How to Turn off Voice Control on your iPhone Device

A lot of devices offer their users the possibility to do certain actions by using their voice, but Apple is especially good at making things as easy as possible for their mobile users. iOS has a voice assistant called Siri but also has a separate feature called Voice Control.

Voice Control feature on iOS

Voice Control is an iOS feature that lets you control your device with your voice, allowing you to tap, swipe, type, and more. To use this feature, you need iOS 13 or later on your device.

This feature can be very useful if you actually want to use it, but it can become disturbing if it’s accidentally turned on in the worst moments possible.

Fortunately, it’s not that hard to turn off Voice Control on iOS – It’s just a matter of changing a couple of settings inside the Settings menu.

How to Turn Off Voice Control on iPhone

  1. On your iOS device, search for Settings and open it.
    Accessing the Settings menu on iOS
  2. Scroll down until you see Accessibility, then access it.
    Accessing the Accessibility tab on iOS
  3. After you are inside the Accessibility menu, access the Voice Control option.
    Accessing Voice Control
  4. On the right-side of Voice Control, there is a button that you need to tap to disable the Voice Control, then go back to the previous menu.
    Disabling Voice Controlssssss
  5. If you are using an iPhone 8 or lower, access the Home Button right below Voice Control.
    Accessing the Home button

    Note: But if you are using a newer version of the iPhone, you’ll need to access the Side Button option.

  6. Right below where it says Press and hold to speak, tap on Off to disable the Voice Control when you are pressing the Home Button or the Side Button.
    Disabling the Voice Control menu

    Note: If you want to keep Siri active, tap on Siri.

Siri and Voice Control issues

Siri and Voice control share so many similarities on iOS, but they’re two separate features that shouldn’t be confused with one another. 

But both of them are known to malfunction when you’re using a loose or poor headset connection caused by frayed cables or moisture on the connector or remote. 

You might notice that the classic Voice Control will auto-activate unexpectedly – In this case, the fix in most cases is to use a different type of headset (preferably one that was built & released by Apple)

Kamil Anwar
Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.

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