Siri Not Working On iPhone 13? Here’s how to fix it


Is Siri not working on iPhone 13? Try these tricks to get it working again
iPhone fans have grown accustomed to the useful hands-free features of Siri. So when it stops responding, this can cause frustration. When Siri doesn’t respond to your commands, there are some easy fixes to get the Apple personal assistant working properly again.

See also: Siri says Something Went Wrong Please Try Again? Fix

Why Siri is not working on iPhone 13

There are many reasons why the phrase ”Hey Siri” may not work when attempting to use Siri on your iPhone 13. These can range from an iPhone having no internet connection to the Siri setting being disabled on the iPhone 13. Below are some common causes for Siri to malfunction on iPhone 13:

  • Phone incompatibility.
  • The phone is offline.
  • The microphone is malfunctioning.

How to Fix Siri not working on iPhone 13

There are several items you can look at to try and fix Siri problems on your iPhone 13. If you know what to check, you should be able to get it working again on your phone quickly.

While trying to fix Siri issues on your iPhone 13, you need to keep several things in mind. For instance, you have to check off compatibility and ensure that your country or region supports a specific Siri feature. That’s not all, you also have to make sure your device is connected to a strong Internet connection for the virtual assistant to work.

Apart from these usual suspects, you should never rule out a random software glitch or bug that may be preventing Apple’s virtual assistant from working normally. With that said, let’s try out the possible solutions to resolve Siri not working problem on iPhone 13.

1. Make Sure Siri Supports Certain Features in Your Country or Region

It’s worth pointing out that Siri availability, commands, and features vary by language and country/region. For instance, Siri restaurant reservations feature work only in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Besides, Siri translation and Neural text-to-speech voice features are yet to be rolled out everywhere. To find out whether or not your country/region supports a specific Siri feature, navigate to Apple’s comprehensive feature availability page.

2. Ensure That Allow Siri When Locked is Enabled

If you are trying to activate Siri when your device is locked and Hey Siri is not working on iPhone 13, make sure the “Allow Siri When Locked” option is enabled. If it is turned off, you can’t invoke the personal assistant when your iPhone is locked.

Open Settings -> Siri & Search. Now, be sure the toggle for Allow Siri When Locked is turned on.

3. Make Sure Siri is Not Restricted on Your iPhone

If you find Siri not working on your iPhone 13 after trying the above fixes, make sure that Siri is not restricted on your phone. Screen Time lets you not only stop Siri from performing web searches but also block explicit language. To remove the restriction, go to Settings app -> Screen Time -> Content & Privacy Restrictions -> Content Restrictions -> Siri. Then, make sure you have allowed Siri to perform tasks without any limitations (if that’s what you are looking for).

4. Check your internet connectivity

If Siri is not working on your iPhone 13, it’s sensible to ensure that your device has a stable internet connection. Even though Siri will be able to work offline for some queries on iOS 15, it still needs internet for most of the commands,
So it’s worth ensuring strong internet connectivity for using Siri on your iPhone 13:

5. Ensure That Always Listen for “Hey Siri” is Enabled

By default, Siri doesn’t respond when your iPhone is placed face down or covered. If you want the virtual assistant to always respond even when your device is covered or facing down, ensure that you have enabled Always Listen for Hey Siri.

Go to the Settings app on your iPhone and choose Accessibility. Then, scroll down to the bottom and select Siri. Finally, make sure the switch right next to Always Listen for “Hey Siri’ is turned on.

6. Force restart your iPhone

If nothing seems to work, you should try to force restart your iPhone 13 to fix any issues with Siri. If you don’t know how to force restart your iPhone 13, follow the steps below:

Press the volume up button. Then, press the volume down button. After that, you need to hold down the power/side button until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

7. Disable Siri and Set It Up Again

At times, you can troubleshoot Siri issues on your iPhone 13 just by completely disabling the personal assistant and then setting it up again. So, give it a try as well.

Go to the Settings app and choose Siri & Search. Then, turn off the switch right next to “Listen for Hey Siri”. Also, turn off the toggle right next to the Press Side button for Siri. After that, restart your device and then turn on these toggles.

Once you have set up Siri on your device, invoke the personal assistant and ask it to perform certain tasks like, “Hey Siri, how is the weather like today?” If the virtual assistant starts working normally, you are good to go! If Siri says I can’t help with that, move on to the next solution.

8. Turn off Type to Siri

The ‘Type to Siri’ feature may probably be hindering the voice interaction with Siri. So it’s worth turning it off to see if it helps.

To turn off ‘Type to Siri’, go to Settings App and then Accessibility -> Siri. Now turn off the toggle next to ‘Type to Siri’.

9. Reset All Settings on Your iPhone

If you are still experiencing the problem of Siri not working on iPhone 13, try resetting all settings on your phone, it might fix the problem.

Head over to Settings app -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. If asked, enter your device and Screen Time passcodes. After that, set up Siri again. Then, activate Siri to check if you have finally got the better of the problem.

10. Check Siri servers

If none of the tricks has worked in fixing Siri not working issue on your iPhone 13, it’s wise to check whether Siri servers are working fine or if they are experiencing any issues currently. To do this, visit Apple’s System Status website. Now look for a green dot next to Siri. If you see it, it means the servers are up and running, otherwise, you should wait until the problem is fixed from Apple’s end.

11. Update iOS

The software update is quite reliable in terms of fixing bugs and miscellaneous issues that are often hard to explain. So, if none of the tricks has worked in resolving Siri not working issue on your iPhone 13, I suspect the problem might be due to a bug. Thus, there is a high chance that the software update can help you troubleshoot Siri problems.

Go to Settings app -> General -> Software Update. Then, download and install the latest version of iOS on your device.

Siri not working on iPhone 13? Problem fixed!

Well, that’s the end of this troubleshooting guide! I hope Siri has once again started to work normally on your iPhone 13. As outlined above, sluggish Wi-Fi/cellular connection is often the main culprit behind the problem. So, you can resolve Siri issues on your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 pro max by fixing the weak Internet connection in most cases. If that doesn’t help, you can go for other reliable solutions like the software update and factory reset to get rid of the issue.

So, which tricks proved lucky for you? Don’t forget to let me know your feedback and the tip that did the trick for you.

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