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? You can stop Siri from reading out your text messages on your Apple Watch easily with a few setting changes.
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 the need of either tapping through your Apple Watch or accessing your iPhone.
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Disable Siri from reading out your text messages on Apple Watch
Here is how you can disable this feature and prevent Siri from reading aloud your texts.
- Open the Settings App on your Apple Watch
- Scroll down and tap on Siri
- Next tap on Announce Messages
- Disable this setting
That’s it. Using the four easy steps above, you can stop Siri from reading out your texts when you are on your AirPods.
What if you didn’t want to completely stop this feature but instead wanted to lower the volume of Siri? You can try it out and see if it works better for you.
Calibrating Audio Volume when using Apple Watch and AirPods
Using the Settings App on your Apple Watch > Tap on Siri > Scroll down to the section after Voice Feedback and you will find Voice Volume. Tap on the speaker icons to control how loud Siri’s response will be when you are using Siri.
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’.
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.
When you disable the Announce Messages, note that it does not disable other Siri functions. 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 John Doe that I will be late to the meeting’. As soon as you lower your arm, the message is sent out automatically.
With the introduction of watchOS 7, Siri is faster in its response and overall the performance when it comes to voice detection and response are many times better than what it used to be on watchOS 6. The best way to try it out is using on-device dictation!
If you are new to the Apple ecosystem and were using Spotify before for Music, you will be happy to know that Siri now works with Spotify as well. This is another area where Siri can be super helpful.
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