How to bring down Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant

Digital assistants are useful gadgets to have around the house and on the go. They can help you with weather, road traffic, daily reminders, music suggestions, morning routines and more.

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Sometimes your smart assistant is just too loud. You walk down the street and pull out your phone and quietly ask to read your shopping list. Your assistant will then tell you the unmentionables you need. The same can happen with your smart speakers at home. Read on to find out how to disable smart assistants or turn them off.

Let it simmer, Siri

You can tell when Siri can speak and when she will remain silent, as well as control her volume. Here’s how to do it from your iPhone:

  • Open Settings > Accessibility > Siri and select When silent mode is off. Siri will speak if silent mode is disabled while using “Hey Siri” or when connected to a Bluetooth device or CarPlay.
  • Select Only with “Hey Siri” on the same screen and Siri will only speak when using “Hey Siri” or when connected to a Bluetooth or CarPlay device.
  • Use the volume buttons on the side of your phone to control Siri’s volume.
  • Say “Hey Siri, speak quieter” to lower the volume of the assistant.

You can also change Siri’s voice settings from your Mac:

  • Go to apple menu > System Preferences > Siri.
  • To toggle Voice feedback off to disable Siri. Their responses will still be displayed in the Siri window.
  • When Siri speaks, click the Volume control in the menu bar and drag the slider to adjust the volume.
  • You can also use the volume keys on your keyboard.

You can control Siri voice feedback and volume from your Apple Watch:

  • Open Settings > Siri and select Control with silent mode Where Helmet only.
  • Say “Hey Siri, speak quieter” to lower its volume.
  • Go to Settings > Siri > Voice Volume – Speaker and adjust as needed.
  • You can also press the slidethen turn the digital crown.

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Not so loud, Alexa

If you have an Echo speaker, you can use its physical buttons to lower the volume. You can also say, “Alexa, adjust the volume to [1-10]or “Alexa, volume down.”

You’ll have more control over Amazon’s smart assistant using the Alexa app:

  • Open the Alexa app and press After.
  • Go to Settings > Device Settings and tap the Echo device you want to edit.
  • Faucet Volume and adjust the audio slider to the desired level.

Whisper mode allows Alexa to respond to whispered commands with her whispered voice. Just say, “Alexa, turn on whisper mode.” You can also do it from the app:

  • Open the Alexa app and press After.
  • Go to Settings > Voice Responses.
  • To toggle Whisper mode on.

Finally, Alexa has a short mode that makes her less talkative and replaces responses with short sounds. Just say “Alexa, turn on brief mode” or use the app:

  • Open the Alexa app and press After.
  • Go to Settings > Voice responses.
  • Round Brief Mode on.

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Let’s keep it between us, Google

If you tap your Google Assistant instead of speaking, it will display text in the app and not speak a word out loud. You can use the physical buttons on your Google Home speaker to lower the volume or say “Hey Google, turn it down” or “Hey Google, volume up [1-10].”

Night mode lowers the Google Assistant volumes and dims the lights on your Google Nest or Home speaker:

  • Open the Google home app and touch and hold your device tile.
  • Faucet Settings > Notifications & Digital Wellbeing.
  • Faucet Night mode > Activate night mode.

You can configure the virtual assistant to only speak out loud when using a hands-free device:

  • Open the Google Assistant the application and access Settings > apps > Assistant > View all wizard settings.
  • Select Assistant voices and sounds > Telephone voice output.
  • Select None (except hands-free).

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