Apple wants you to believe that it respects user privacy. For years, it was secretly allowing its employees and third-party contractors to listen to your Siri recordings, including private conversations. But after a whistle-blower spilled the beans on Apple’s practices, the company has taken steps to ensure that you are in control of your data. One of those measures is to let you choose whether you want Apple to keep or delete your Siri and dictation history. It has also stopped sharing the recordings of your Siri conversations with third-party contractors.
The new iOS 13.2 update gives iPhone users a way to delete Siri history from Apple’s servers. If you don’t delete it, Apple will collect and analyze your Siri data to help improve its voice assistant. When you update your iPhone to iOS 13.2, it will ask you to opt-in to its program to help improve Siri. If you opted-in following the software update without paying attention to what it was about, you can easily opt-out.
Delete your Siri history
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update to download and install the iOS 13.2 if you haven’t already installed it
- Launch the Settings app and tap Siri & Search
- Next, tap Siri & Dictation History and then tap the red button that reads Delete Siri & Dictation History
- Confirm your action by tapping Delete Siri & Dictation History on the popup
Now you’ll get a message acknowledging that Apple has received your request and the information will be deleted.
How to opt-out of sharing your Siri data with Apple
If at some point, you opted-in to Apple’s Siri grading program, you can opt out of sharing your voice information with Apple in just a few taps.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Analytics & Improvements
- Look for Improve Siri & Dictation and toggle it off or on depending on whether you want to share your data (on) or not (toggle off)
How to delete your Siri history on other Apple devices
- If you own an iPad, update the software to iPadOS 13.2 then go to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History and tap Delete Siri & Dictation History
- On Mac computers, update the software to macOS Catalina 10.15.1. After updating, go to System Preferences and click on Siri. Now click on Delete Siri & Dictation History
- On Apple Watch, update the software to watchOS 6.1 and go to Settings > Siri > Siri & Dictation History. Then tap Delete Siri & Dictation History
It’s that easy. Let me know if you experienced any problem deleting it.