How to Delete Siri Data from iCloud on iPhone

Siri is the default voice assistant on Apple devices such as iPhone and iPad. Each time you call him and give a command, Siri sends audio recordings and some additional data about you to Apple’s servers. There, your request is processed, and then you see the result on your iPhone screen. Amazingly, Apple can keep them for six months, two years, or even longer! For privacy reasons, if you want to delete Siri data from iCloud on your iPhone or iPad, please follow these steps.

A word about your Siri data

Apple says ,

“Your request history is linked to a random identifier for up to six months. Your request history may include transcripts, audio for users who chose to improve Siri and dictation, Siri data and related data such as device specifications, device configuration, performance statistics, and the approximate location of your device at the time of the request. made.

After six months, your request history is separated from the random ID and can be stored for up to two years to help Apple develop and improve Siri, Dictation, and other language processing features such as voice control. A small fraction of the queries reviewed can be stored for more than two years without a random identifier for Siri to be continually improved. ”

Before you start: If you have multiple Apple devices, you will need to follow the steps below on each one individually. For example, to delete Siri history on iPhone, you must follow the steps on your phone. And to clear Siri history on iPad or another iPhone, you need to follow these steps again.

How to delete Siri history on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open iPhone Settings, scroll down and tap Siri & Search.
  2. Tap Siri and dictation history.
  3. Tap Delete Siri & Dictation History and confirm.

After following the above steps, your Siri requests and dictation associated with a random ID will be deleted.

How to prevent Apple employees from seeing your Siri data

Apple stores your Siri and Dictation interactions by default. And they can be viewed by Apple employees to develop and improve Siri and Dictation.

Now, if an Apple employee hears me asking Siri about the weather, it doesn’t really matter. But what if I accidentally activate Siri (all you need to do is press one button), and during this I have some important conversation? This sound will also be sent to Apple’s servers, saved, and Apple employees can listen to it.

In short, I always disable this feature. I do not want anyone else to listen to my Siri sound for reasons of my privacy. If you want the same thing too, follow these steps.

  1. Open iPhone settings and click on “Privacy”.
  2. At the bottom, click Analytics & Improvements.
  3. Turn off Enhance Siri & Dictation.
  4. Also: If you want, you can turn off all other switches here.

Disable Siri for third-party apps on iPhone and iPad

If the app developer wants, he / she can make the app work alongside Siri. For example, Indian food delivery apps like Swiggy and Zomato. I just call Siri and tell me where my order is, and Siri talks to the food delivery app and tells me the status.

Likewise, sharing apps like Ola, messaging apps like WhatsApp, etc. have Siri support. Can you call Siri and tell me where is my car? Or send Mehak a WhatsApp message.

Now that you enable Siri and third-party apps to integrate, data from those apps can also be sent to Apple for Siri to process your command. In addition, part of your request is also passed on to a third party application.

You can prevent this by preventing the app from using Siri. Do you want to know how to do it? Here are the steps!

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap Siri & Search.
  2. Tap the name of the application you want.
    Unfortunately, there is no single place where you can see all the apps that use Siri.
  3. Disable the Use with Ask Siri option.

How to prevent an app from using Siri for transcription

If you’ve allowed the app to use Siri for transcription, it can send your voice data to Apple. You can limit this by preventing the app from using Siri for transcription.

  1. Open iPhone settings and click on “Privacy”.
  2. Click Speech Recognition and disable it for allowed apps.

How to turn off location services for Siri on iPhone and iPad

Need extra privacy and don’t want your location sent to Apple when you make a Siri request? Follow the instructions below.

Note. After turning off location access for Siri, it cannot respond to requests such as “ What’s the weather today? But he will answer if you are specific. Like, ‘ What’s the weather like in New Delhi, India today? Also, certain commands that require positioning will not work either.

  1. Open iPhone settings and click on “Privacy”.
  2. Tap Location Services.
  3. Scroll down and tap Siri & Dictation.
  4. Now select Never.

Turn off Siri personalization for syncing on your Apple devices

Siri data can be synced via iCloud, providing the same personal experience across all your Apple devices. However, if you want to stop this, follow these steps.

  1. Open iPhone settings and tap your name at the top.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Scroll down and turn off Siri.

How to completely turn off Siri on your iPhone or iPad

Before we get into the steps for disabling Siri, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Siri is the default voice assistant on your iPhone. It’s easy to get started and works pretty well. You can use Google Assistant or Alexa on your iPhone, but they will be limited to the respective apps. You cannot call them from the lock screen or anywhere else. In short, they’re not perfect Siri replacements for your Apple device.

That being said, if you want absolute privacy, don’t care about Siri, or can work with other voice assistant apps, etc., you can follow the steps below to turn it off.

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap Siri & Search.
  2. Turn off Listen to Hey Siri.
  3. Turn off Press the Side / Home button for Siri → Turn off Siri.

How to block Siri and Dictation on iPhone or iPad altogether

You can also use Screen Time to restrict the use of Siri on your child’s or your child’s iPhone or iPad. Here’s how.

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Once inside, click on Content and Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Tap Allowed Apps.
  4. Disable Siri and Dictation.

After that, you will not be able to use Siri and Dictation on this iPhone. Even the Siri and Search option normally visible in the Settings app will be hidden. You will need to follow the same steps to remove restrictions for voice assistant and dictation.

Disable dictation on iPhone

I’ve been using Apple devices for years, but rarely use the dictation feature. This is great. But if you prefer to enter text or want more privacy, you can turn it off. Here’s how.

  1. Open iPhone settings and tap General.
  2. Tap Keyboard.
  3. Disable the Turn on dictation option.

Note. If you are using a third-party keyboard such as SwiftKey as your primary and only iPhone keyboard, you will not see the Enable Dictation toggle in Step 3. Also, if you have restricted Siri and Dictation, you will not see either. this option.

Important: After you completely disable Siri and Dictation on your iPhone (both steps above), Apple will automatically delete your Siri data associated with a random ID. (What we did in the first step.)

Leave a Comment