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How To Stop Siri From Reading Messages On Airpods

AirPods has a unique feature that some users find useful while others find it irritating. AirPods allows Siri to read out text messages as soon as they arrive on the connected iPhone or iPad. After listening to the text messages, users can speak and reply to the text messages hands-free.

It may seem to be a great feature, but sometimes, it is distracting, especially when the user is engaging in doing something important. If you want to stop Siri from reading out any messages on AirPods, we will illustrate the steps thoroughly.

Why Should You Disable AirPods Reading Text Messages option?

There are several reasons why some users prefer to turn on Siri by reading text messages. First of all, Siri starts reading text messages as soon as it arrives over any other app or activity the user could be performing on the iPhone. Therefore, it suddenly interrupts the operation of the user who is engaged in his iPhone. This means if you are listening to any podcast or music, watching any video, and even playing games, Siri stops them on a priority basis and reads out the text messages.

If your AirPods are connected, you can listen to text messages. This sudden interruption is going to break your concentration and irritate you if multiple messages drop in frequently. That is why most iPhone users tend to disable the AirPods announcing text messages option.

How To Prevent Siri From Announcing Text Messages On AirPods?

So you have decided that you have had enough of Siri announcing text messages on AirPods and interrupting and irritating you. Here are the steps to stop Siri from reading text messages on AirPods.

Step 1: On your iPhone, open the Settings app.

Step 2: From Settings, tap on Control Center.

Step 3: Under Included Controls list, find Announce Messages option.

Step 4: Tap on Minus icon by the side of Announce Messages option to remove it from the Included Controls list.

This should get the job done and you will not find Siri reading text messages to your AirPods.

How To Prevent Siri From Announcing Text Messages Completely?

In the previous method, you stopped Siri from reading text messages to AirPods. If AirPods are not connected, Siri will still read text messages on your iPhone or any other connected audio device. To prevent Siri from reading text messages completely, here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Open Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: From Settings, choose Notifications option.

Step 3: Tap on Announce Message with Siri option.

Step 4: On the next screen, turn off “Announce Message with Siri” option.

You can always come back and turn it on if you want Siri to read out text messages in the future.

How To Prevent Siri From Reading Texts From Your Apple Watch?

You can even prevent Siri from reading out text messages aloud from Apple Watch instantly instead of your iPhone. It is useful when a message has come and Siri has started to read it aloud and you can control it instantly from your Apple Watch rather than taking out your iPhone. Here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: On your Apple Watch, swipe up to go to Control Center.

Step 2: Scroll down the list of icons and find the Announce Messages icon. It is similar to what you see on your iPhone.

Step 3: Tap on Announce the Messages icon to turn it off. Alternatively, you can press and hold the icon to get the options to choose from.

This will stop Siri from reading messages and you can always turn it on whenever you want.

How to Disable Siri From Reading Texts From Control Center?

The easiest way to turn off Siri from reading text messages instantly and temporarily is via Control Center. If the option is not available, you can go to Settings> Control Center and put the Announce Messages icon in the Included Controls list. Here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Swipe down on your iPhone from the right corner.

Step 2: Turn off Announce the Messages with Siri by tapping on the icon having white box with black border and a sound wave in the corner.

Step 3: Alternatively, one can click and hold the Announce Messages icon. You will get options to turn off Siri from reading text messages for a day or for an hour as per your requirements. Therefore, you can temporarily disable announcement messages by Siri from Control Center.


It can be very irritating when Siri reads out text messages on AirPods as soon as they arrive. The worst part is that it overrides any app or activity you are performing on your iPhone. In fact, it overrides anything you are listening to on your AirPods. Naturally, you may want to discontinue this service and hence, we have illustrated all the steps to disable Siri from reading text messages.

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