When writing a message using Siri, the software will stop listening for the message at the slightest pause.

For example:

Me: Send a message to John

Siri: Okay, what would you like it to say?

Me: Hi John...

Siri: Okay, your message to John is "Hi John", would you like me to send it?

And this continued every time I left a pause to think what I wanted to say next.

Really annoying. Especially when driving or cycling.

Is there a way to make Siri wait and listen properly?

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    Learn to talk to siri differently, she's not human.... "send message to john, hi john i'm on the way" all one sentence. just get your thoughts together first and say it all at once, don't have a conversation with her, you will always be displeased with the result.
    – Tyson
    Mar 9, 2015 at 13:59
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    @Tyson I'm with you - in fact, I value people that text me actionable bits instead of narratives. The whole "Hi Mike, I was wondering if you had time to" means that they shouldn't have used instant messaging to request something. It's almost like having a robot to teach us when to be to the point is helping (at least some segment of people) us communicate more clearly.
    – bmike
    Mar 9, 2015 at 14:12
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    This is where Dictation in the messages app shines for longer texts. Mar 9, 2015 at 14:20
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    "Hi John, um, um, um, um, can you make it to the meeting tomorrow? Um um um..."
    – Michael
    Mar 9, 2015 at 19:04
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    @Tyson You guys are dissecting the content of what she's saying though, not the problem. This same quirk annoys me endlessly. it doesn't have to be "Hi John bla bla..." ANY microscopic pause in the message, even less than one second, "...aand don't forget to" and she'll cut you off. It's very frustrating behavior, and I would give a lot to even have a slightly higher threshold.
    – Cyprus106
    Mar 9, 2015 at 23:01

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No - Siri currently has no way to program the pauses to detect when you are done speaking. You could have siri open notes and then use the dictation feature to dictate your thoughts with pauses using the keyboard command and then edit them and then finally push that composed thought to messages, but it defeats the ease of using siri to automate the sending of your message.

Without knowing your context (Are you driving and totally hands free? Are you without function of arms/fingers either temporarily or permanently?) it's hard to see if there's a solution to your end goal, but your short term solution is to change the way you interact with Siri to leave less pause. Perhaps just skipping the formality of "Hi John" and just blurt out what you need John to know/do.

Once you've trained yourself to get the main message sent you can work on tacking on "comma thanks so much exclamation point" (or period) or whatever you wish to humanize the main point that's about to be sent.

  • Good questions about context: it's for driving and cycling.
    – Baumr
    Aug 21, 2015 at 14:31
  • @Baumr Yes - iPhone microphone just doesn't work for me in the car or on the bike. Apple watch somehow works way, way much better - probably the distance of my mouth to the microphone and possibly the hardware is better.
    – bmike
    Aug 21, 2015 at 14:48
  • Thanks for sharing. I use the microphone of my Apple Ear Pods when cycling — I think it's more about the software not being clever enough.
    – Baumr
    Oct 5, 2015 at 12:51

As far as I'm aware there is no way to get around this if you want to continue to use Siri from the lock screen or by holding the home button.

Your only solution at the minute is either to make sure you say everything without pausing or enable and use the dictation feature on the keyboard - It listens indefinitely until you tap on 'done' so you will be able to pause to think without getting cut off.


Just continue to hold down the home button (or Siri microphone button) after Siri has been activated and you have started talking.

If you do this, Siri will wait until you let go of the button to process what you have said, so you can make pauses to your heart's content without triggering the "I've stopped" action.


Or u could just go 2 the voice setting and change it 2 never expire, cuz that’s what I did.

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