How to always show speech transcriptions of your Siri requests on iPhone & iPad

Siri transcriptions in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 - hero image

iOS and iPadOS 14 bring a brand new compact Siri interface which shows the assistant as an animated orb overlaid on top of your current context instead of taking up the whole display. By default, your iPhone or iPad does not show a real-time Siri transcription of your speech. Thankfully, you can change that so that Siri behaves like in iOS 13, and we show you how.

Follow along with us as we show you how to enable live Siri transcriptions of your requests in iOS 14 so you can verify that an iPhone or iPad is interpreting your requests accurately.

How to show Siri transcriptions on iPhone & iPad

Follow these steps to get Siri to transcribe your spoken requests in iOS and iPadOS 14:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Choose Siri & Search from the root list.
  3. Select Siri Feedback.
  4. Toggle on the option Always Show Speech to enable live transcripts of your requests.

Toggling this on will “show a transcription of your speech on screen for all requests” so that it works like in iOS 13 and previous versions, according to Apple’s description of the feature.

Siri transcriptions - the Always Show Speech option enabled in the Siri settings

Now everything you say to Siri is shown as a real-time transcription in a popup above the animated orb. I find it easier to use Siri with a live transcription of my speech because I can clearly see whether the assistant has heard my request correctly or if I need to start over.

Siri transcriptions - example image

You can also enable the option Always Show Siri Captions, which will show captions for all spoken text in a popup above the Siri orb alongside a transcription of your request. While Siri displays most results in a banner at the top of the screen, enabling captions makes it easier to see both your request and Siri’s response as raw text at the bottom of the screen.

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