"Hey Siri" doesn't work in pocket

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tchescat2000, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. tchescat2000, Sep 25, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2015

    tchescat2000 macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013
    Saw this posted on Reddit and also have this issue (I reworked the writing to make a bit more sense):

    I have tried two iPhone 6s Plus phones and I have found that with the phone in my pocket the "Hey Siri" feature doesn't work. At first I thought it couldn't hear me, but now it looks like it's somewhat by design. It seems to be related to the new feature in iOS 9 that turns off the screen, when the proximity detector recognize a something close to it. Further research shows when the iPhone is facedown, the "Hey Siri" feature also does not work (also by design*). The problem is, this also results in the "Hey Siri" feature not working in my pocket.

    Unfortunately, I was hoping to be able to tell Siri to turn my lights on, while in my pocket, walking in the door at night. This bug/feature will prevent me from being able to do this. Would be nice if we could disable this temporary disable feature.

    Hey Siri-gate? :)

    * https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204389
    "You can turn off "Hey Siri" in Settings > General > Siri. In iOS 9 or later, you can also temporarily disable "Hey Siri" by setting your device face down."
  2. grantmo macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Mines doesn't work at all, it won't set up.

    All I get is 'didn't quite get that'
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Hey Siri only works when your iPhone is charging. That's why it won't work in your pocket.
  4. tchescat2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013
    This is very disappointing to me, as I was counting on this feature to work in pocket. :(
  5. tchescat2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013
    Not with the new phones, as this is one of the new features.
    "With iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, you can use “Hey Siri” without plugging in to power."
  6. doboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 6, 2007
    Not with 6s/6s plus.
  7. gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    This is no longer true as of the iPhone 6s. Hey Siri works at all times - unless the phone is face down or in a pocket, apparently.
  8. gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I would file feedback for this, as it may well be an unintentional consequence of the facedown detection.
  9. Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2012
    Also I wanted to add hey Siri doesn't work with the in line mic on the stock headphones.
  10. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    It also doesn't work if you yell "Hey Siri" into a pillow.
  11. BullittMustang macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2008
    I know it doesn't do you any good right now, but once a jailbreak is out for iOS 9 it may work. I have a 6 plus on iOS 8.3 and untethered hey Siri works perfectly in pocket.
  12. tchescat2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013
    I filed a bug report.
  13. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    ..or gag your mouth tightly.
  14. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Well colour me educated. Thanks for the heads up. :)
  15. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    It honestly doesn't work for me half the time even just sitting in the desk. I feel like I have to shot for it to hear me, and that's often not an option. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I'm disappointed this far with Siri. She has been mostly disappointing since her inception though, so I guess I'm used
    To it.
  16. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    In case no one has replied to you already to tell you this, hey Siri works unplugged on the 6s model phones.
  17. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Nobody has yet replied to tell me that, you're the first. Cheers peeps.
  18. protobiont macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010

    I did too. I hope plenty of others follow suit.
  19. Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2012
    Yea I filed a bug report too. Everything about Hey Siri works for me except when it has the apple EarPods plugged in it won't use the in line mic to listen for hey siri.
  20. Jordan921 macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    With the 6s and 6s plus the phones don't need to be charging for "Hey Siri" to work.
  21. Hutch1 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2008
    Guelph, ON
  22. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    Anybody got any new info about the headphones mic situation with Hey Siri?
  23. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    This is what I hope they find a way to fix.
  24. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    Hey Siri works fine on my new 6S Plus. I put it in my skinny jeans pocket and my robe as a test and Siri turned on every time I said Hey Siri.
  25. AbsynthMinded macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2015
    It has worked for me in my pockets...maybe because I have a small torso?

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