Announce Messages with Siri on AirPods

When you're wearing your AirPods or compatible Beats headphones, Siri can announce your incoming messages. Then you can reply instantly, hands-free.

What you need

Siri can announce your incoming messages with these headphones:

  • AirPods Max
  • AirPods (2nd generation)
  • AirPods Pro
  • Powerbeats
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Beats Solo Pro

Your compatible headphones need to be paired with one of these devices:

  • iPhone with iOS 14.3 or later
  • iPad with iPadOS 14.3 or later


Announce Messages with Siri

How to turn on Announce Messages with Siri

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Notifications, then tap Announce Messages with Siri.
  3. Turn on Announce Messages with Siri.

With this feature turned on, Siri reads your incoming messages out loud when your headphones are connected to your iPhone or iPad, you're wearing them, and your device is locked. Siri plays a tone, then announces the sender's name and reads the message. If a message is long, Siri announces the sender's name and just says that they sent you a message. You can ask Siri to read the full message, or you can open your iPhone or iPad to read it.

In Settings > Notifications > Announce Messages with Siri, you can also manage which contacts Siri reads messages from. Tap Messages, then select from Favourites, Recents, Contacts or Everyone.

If you customise Control Centre on your iPhone or iPod touch, or iPad, to include Announce Messages with Siri, you can use Control Centre to turn the feature on or off quickly.

How to reply to messages

  1. Wait for Siri to read the message. Siri then listens for your reply.
  2. Tell Siri you'd like to reply, then say your message. Say something like "Reply 'I'm on my way'" or "Tell her 'I'll meet you there'". When you stop talking, Siri reads your reply back to you and asks if you want to send it. 

You can get Siri to send your reply immediately, without reading it back first. Go to Settings > Notifications > Announce Messages with Siri and turn on Reply Without Confirmation.

If you're receiving multiple messages at the same time, you can quickly pause Announce Messages with Siri by taking out one of your AirPods or removing your headphones.

If you can’t hear Siri announcements

If you can’t hear Siri announcing your messages, try these steps:

  1. Make sure you're using a compatible device.
  2. Make sure your AirPods or compatible Beats headphones are paired with your device in Settings > Bluetooth.
  3. Go to Settings > Notifications > Announce Messages with Siri and make sure Announce Messages with Siri is turned on. Then tap Messages and make sure Announce Messages with Siri is turned on there too.
  4. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is locked and its screen is dark. Siri doesn't announce messages if you're using your device.

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