Stop Siri from reading aloud your texts when using Apple Watch with AirPods

Did you just get your first Apple Watch? Excited about the features on your watch and AirPods but annoyed with the constant Siri voice reading aloud your text messages?

The good news is that yes, you can stop Siri from reading out your text messages on your Apple Watch by changing just a few setting changes.

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Disable Siri from reading out your text messages on Apple Watch

This behavior of Siri is actually a feature that can be controlled via the Settings app.

The central idea behind this Announce Message feature is to provide you easy access to your text messages without tapping through your Apple Watch or accessing your iPhone.

Here is how you can disable this feature on your Apple Watch to prevent Siri from reading aloud your texts

  1. First, open your watch’s Control Center and see if the Announce Message icon is there–if so tap it to turn it off so it’s grayed out and not active Announce messages with Siri in apple watch control center
    1. If it’s not responding, make sure you place your AirPods in your ears
    2. And if you don’t see this control, add it first to your iPhone’s Control Center, then restart your Apple Watch
  2. Open the Settings App on your Apple WatchStop Siri from reading messages aloud
  3. Scroll down and tap on Siri
  4. Next tap on Announce MessagesDisable Announce Message on Apple Watch
  5. Disable this setting by toggling it off

That’s it!

You can also make this change on your paired iPhone

  1. Open Settings > Siri & Search
  2. Scroll down to Announce Messages
  3. Toggle off Announce Messages with Siri Turn off Announce Messages with Siri on iPhone

Turning off Announce Messages with Siri does not turn off Siri

When you disable the Announce Messages, it does not disable any other Siri features.

For example, you can still use Siri for sending messages using your Apple Watch.

Give it a try!

Raise your Apple Watch and say ‘Hey Siri, Send a message to (enter in a name or even your own name) that I will be late to the meeting’.

As soon as you lower your arm, the message is sent out automatically.

Want to announce messages with Siri but at a lower volume?

What if you didn’t want to completely stop this feature but instead want Siri’s message announcements at a lower volume?

Currently, the only way we know of is to manually turn the volume down when Siri is actually reading (announcing) a message. 

A quick way to adjust Siri’s volume for announcing messages is to send yourself a message (or ask a family member.) Then adjust Siri’s volume as it reads the message using your paired iPhone. volume controls on iPhone

You can do this via Settings, but it requires you to lower Siri’s volume for everything.

There is no way to turn down Siri’s volume just for the Announce Messages feature. But we wish there was!

How to adjust Siri’s volume on your Apple Watch

  1. On your watch, open the Settings app
  2. Go to General > Siri
  3. Scroll down to Voice Volume — Speaker
  4. Tap the speaker icons, inside the volume slider, or tap the slider and turn the Digital Crown to lower and raise Siri’s volume change the volume of Siri on Apple Watch

Remember, any adjustments you make here are universal to all of Siri!

Calibrating Audio Volume when using Apple Watch and AirPods

Using the Settings App on your Apple Watch > Tap on Siri and scroll down to the section after Voice Feedback and you find Voice Volume.

Tap on the speaker icons to control how loud Siri’s response is when you use Siri.Manage Siri Volume on Apple Watch

One other setting that is helpful for users who are sensitive to loud sounds, in general, is disabling loud sounds.

In order to do this,  open up the Settings app on your Apple Watch, tap on Sounds & Haptics and scroll down to the section HEADPHONE AUDIO.Headphone audio feature apple watch

Here you can tap on Reduce Loud Sounds. Enable this feature and by tapping on the speaker icon, calibrate it to the decibel levels that you want to use.Reduce Loud Sounds feature apple watch


New additions to Siri for Apple Watch

With the introduction of watchOS 7, Siri is faster in its response, and overall the performance when it comes to voice detection and response is many times better than what it used to be on watchOS 6. 

The best way to try it out is by using on-device dictation!

If you are new to the Apple ecosystem and were using Spotify before for Music, Siri now works with Spotify! 

We hope that you found this article helpful. Follow us for new tips, tricks, and tutorials for your wearables!

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In my day job, I advise fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health&fitness-tech evolution and keep a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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