone screenshot
  2. Select Reset > Reset Network Settings and enter your iPhone’s passcode.
  1. Your iPhone will restart with the network settings reset to default.
  2. Connect to an internet connection and test Siri.

8. Change Keyboard Language

In certain cases, Siri’s working can be affected by language settings, especially if Siri’s language and keyboard’s language are not the same. To change keyboard language:

  1. Launch your device’s settings, go to General > Keyboard and select Keyboards.iPhone keyboards settings screenshot
  2. Change it to English (UK). You might have to install the keyboard if you haven’t already.iPhone change Keyboard Language screenshot
  3. Test Siri and see if it is working now.

9. Update Your iPhone

Apple keeps launching new updates for bug fixes and improvements. Update your iPhone to the latest software to solve Siri not working in iOS 16. To update your iPhone:

  1. Launch Settings and go to General > Software Update.iPhone Software Update screenshot
  2. Your iPhone will search for any new updates. If an iOS update is available, select Download and Install.iPhone software update screenshot
  3. Once the download completes, initiate the installation process by entering your iPhone’s passcode
  4. When your iPhone restarts after the update, check if Siri is now functioning correctly.

10. Disable Low Power Mode

The low power mode in your iPhone conserves the battery by reducing activity and limiting functions. Siri may not work properly when the low power mode is enabled. 

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To disable low power mode:

  1. Open your iPhone’s settings, scroll down, and go to Battery.   iPhone Battery Settings screenshot
  2. Toggle the Low Power Mode switch off.iPhone Low Power Mode screenshot
  3. Exit the settings and try using Siri.

11. Check Content Restrictions

Content restrictions might hinder Siri’s functionality, especially if some apps or features are restricted.  To check and adjust content restrictions:

    1. Launch iPhone settings and go to Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  1. Enable Content & Privacy Restrictions if they aren’t already. iPhone C&P settings screenshot
  2. Select Allowed Apps and check if any apps that rely on Siri are not allowed. iPhone Allowed Apps screenshot
  3. Test Siri to see if the problem is fixed.

12. Enable Siri When iPhone Is Locked

Enabling Siri when the iPhone’s locked can solve the issue of Siri not working in iOS 16. 

  1. Open Settings and go to Siri & Search.
  2. Enable Allow Siri When Locked by toggling the button on.iPhone Allow Siri When Locked screenshot
  3. Lock your iPhone and check to see if Siri is working by saying Hey Siri.

13. Reset Your iPhone

Resetting your iPhone can fix various bugs, including Siri not working in iOS 16. Before proceeding, make sure to back up your iPhone to avoid losing any data.  

  1. Launch iPhone settings and go to General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  2. Select Erase All Content and SettingsiPhone Erase All Content and Settings screenshot
  3. Enter your iPhone’s passcode to initiate the process. iPhone enter passcode screenshot
  4. Once the reset finishes and your iPhone restarts, restore iCloud back up and set Siri up again. 
  5. Check to see if Siri is now functioning properly. 


If none of the above solutions fix the problem with Siri not working, it is recommended to contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Store for assistance. It is most likely that the bug lies in hardware or other underlying problems.

Siri Not Working- FAQs

Why is Siri no longer working on my iPhone after updating to iOS 16?

Siri might not work properly in iOS 16 due to many reasons. It can be due to software-related bugs, network connectivity problems, or issues with apps. Plus, you may need to recheck Siri settings after updating your iPhone.

Why can’t Siri on iOS 16 understand my voice commands?

Background noise, a poor microphone, or wrong pronunciation can interfere with Siri’s ability to understand voice commands. When interacting with Siri, make sure you’re speaking clearly. Also, test your device’s microphone to see whether it is functioning properly.

Will Siri stop working if I update my iPhone to iOS 16?

No, updating your iPhone to iOS 16 doesn’t necessarily cause Siri to become dysfunctional. Some users have reported experiencing problems with Siri after the update. However, this bug can occur due to other underlying problems as well.

How can I troubleshoot Siri issues on iOS 16?

To troubleshoot Siri on iOS 16, check your internet connection and restart your iPhone. Ensure Siri is enabled in Settings > Siri & Search and your microphone works with other apps. Disable and re-enable Siri, and update your iPhone to the latest iOS. If the problem persists, contact Apple Support. [wsfq]Is Siri on iOS 16 compatible with all iPhone models?[/wsfq][wsfa]Siri is generally compatible with most modern iPhone models running iOS 16. However, some advanced features may require specific hardware capabilities present in newer iPhone models. If you have an older iPhone, certain Siri functionalities may be limited compared to the latest models.


Kamil Anwar

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