Are you not hearing any audio from Siri over Bluetooth connection?
The voice-activated Siri feature of your iPhone comes very handily nowadays, especially when you drive or going for a run. However, one of the issues it has is quite prominently what sets it back from being utilized extensively, and that is that it has trouble getting audio out over Bluetooth.
Several users are experiencing this issue and are asking for a fix over on the Apple Support Community page on this topic with many finding it weird that the “Hey Siri” feature on their iPhone, which is connected to their Bluetooth-enabled devices, is not working as well as all other audio functions such as calls and music works but not with Siri’s audio reply.
In this guide, we like to share a few tested and effective possible solutions to help you resolve this issue. Now the solutions may be different for each iPhone model, although we suggest going through the fixes and trying it out based on the steps appropriate to your model which we’ve highlighted for you. After this article, we hope that you can fix your no Siri audio over the Bluetooth connection issue on your Apple device.
Let’s get started!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Enable Press Side Button Feature
- Forget and Pair Bluetooth Device Again
- Reset Network Settings
- Restart the Device
- Update to the Latest OS Version 13.3.1
- Contact Apple Support
How to Fix No Siri Audio Over Bluetooth: 6 Ways
1. Enable Press Side Button Feature.
Since you cannot use the “Hey Siri” feature of your iPhone in the meantime, there is another way to activate Siri that works flawlessly. You can press the Side button of your iPhone (button configuration varies between iPhone models) to activate Siri.
This solution received a great response from other users that have mentioned that when using this feature, you can hear Siri’s audio response immediately. Now before you go ahead and try this alternative method, you will first want to make sure it is activated.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Go ahead and go to the Settings of your iPhone.
- Then find and tap the Siri & Search option and toggle the Listen for ‘Hey Siri’ switch and turn it OFF.
- Now, toggle the Press Side Button for Siri switch and turn it ON.
- After that, go back to the Settings, tap on the Accessibility option then tap on Siri.
- Next, toggle the Type to Siri switch to turn it OFF.
Finally, with your iPhone and Bluetooth-enabled device connected, use the Side button to activate Siri. When you give the command, you should be able to hear Siri’s audio response.
Using this feature can be a workaround for some users. However, this does not apply to drivers who connect their iPhone on their car’s infotainment system as it can be distractive. For those who drive their vehicle or are looking for a more direct fix, then proceed to the following methods.
2. Forget and Pair Bluetooth Device Again.
Perhaps one of the simplest and most effective solutions to this is to jumpstart the Bluetooth connection.
It could be likely that the connection may be caused by hidden errors or corrupted settings which often is a result of not properly being disconnected. Similar to a computer, system files get messed up when it is not properly shut down or terminated. This issue can either be in your iPhone or your car’s infotainment system.
Hence, by resetting the Bluetooth connection profile between your iPhone and the car, you’re able to fix the issue.
Here’s how you can do it:
- First, open the Settings of your iPhone, then tap on the Bluetooth option.
- Then, tap the ( i ) icon next to your Bluetooth-enabled device name, tap Forget This Device, and then Confirm.
- Next, you need to delete the profile of your iPhone on your Bluetooth-enabled device, if possible. You can call the support of your device (or car) manufacturer for assistance.
- Finally, back on your iPhone, search for your device, and tap the Connect option. Follow the remaining instructions to finish the setup process.
Once you have reset the Bluetooth connection, test your “Hey Siri” feature on your iPhone once again and see if the above fixes the issue. You should be able to hear Siri’s response after this process.
3. Reset Network Settings.
We’ve touched upon this solution previously when we discussed the various Bluetooth issues that occur on an iPhone but the gist that can be taken from that is that it leads to one particular place on your Apple device — the network settings.
The network settings are responsible for the most part how the device works with cellular and Wi-Fi networks and ensure that you get consistent internet access. Now, this is not to imply that you need the internet to get Bluetooth to work, but it’s a good practice to do so and at times can work to solve most of the wireless network connectivity issues.
Before you proceed to reset the network settings, take note that doing so will remove all saved Wi-Fi connections which you may have had connected to before. This also means that if you had saved passwords for those Wi-Fi connections, then it will be removed too. So make sure to remember the Wi-Fi passwords before you go through with the below.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Go ahead and tap the Settings on your iPhone, then General, and then Reset option.
- Then, search and tap the Reset Network Settings option.
- Next, if you are asked for the device passcode, provide the correct one to proceed.
- Finally, tap Confirm to finalize the reset network settings process.
All you need to do now is to pair your iPhone and the Bluetooth-enabled device once again as new, just like how we discussed in Method 2 (above). You should be able to use the “Hey Siri” feature and hear Siri’s response.
4. Restart the Device.
If you’ve gone through the methods above, then take note that changes that we make with the device will require a restart to take effect. Doing this method is basic but crucial if you want to see results with the solutions.
To restart your iPhone or iPad, tap on the Settings app on your iPhone, then General and then tap the Shutdown option.
Slide the Slide to Power Off button to the shutdown direction to confirm the process.
After your iPhone (or iPad) is completely off, press on the Side button (or the Home button for some older iPhone models) and power it back on. Connect your Bluetooth enabled devices to your iPhone and test the Hey Siri feature to see if the solutions we’ve tried has worked.
5. Update to the Latest OS Version 13.3.1.
Another probable cause of this issue is due to glitches and bugs in your iPhone OS. This is normal for devices that are continually being developed. Some users were able to resolve this issue by updating to iOS 13.3.1. We can verify this by going over to the iOS changelog and taking a look at the fixes that were released with the newer iOS version.
Before you do it, however, make sure to backup of your iPhone (or iPad) using iCloud or computer.
Once you’ve backed up your iPhone or iPad, here’s how you can do update your device to the latest version:
- Go ahead and make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable power source and internet using Wi-Fi.
- Then, go to Settings, then General, and then choose Software Update.
- Now, choose and tap Download and Install. If prompted that you will be temporarily removing apps because of space requirements for the update, tap Continue. iOS will reinstall apps that it removed after the process.
- Tap Install to proceed with the process immediately. Or you can choose to tap Later where you can select Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you choose Install Tonight, plug your device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
- Finally, enter your passcode if applicable.
Now that you have applied the bug fix for this issue, your Hey Siri feature on your iPhone should work correctly. That, of course, will include the audio response of Siri on the Bluetooth-enable device.
6. Contact Apple Support.
If none of the methods from this guide worked for you, then it is essential that we let the Apple developers know that the bug fix did not work on your device. You can do this by filling out the feedback form on their website. With this, Apple can have the details of your iPhone, such as the software version, changes in settings, and hardware specification to properly patch it up.
Apple does read through the feedback that they get and with the more of us who send in the feedback requests regarding this issue, the sooner we can get it prioritized to be fixed.
Sometimes, if you are tired of waiting for the latest update, you can sign up for beta testing of the iOS devices. Apple releases a beta version of the latest iOS so users can test it and give them feedback. You can be an iOS beta tester if you want to help Apple test their products. Just make sure you unenroll your iPhone when you download the final copy of the latest version of iOS.
This wraps up our guide on how to fix no Siri audio over the Bluetooth issue on your iPhone or iPad. We hope that you have found a resolution to this and was able to learn more about the topic. If you have questions related to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.
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