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How To Delete Your Siri Voice Data In Four Steps

Black Apple iPhone | Photo: Pexels

Black Apple iPhone | Photo: Pexels

When it comes to everything relating to technology, a major concern is usually one’s “Privacy” which most of these so-called tech-giants falter on. Surprisingly, Apple falls under such a category.

Its well-earned reputation for protecting the privacy and actual controls it provides to users to handle their data settings are weak, opaque, or nonexistent. It’s ironic because Apple has a much better set of default technologies and policies when it comes to user data.

In general, this issue where Siri recordings are saved on Apple servers —though anonymous— has revealed a new problem, one that Apple is going to need to do a better job of handling as it shifts more and more of its businesses to services.


Unfortunately, its general privacy page is a big set of very clear explanations of what Apple’s policies are, but no specific information on your data or checkboxes to delete it.

Luckily, there’s a way to correct the issue of saved voice data on an iPhone, in these four simple steps, but you’ll need to repeat similar processes on every Apple device you own.

  • Go to “Settings” > “Siri & Search”
  • Turn off all the ways there are to activate Siri. There are two: “Listen for ‘Hey Siri’” and “Press Side Button for Siri.”
  • When you turn off the last way to activate Siri, that effectively turns Siri off. You’ll get a warning that there is one more step you need to take to delete your data from Apple’s servers.
  • Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Keyboard.” Scroll down to where you see “Enable Dictation.” When you tick that to off, you’ll get a warning that if you ever want to use it again, you’ll have to go through some re-uploading.
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