Check out this list of useful offline Siri commands on your iPhone and iPad that work without an internet connection, including messaging, networking, setting timers and much, much more.
Siri has gone offline. Now what?
With offline support, on-device speech processing and on-device personalization, Siri can perform certain tasks without an internet connection. On-device speech processing lets the smart assistant parse the audio of your request into text, directly on the device, without sending anything to the cloud, according to the iOS 15 Preview page on the Apple website.
Before using Siri in offline mode, be sure that your devices meet the minimum system requirements in terms of required hardware and software for offline Siri functionality. Also, it’s worth mentioning that even though the benefits of offline Siri include increased privacy and speed, they still do not outweigh Siri’s vastly increased scope and usefulness in online mode.
Follow along with us as we show you how to launch apps, set timers and alarms, change settings, control music and more, all with your voice and while Siri is completely offline.
How to use offline Siri commands on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
Use this list of handy offline Siri commands that work without an internet connection on your iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 15 or later or your iPad with iPadOS 15 or later.
No longer does Siri throw an error when asked to open Photos, Camera, Settings, Twitter or some other app while offline. Now you can say things like “Launch Photos” or “Open Twitter” while offline to instantly see the requested app spring to life.
Control media playback
Now you can change the volume, play/pause your music and skip forward/backward while Siri is offline. Simply articulate your wish in terms of controlling media playback and Siri will oblige, even when your device is without an internet connection.
Toggle Dark mode
Aside from quickly toggling Apple’s system-wide Dark Mode option through Control Center, you can now ask Siri to do the same even if you don’t have an internet connection. Say something like “Dark Mode on” or “Dark Mode off” and Siri will carry out your order instantly.
One of the most-used voice commands is now available while Siri is offline. Now “Hey Siri, set my alarm for 5am”, “Hey Siri, set my Work alarm”, “Hey Siri, What alarms do I have set?” and similar will just work, no internet connection required whatsoever.
Cooking, camping and traveling without a cellular connection has become easier with the ability to use Siri in offline mode. Just say aloud your voice command, like “Set the timer for 3 minutes” or “Stop the timer” without worrying whether Siri is online or offline.
Read new messages
Siri can read your texts and iMessages while offline. Simply say aloud a command like “Read my new messages” or similar. But it doesn’t stop with the preinstalled Messages app—any messaging apps that use Apple’s CallKit framework automatically support offline functionality out of the box (“Hey Siri, read my new messages on WhatsApp”).
A dedicated slider in Control Center is the fastest way to adjust brightness, but sometimes you want to precise the brightness levels, like 45 percent. Instead of going to Control Center, you can invoke Siri while offline and issue a brightness-related command like “Increase brightness”, “Decrease brightness”, “Set screen brightness to 35%” or some such.
Toggle Airplane mode
Now voice commands such as “Toggle Airplane Mode on” and “Toggle Airplane Mode off” will do the trick whether Siri is online or offline. This is useful if AirPlane mode is on and you want to turn it off with your voice but Siri lacks an internet connection. Using AirPlane mode whenever possible is a great way to save more battery and reduce distractions. And now you can toggle AirPlane mode at any time, with a simple voice command.
Another setting you can change with offline Siri is Wi-Fi. With voice commands like “Enable Wi-Fi” or “Disable Wi-Fi,” you can quickly disable Wi-Fi networking on the device even when you have no internet connection (this is the same as manually toggling Settings → Wi-Fi).
This lets you quickly toggle Bluetooth when Siri is offline with voice commands like “Toggle Airplane Mode on” and “Toggle Airplane Mode off”. When turning Bluetooth off via Siri, iOS completely shuts down Bluetooth radios. This will prevent features that require Bluetooth, such as Apple Watch connectivity and AirDrop, from working until Bluetooth is re-enabled.
Toggle cellular data
Like with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you can now use your trusted Siri assistant to quickly toggle cellular data on or off, even if Siri is offline. The ability to use commands like “Turn on cellular data” and “Turn off cellular data” with one’s voice is especially useful when traveling and you want to save yourself from unwanted cellular charges.
The benefits of offline Siri
With offline Siri, no data is ever sent to Apple. This includes the audio of your spoken request, the “Hey Siri” hot word and the actual request. With on-device processing, Siri recognizes your voice, turns speech into text and responds without requiring the power of the cloud.
In other words, offline Siri is the most private Siri ever. And by not having to waste time sending to and receiving data from Apple’s servers, offline Siri is much, much faster for supported voice commands compared to using the same commands while Siri is online.
On the other hand, Siri can understand only a fraction of commands in offline mode. That’s quite understandable because any Siri commands that use online information or require talking to third-party knowledge sources will continue to require an internet connection.
Offline Siri: system requirements
The offline Siri features are supported by the following hardware and software:
- iPhone and iPod touch with the Apple A12 Bionic chip and iOS 15.0 or later
- iPad with the Apple A12 Bionic chip and iPadOS 15.0 or later
For many types of requests in iOS and iPadOS 15, Siri no longer needs an internet connection:
- App launch
- Audio playback
- Alarms and timers
- Dark Mode
And that’s all you need to know about offline Siri in iOS 15.