Siri is the voice-activated personal assistant offered by Apple that was introduced in the iPhone 4S model. The feature was later made available on iPad as well and it soon became a very popular feature among Apple users. In this article, we will discuss some of the common problems with Siri and the steps to fix them.
If you find that Siri is not at all working on your device, the first thing that you need to confirm is that whether your device is capable of running Siri. The personal assistant feature can be used in iPhone 4s and later models, on iPad 3 and later models, and on all iPad Pro, iPad Mini, and iPad Air models. The feature can also be used on the fifth and sixth generation iPod touch models. However, Siri cannot be used on iPhone 4 or earlier models.
If you are using an Apple device that is compatible with Siri and the feature is not working, it might be turned off. To turn on the feature, select Settings > Siri and ensure that the slider at the top that is labeled Siri is turned on and is green in color. If you are using an earlier version of iOS, you will need to select Settings > General, and then navigate to Siri.
The voice assistant should able to hear you for it to work. This means that the microphone of your iPad or iPhone should be in proper working condition for the feature to work flawlessly. If the feature is turned on and activated in your iPad, the device will display the sound wave graphic and the question “What can I help you with?” If you find that Siri is unable to make out what you are saying, there could be some issues with the microphone of the device.
If you are using a cover or case to protect the iPad, it might be blocking the mic of the device. You can remove the case and try using the feature again. If you find that the feature works fine after removing the case, you will need to find some other case that will not block the microphone. If the feature is not working even after removing the case, you need to check if the mic aperture is blocked by fluff or debris. Remove any gunk, fluff, or debris blocking the microphone and try using Siri again.