If you’re seeing a blue microphone icon in your iPhone’s status bar, it probably means that Voice Control is active. It’s a handy feature that lets you activate certain functions by talking, but it can get annoying if you’re in the middle of something else.
If you want to avoid the annoyance, you can turn off voice control. Specifically, you can disable the Press and Hold to Speak option.
1. Go to Settings
The voice control feature on the iPhone allows you to use your voice to perform tasks like sending a message or making a call. It’s useful for people who struggle with typing or for those who want to save battery power. However, the feature can be a privacy concern if you’re not careful.
If you’re concerned about your privacy, there are ways to turn off voice control on your iPhone. One way is to set a lock screen passcode and disable voice dialing. This will keep unauthorized users from pressing the Home button to make calls and prevent pocket calls from happening.
2. Tap General
If you’re sick of having Voice Control come on and interrupt you when you’re trying to work or play with your iPhone, you can turn it off. It’s quick and easy to do, and it will make your device less likely to interrupt you.
To turn off voice control on your iOS device, you can use the Settings app. You’ll need to know your phone’s model and version, so you can find the appropriate settings.
Tap General, then Accessibility to open the accessibility settings for your iPhone or iPad. This will give you options to adjust the settings for different parts of your phone, including the home button.
Under “Interaction,” choose what you want to do when you press and hold the Home Button, such as summon Siri, Classic Voice Control or nothing at all.
Then, you can also change the speed of the button (for older phones, it’s called the Side Button). This feature changes how quickly you can click the buttons on your device; it’s especially useful for navigating the menus of complex apps.
You can also customize your voice command language to ensure that Voice Control recognizes words and phrases you frequently use. If you don’t see a word that you use regularly, add it to the Vocabulary tab and Voice Control will show hints if it doesn’t know the correct one.
If Voice Control is not working correctly or not responding to commands, there could be a few reasons why. For example, you may have a glitch in the software or hardware, or your phone may be unable to read your command aloud.
3. Tap Accessibility
If you’re not a fan of voice control, you can easily turn it off on your iPhone. It can be useful when you need to control your device with a spoken command, but it can also cause some privacy issues.
There are two ways you can turn voice control off on your iPhone – the first is to disable it with the Home button, while the other option is to disable it with the side button. If you’re not sure which one to use, read on to find out how.
To turn off voice control, head to the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Accessibility. From there, you’ll need to scroll down and tap the Voice Control option.
This will disable the feature and remove the blue microphone icon from your status bar. You’ll also need to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS.
After updating, you’ll be able to activate voice control with the Side button again. However, you may encounter a few issues if this is your first time using the Back Tap option.
Luckily, there are several ways you can fix the issue, including resetting your Back Tap settings. This will wipe all your previous Back Tap settings, and you can then try it again.
4. Tap Voice Control
Voice control is a feature that lets you use your iPhone without touching the screen. It’s ideal for people with limited mobility or dexterity and can help you use almost any app on your phone with your voice.
The feature is available in most countries, though it does need an internet connection when it first starts up, so check that you have a good connection. You can also set a passcode to help protect your device from unauthorized use.
If you’ve been using the feature for a while and aren’t sure about how to turn it off, you can easily disable it by launching Settings on your iOS device and tapping Accessibility. Here you’ll find a list of Voice Control commands, and you can choose whether to enable them or not.
For example, you can set up a command to unlock your iPhone quickly. To do this, you can tap the Home button on your iPhone or the Side button if it’s an older style device, and then say “Hey Siri.”
You can also create your own custom commands. To create a new command, select Customize Voice Commands and then tap Create New Command. You’ll be able to specify what action it should perform and which applications it works with.