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How to delete Apple’s Siri search history from iPhones

Apple was in the headlines a couple of days ago for its Siri voice assistant, which was apparently being monitored by third-party contractors in order to improve it. As mentioned by a report by The Guardian, the process also gave those vendors access to voice recordings of iPhone users, putting the user data at risk. Apple later discontinued the ‘grading’ program for Siri and said they’re running some internal tests before they could take any step on it. Meanwhile, if you are a Siri user and are not really comfortable with this, there’s a way to delete your Siri search history. Here’s how you can do it.

There are two ways to do this and one of this requires users to disable the service completely. If you want to keep using Siri but delete the search history, here’s what you need to do.
  • Quit Safari on your iPhone if you currently have it open
  • Open the ‘Settings’ app
  • Scroll down and select the Safari app
  • Click ‘Clear History’
In case you want to delete the history and disable the Siri service completely, follow these steps:
  • Open the ‘Settings’ app
  • Select the ‘Siri’ option inside the ‘General’ tab
  • Tap on the Siri option to disable it
  • Go back to the main ‘Settings’ app page
  • Select ‘General’ tab again followed by ‘Keyboard’
  • Disable the ‘Dictation’ option
Apple even confirmed the news to The Guardian, stating that “A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.”


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