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Lawrence Ingram_Ii Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)

Hi Everyone,


I posted this earlier as a discussion because I thought Apple had a fix.  Basically, Siri does not speak out loud through iPhone speakers, only through ear buds or small ear speaker in the phone. No "Ding" sound to indicate Siri has started or finished recording.  She will not speak out loud any of her feedback.  We've tried the following:


Ensured Voice Feedback was set to "Always"


Turning off Siri followed by soft reset & restart, then turning Siri back on


Checking volume of speakerphone (obviously)


Reset all settings to factory default


Restoring iPhone from backup


Changing language from US English to Australia, restarting then, changing back again (doesn't work in Australian either)


Turning off Raise to Speak (and turning back on)


There may have been other things we've played with over the past few days, but I can't remember them all.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know!





Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 12-Core 2010, 24GB RAM, ATI R5870
  • Lawrence Ingram_Ii Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)



    Here's my final answer:  Activate Siri, and turn the volume up!!!  Apparently, I turned the volume down while it was shouting at me somewhere I wanted it to be quiet! Never connected the dots.  So, for anyone having this issue, the fix is pretty simple.  Now if I can figure out how to get Apple Care to add it to their trouble-shooting list! 



  • Rvalery2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had exactly the same problem and espent over a day (I tried everything) trying to figuring it Out what was wrong with it until I read you post, really easy and dumb but helpful. It works now

  • Pat747 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Friends, I have just the solution for you!  And it has worked on two iphones!


    I had the same problem. Siri was audible only on the earbuds or bluetooth, but no longer audible on the speakers.  Speaker worked for everything else, but not Siri.


    I tried everything without success. Then I called Apple Care and they couldn't figure it out either. They gave up and sent me a replacement iPhone 4S which I received today.


    I couldn't believe it -- the replacement phone had the same problem!  Siri wasn't audible on the speakers. So I combed through the iPhone forums and found one that claimed the 100% solution to a similar problem where music would no longer play on the speakers but only on the earphones was to remove and reinsert the earphones for several seconds into the earphone jack while the music was playing. The guy on the forum claimed he has never heard of this solution not working.


    So I wondered if that technique would work with Siri, and tried it. I inserted the earphones, pressed and held down the Home button to activate Siri, and while Siri was talking I removed and reinserted the earphones over and over again for several seconds. Bingo! It worked!


    And get this -- I tried it on the replacement iPhone 4S Apple had just sent me and it fixed Siri on that phone too!!!  It has now worked twice to repair a silent Siri!


    I think there must be a hardware problem with regard to the earphone jack design. I hope Apple reads this and takes note of the solution -- they need to fix that part.


    Pat    pat747

  • Craig in Seabrook Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't even know how to activate my speakers with Siri talking, can someone tell me? I only thought it/she talked through the ear-piece when raised to ear.


    Can someone tell me how to talk to Siri over speakers without being in phone mode?

  • Pat747 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    Press and hold down the home button on your iPhone 4S until you hear a double ding sound, then start talking.



  • Craig in Seabrook Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    Thank you, worked like a charm.


    Obviously, I am a Neaderthal when it comes to working this dang phone. To think, I've been holding to my ear this whole time.

  • Kuddy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    While on the home screen hold down Siri. When Siri pops up use the volume control buttons to increase the volume. I called sprint and they had no clue. They then transferred me to apple which had extended waits. While playing with the phone on hold this worked for me.  Hope this helps everyone. 

  • MoBr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Pat747 - THANKS!  I was using Siri in the car with my bluetooth system.  Came in the house and less than a minute later, Siri wouldn't work.  I read your message here and put some earphones on and - what do you know - I could hear the ding and Siri talking.  I only had to put the earphones in once, pull then out once and Siri was back working again! THANKS again.

  • Wilsonmummy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank goodness someone knows how to resolve this! It was driving me mad i couldn't figure out why Siri was talking thru the speakerphone one minute and not the next. Pulling the earplug in and out of the phone jack worked a charm. Thanks

  • DeeRey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have this EXACT problem Pat, although your solution did not work. This is the second replacement iphone 4s I've gotten for failure of the external speaker/ issues with iPhone audio. And nonetheless, I was never able to restore the new phone and download my media from my old phone with iCloud due to "backup failure" which then went on to tell me I all of a sudden needed to buy more storage on iCloud. When will the issues end?... Anyways, I really do not want to have to go through the trouble again of getting a new phone while having to figure out how to transfer info from my current replacement phone plus the LAST phone to yet ANOTHER replacement phone... I've called apple support multiple times, and each time they were not able to resolve the issues.... HELP PLEASE??!!



    Frustrated apple customer

  • rob141 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Siri has stopped using the external speaker on my iPhone too, and none of the solutions offered here work.

  • shalomjt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hold down the home button and when siri answers change the volume. siri's volume is different thant the system volume.

  • Betty Rogers Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    when i hold down home, siri pops up a text that says: "how may i help you?"

    in text, it is not spoken by siri. it this correct?

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (19,095 points)


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