Tired of the mundane “beep” that Siri does when you initially invoke her? Maybe you found our tutorial on how to make Siri say “Yes?” compelling?

If that wasn’t enough for you, then you can take it a step further and create your own custom Siri audio introduction as well. Check inside for our full tutorial…

Step 1: Create a custom 1-2 second audio file and name it jbl_begin with a .caf extension. See our video for more details.

Step 2: SSH into your device, and venture to the System/Library/Audio/UISounds/ directory, and rename the jbl_begin.caf file to jbl_begin.caf.old to save it off.

Step 3: Copy your custom jbl_begin.caf file to the System/Library/Audio/UISounds/ directory, then invoke Siri to test out the change. You should hear your custom sound instead of the standard Siri beep.

Notes: In this tutorial I used QuickTime and iTunes to create my custom jbl_begin.caf file. There are other methods to doing so such as GarageBand, and I’m sure there are Windows methods as well. I only took this so far, but as you can probably tell, it’s up to you how far you want to take this.

There will undoubtedly be a jailbreak tweak in the future that will allow you to record and create your own custom Siri intro sounds right on the device, but for now, this is a fairly easy to follow workaround. What do you think?

  • Looks like a waste of time but that’s my opinion

  • Either way, i can see someone complain about this, and how long or complicated, but nonetheless, great vid, Jeff. Definitely gonna try this out

  • Jeff: Hey Siri, I’m Jeff.
    Siri: No, I’m Jeff!

  • It would be great if we could customize these sound files using Siri’s voice

    • bribold1

      1) get a mac, 2) go to “System Preferences”, 3) go to “Dictation and Speech”, 4) pick the “Samantha” voice, 5) make samantha read something, 6) record it, 7) save file and convert it to .caf
      You are welcome

  • jeff you don’t have to covert you can just change the exstention to .caf
    and rename it to the same name as the siri files 😉

  • jose castro

    eventually some one will make the tweaks

  • Anonymous

    Jeff, what SSH program are you using in the video?

    • looks like panic’s transmit

      • Nope, it’s actually a web editor called Coda 2. I see that he is using it to SSH into his device.

  • nice vid….and may i ask what software or camcorder you use for screenshots / videos on computer / mac, as well as the youtube vids? quality is so clear!….

  • Lol Jeff, thank you so much, thx to you, I HAVE VADER AT MY COMMAND, at last 🙂

  • Do I have to install hands-free control first or just direct ssh into my device and do the needful?

  • can you send me the siri “yes” tones to me , my email is andyyap4158@hotmail.com . thank you !