How to use the smaller compact Siri on iPhone and iPad

Compact Siri on iPhone at Desk

You know what they say, good things come in small packages! And that’s just what Apple has done with your favorite virtual assistant in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Siri has a compact interface giving you more screen space.

When you make a request to Siri, no longer is your whole screen taken over. You have a nice and neat compact view of Siri as well as the results Siri provides you. Curious? Here’s how to use compact Siri.

A smaller Siri

You’ll still invoke Siri on your iPhone or iPad the same way as before. Whether you use the side button, home button, or words “Hey Siri,” you’ll still get Siri’s attention.

What’s different with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 is that Siri is smaller. The little colorful, moving ball representing Siri displays at the bottom center of your iPhone screen and bottom right of your iPad screen.

Compact Siri on iPhone and iPad

Optional feedback

If you’re used to receiving feedback from Siri with your requests, you have some new options with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

You can keep Siri completely compact as we show you above. Or, you can display Siri captions and a transcription of your speech.

Captions show you the spoken text from Siri. So if you ask Siri for the weather, you will be see and hear your current conditions. Transcriptions, on the other hand, simply show your command or request to Siri.

Compact Siri Captions Transcription on iPad
Siri with Captions and Transcriptions enabled

Note that both of these are disabled by default to keep Siri as compact as possible. But you can enable one or the other, or both.

Be sure to check out our tutorials for how to show Siri captions and enable live transcriptions for instructions and further details.

Compact results

Along with this smaller Siri you’ll get more compact results.

On iPhone, when you ask Siri to find you something, you’ll see those results display at the top, like a notification. And when you ask Siri for something within the knowledge bank, like a joke, you’ll see those results at the bottom.

Compact Siri on iPhone

On iPad, everything that Siri finds for you will display on the bottom right corner of your screen, regardless of the type of request.

You can tap to get further details on any of the results you receive from Siri. And those details will also appear compact, still saving you screen space.

Compact Siri Expand Results on iPad

If you ask Siri for help, get your results, and then want to ask for something else, just tap the ball of Siri again. And to put Siri away, you can press the same button you used to invoke Siri, take another action, or tap on your screen and Siri will disappear.

Wrapping it up

A smaller Siri means more screen space for you. And since Siri is just as easy to use as before iOS 14, this is a grand improvement to the virtual assistant.

What do you think about the compact Siri on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14? Are you happy with the change?