Why does Siri not work with AirPods?

Answered by James Kissner

Siri not working with AirPods can be frustrating, but there could be several reasons for this issue. Let’s explore some possible causes and troubleshooting steps to resolve it.

1. Inadequate Settings: First, ensure that “Hey Siri” is enabled on your device. Open the Settings app, tap on Siri & Search, and turn on the “Listen for ‘Hey Siri'” option. Additionally, make sure your AirPods are set to automatically switch to the microphone in the AirPods. To do this, go to Settings > Bluetooth > Your AirPods > Microphone and select “Automatic.”

2. Interference or Distance: Siri relies on a stable Bluetooth connection between your AirPods and your device. Ensure that your AirPods are within the Bluetooth range of your device, typically around 30 feet. Additionally, avoid any potential sources of interference like other Bluetooth devices or physical obstacles between your AirPods and the device.

3. Low Battery or Charging Issues: If your AirPods have low battery, Siri may not function properly. Check the battery level by opening the Control Center on your iPhone and looking for the AirPods battery widget. If the battery is low, charge your AirPods using the charging case and try using Siri again.

4. Software Glitches: Occasionally, software glitches can interfere with Siri’s functionality. Resetting all settings on your device can help resolve such issues. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Keep in mind that this will reset all your personalized settings, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, so you may need to set them up again afterward.

5. Siri Language and Region Settings: Ensure that your Siri language and region settings are correctly configured. Go to Settings > Siri & Search > Language and select your desired language. Also, verify that the region settings are appropriate for your location.

6. Siri Restrictions: If Siri is restricted on your device, it may not work with AirPods or other accessories. Check the Screen Time settings (Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps) and ensure that Siri is enabled.

7. Compatibility: Siri may not work with AirPods if you have an older generation device that doesn’t support certain features. Ensure that your device meets the minimum requirements for Siri and AirPods compatibility.

If none of these troubleshooting steps resolve the issue, consider updating your device’s software to the latest version, as it may include bug fixes and improvements. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Remember, these steps are not exhaustive, and there could be other factors causing Siri to not work with AirPods. If the issue persists, contacting Apple support or visiting an Apple Store for further assistance may be beneficial.

Please note that my responses are based on general troubleshooting guidelines, and individual experiences may vary.