With iOS 15, Apple lets you enable notification announcements on your connected AirPods. This is a great feature, no doubt, but we won’t be surprised if some users found it to be a bit of a constant disturbance. If you are one of those who wish to turn off the message announcement on Airpods, here is how you can do that.
There are three ways to stop Airpods from announcing notifications on your iPhone: Via Settings, Control Centre, and even your Apple Watch. Let’s take a look.
How to Turn Off Announce Notifications on AirPods using Settings
First, open the Settings app on iOS and tap on the ‘Siri & Search’ option.
Inside the ‘Siri & Search’ screen, select the ‘Announce Notifications’ option.
On the next screen, toggle ON the ‘Announce Notifications’ switch at the top.
Now, toggle the ‘Headphones’ switch under ‘Announce When Connected to’ to ON position to make sure Siri reads out whenever you receive an important text or notification on your iPhone.
Additionally, you can toggle ON the ‘CarPlay’ option under the same section if you want Siri to announce your incoming notifications when you’re driving. This will save you some time that it previously took you to manually tap on the screen every time you received a text when driving.
Since the new ‘Announce Notifications’ feature comes with the ability to respond to them hands-free, Apple has by default disabled a ‘Reply without Confirmation’ toggle so that Siri repeats whatever you just asked it to respond to. You can, however, enable this ‘Reply without Confirmation’ toggle to avoid an announcement from Siri every time you ask it to craft a message.
How to Turn Off Announce Notifications on AirPods using Control Centre
Apple offers an easy way to enable or disable Announce Notifications by letting you toggle the feature on and off through your iPhone’s Control Center. But before we get there, you need to first add the Announce Notifications shortcut to the Control Center. To do that, open the Settings app on iOS and select ‘Control Center’.
Inside the Control Center, scroll down the ‘More Controls’ section and tap on the green ‘+’ button adjacent to ‘Announce Messages with Siri’ option.
This will add the Announce Notifications shortcut to your Control Center. To access it:
- On iPhones without Home Button: Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen.
- On iPhones with a Home Button: Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen.
When Control Center appears, tap on the ‘Announce Messages with Siri’ shortcut (the square icon marked with a waveform) that you added earlier. This will turn off the feature and you will stop receiving notification announcements on AirPods.
How to Turn Off Announce Notifications on AirPods using Apple Watch
The method of turning off Announce Notifications on the Apple Watch is similar to that on the iPhone since both steps involve the Control Center. On the Apple Watch, tap and hold on the bottom of the screen and open the Control Center by swiping up on the screen.
Inside the Control Center, tap the Bell icon with a waveform to disable the Announce Notifications option if it has been enabled.
How to Choose which Apps you get Siri Announcements from
Once you have enabled the ‘Announce Notifications’ option inside Settings, you can configure which apps you want to get Siri announcements from individually.
On your iPhone
To do select which apps you get announcements from on your iPhone, open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to Siri & Search > Announce Notifications.
Inside the Announce Notifications screen, scroll down and select the app you want to configure announcements from under the ‘Announce Notifications From’ section.
On the next screen, toggle on the ‘Announce Notifications’ option inside each of the apps so that you only get the notifications you’re interested in hearing.
On Apple Watch
To do select which apps you get announcements from on your Apple Watch, open the Settings app.
Inside Settings, go to Siri > Announce Notifications.
You should see the list of apps that are installed on your iPhone and Watch. Tap on the apps you want to get audio notifications from.
That’s all there is to know about making Siri announce notifications on your iPhone.