iOS: How to Use Siri Hands Free From Your iPhone Lock Screen
by Andrew Orr, Feb 23rd, 2018 3:35 PM EST
It's possible to use Siri hands free from your lock screen, but sometimes
you might run into a bit of trouble like I did. Here's what I learned about
it, and how I solved my problem.
When I first got my AirPods, I was pleased at being able to use Siri just
with a double tap of my finger. I like being able to listen to music while
cooking dinner, and now I can leave my iPhone on my desk and change songs
with my AirPods.
But recently, I noticed that Siri was acting different. When I tried to
change music with my AirPods, I was forced to unlock my iPhone with my
fingerprint first. It seemed weird when I didn't have trouble before, but
then I figured out the problem.
Here's what happened. For a bit more privacy, I decided to hide notification
previews on the lock screen. You can do this on iOS by going to Settings >
Notifications > Show Previews. When you select "When Unlocked" you still get
notifications, but the content is hidden until you unlock it. This is a
great feature, and it prevents people from seeing your notifications when
your iPhone is on the table.
But it's also the reason why Siri stopped working. Even though I allowed
Siri access on the lock screen, under Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, I
still had to unlock the phone. And that's because the notification previews
interfered. I don't know why this happens, but you can fix the problem by
changing the notification previews to Always. This is turned on by default
on iPhone X because of Face ID.
Hopefully in a future iOS update, Apple can allow both Siri access and
hidden notification previews. It's a trade-off we have to make, because it
means anyone can use Siri if your phone is unlocked. But it makes it
impossible to use Siri with AirPods. Privacy versus convenience, as usual.
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