How Siri works with multiple devices

Learn how Siri responds when there are multiple devices.

Which device responds to your voice

When you say "Siri" or ”Hey Siri” near multiple devices, the devices use Bluetooth to communicate with each other and determine which one should respond to the request. The device that responds is the one that heard you best or was recently raised or used.

HomePod responds to most Siri requests, even when other devices are nearby. To use Siri on a specific device, raise to wake that device or press the button to use Siri, then make your request.

What to do if the wrong device responds

  • Make sure that each device has Bluetooth turned on. If Bluetooth is turned off or a device isn’t in Bluetooth range of the other devices, multiple devices might respond to your request.

  • Make sure that each device is using the latest Apple software. If some are using older software, multiple devices might respond.

  • Make sure that "Siri" or ”Hey Siri” is turned on in Siri settings for each device.

  • If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can place it face down so that Siri doesn't respond to your voice.

  • If you have a HomePod, you can say ”Hey Siri, turn off Hey Siri,” or use the Home app to turn off Listen for "Hey Siri.” To turn it back on, touch and hold the top of HomePod, then say ”Turn on Hey Siri.”

  • If you have a Mac that supports Siri, you can close its lid so that it doesn't respond to you. And if ”Allow Siri when locked” is turned off in Siri settings, it also doesn't respond when the screen is locked.

Siri features vary by country or region.

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