This article provides solutions when Siri is not working on your iPhone after iOS 17 update.
You can use Siri on your iPhone to send text messages, make calls, check the weather, play songs, and more.
If Siri isn’t working on your iPhone after iOS 17 update, it’s worth making sure everything is set up properly. And if it’s still not working right, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take to solve iOS 17 Siri problems.
Why is Siri not working after iOS 17 update?
There are a number of reasons Siri is not working on your iPhone after iOS 17 update. Here are some of them:
Siri is disabled
It’s possible Siri is disabled. You might have turned it off and forgotten to turn it back on, for example.
Faulty network connections
If Siri responds with, "Sorry, I’m having trouble connecting to the network," or "Try again in a little while," the problem may be a faulty network connection.
The microphone is blocked
Siri might struggle to hear and understand you if there’s a problem with your iPhone’s microphones. Your microphone might be blocked by a poorly fitting case, screen protector, dust, dirt, or lint.
How to fix Siri not working on iPhone in iOS 17
Please try the tips below. Further, make sure that you check your iPhone after each step to see if Siri starts working.
1. Speak clearly
If Siri has trouble understanding you, the problem could be with your request. With any virtual assistant, it’s imperative to speak clearly and plainly. Siri is best used for straightforward requests, such as, "What’s the weather?" or "Call Mom."
2. Check Siri settings
Make sure that Siri is enabled on your iPhone. Here is how you can check:
- Start the Settings app and tap Siri & Search.
- In the ASK SIRI menu, make sure the following settings are turned on:
- Listen for "Siri" or "Hey Siri"
- Press Side Button for Siri
- Allow Siri When Locked
It is possible that you do not see the Siri options in Settings. There are two possible reasons for this:
- Siri may not be available where you live. Siri is not available in all countries.
- Siri may be disabled in Restrictions. You can check this by going to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps. Make sure that Siri & Dictation is allowed.
3. Check Siri’s volume level
Siri has a separate volume control. Turn up the volume after saying a command or starting Siri.
4. Make sure Spoken Responses is enabled
If Siri is responding with texts on the iPhone screen instead of speaking to you, make sure that Spoken Responses is enabled.
- Start the Settings app then tap Siri & Search.
- Tap Siri Responses.
- Tap Prefer Spoken Responses to hear Siri speak responses, even when Silent mode is turned on.
5. Check your connection
For Siri to work, you need an Internet connection. Siri depends on this connection to function. Siri may not recognize the words you are saying because you have a faulty Internet connection. Ensure that your Internet is working. . You may try the following tips:
- If you are using Wi-Fi, turn it off and back on by going to Settings > Wi-Fi.
- Reboot your WiFi Router by unplugging it for about one minutes, then plug it back in and let it restart.
- If you are using cellular data, turn it off and back on by going to Settings > Cellular.
- If you are using a VPN, disable it by going to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management > VPN. Does that make any difference? If it makes no difference, you can enable it.
- Enable Airplane Mode and wait for about one minute and then disable it by going to Settings > Airplane Mode.
- Reset your network settings by going to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Note that when you reset network settings, your current settings will be erased like your Wi-Fi passwords, etc.
6. Make sure Siri’s language is correct
For Siri to understand you when you speak, you must select the correct language from the options in your iPhone settings.
Choose the language that you speak in this step, not the language you want Siri to speak back to you. This allows Siri to understand your requests.
- Start the Settings app then tap Siri & Search.
- In the ASK SIRI menu, tap Language.
- Choose a language and dialect for Siri from the list.
- Once you have chosen the language, you can tap Siri Voice to choose a male or female voice (the default is male).
7. Turn on Location Services
Siri needs to know your location to answer questions about the weather, directions, and other issues. Turn on Location Services for Siri to work properly.
- Start the Settings app then tap Privacy & Security.
- Tap Location Services.
- Make sure Location Services is turned on.
8. Check your microphone and speaker
Siri hears you through your microphone and speaks to you through speakers. Siri may not understand you properly because Siri can’t hear your sound clearly. Ensure that your iPhone’s microphone and speakers are working properly. Here is what you can do:
- If you have any case or screen protectors, remove them. They may be interfering.
- Clear any debris from the openings of your iPhone. Microphone or speaker openings may be blocked. You may use a soft and clean toothbrush to clean.
9. Make sure your iPhone is up to date
Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS 17. Here’s how to check:
- Start the Settings app then tap General.
- Tap Software Update.
- If an update is available, tap Update Now.
10. Restart your iPhone
Simply restart your iPhone, it is simple but doing so may fix your iOS 17 Siri problem. Here is how you can restart your iPhone:
- iPhone XR, XS, 11, 12, 13, 14, or 15: Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons together until the Power Off slider appears. Then drag the slider. Wait for the iPhone to turn off, and then press and hold the side button again to turn it on.
- iPhone SE (2nd or 3rd generations): Press and hold the power button until the Power Off slider appears. Then drag the slider. Wait for the iPhone to turn off, and then press and hold the power button again to turn it on.
11. Check if Siri is down
it is possible that Siri is down. Apple may be experiencing issues with Siri. You can check this by going to the Apple System status site. If Siri is green, everything is working. If not, just wait, Apple will fix it.
12. Contact Apple Support
If all else fails, contact Apple for help. Apple offers many resources through its website and the Apple Support app. Alternatively, visit the Genius Bar, or find a local Authorized Apple Service Provider.