How to turn off Siri or Google Assistant on iPhone and Android

You don’t want your smartphone to be able to chat with you through its voice assistant? Here’s how to turn off this feature on iPhones and Android smartphones.

Voice assistants have, for a few years, been nestled at the heart of our smartphones. Google has installed its “Assistant” on all of its Android smartphones. On the Apple side, it’s Siri who has lived in iPhones for 10 years now.

These artificial intelligences present in the palm of our hands are now able to help find cooking recipes, set alarms, and do quick calculations. But it also happens sometimes to trigger off in an impromptu way, potentially picking up small bits of conversation. It’s less of a problem than it was a few years ago, but if you don’t want to take any chances, here’s how you can turn off Siri and Google Assistant.

Note all the same, Siri and Google Assistant are also the engine behind several “smart” features of your smartphone. Traffic alerts in the event of an appointment, reading notifications, reminders of important events… All this is made possible thanks to these AIs. If you want to turn them off, keep these points in mind.

Disable Google Assistant on an Android smartphone

To turn off Google Assistant on an Android phone, here are the steps:

  • Open the google app
  • Click on your profile picture top right
  • Click on Settings
  • Click on Google Assistant
  • Go down to the section General
  • Disable the Google Assistant thanks to the switch
  • Validate
How to deactivate Google Assistant // Source: Screenshot

Disable Siri on iPhone

On iPhone, to deactivate the Siri voice assistant, here’s how to operate.

  • Go to Settings app
  • Choose Siri and search
  • Toggle off the three switches linked to Siri (detect “Hey Siri”, Side button for Siri, Siri with locked screen)
  • Confirm by clicking on Disable Siri in the window that appears
How to turn off Siri // Source: Screenshot

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