5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 12, 2010 11:10 AM by SidF
tvaddict77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
The voice control on my iPod Touch (system 3.1.3) will just randomly turn itself on and start playing music, even when I don't speak into the mic. Even when I hit cancel, it will pop up again. Sometimes the only solution is to unplug the headphones and plug them in again but this is only a temporary fix. My battery has completely run down twice because of this - when my iPod was just sitting on my desk at home during the day.

Is there anyway to disable the voice control function (without jailbreaking my iPod)?

iPod Touch 32GB, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • BboyChill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Happening to me to, no idea yet
  • bassgirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's happening to me too and driving me nuts.
  • sweetdaddy13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same things happening to me, I'm going to get a new set of earbuds this week, in the hopes that the set I have is somehow damaged and causing it to randomly turn on.
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
    You can't disable Voice Control. It should only come on if you press and hold the home button or the center button on the headset. You may have a defective home button.

    However, try to reset your iPod: Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears. That may fix your problem. If not, try to restore your iPod as explained here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414

    If neither help, you may need service. http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/service/faq/
  • SidF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a 32GB Ipod Touch purchased August 2009. Using the Apple headphones with the mic, the Voice Control randomly starts when I am playing Internet Radio using WiFi and cuts out the radio app. This doesn't happen of course with phones with a simple stereo 3.5 mm jack rather than the Apple 3 contact 3.5 mm jack on the phones with the mic. So an easy work around is to not use the Apple phones with the mic, but hey, I paid a lot of money for this thing and it should work. There seem to be endless threads all over the web saying people can't turn off Voice Control on this generation of Touches and iPhones. Are there any instructions anywhere from Apple that cover this problem? I can see the need for Voice Control on the phone when driving but I don't find it a compelling feature on the phoneless Touch. I'm new to Apple products after years with PCs and Linux and I find the deep seated nature of this problem and the fact there seem to be no easy solutions ( I won't consider jailbreaking) quite surprising and not what I expected from Apple.