How to listen to music on earphones without Voice Control interfering

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  1. icymountain macrumors regular

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    I have an iPhone 6s, that I like a lot.

    Except that I cannot use it to listen to music (which I could do 8 years ago with iPhone 3G): when I plug my earphones, and start playing music, Voice Control seems to trigger randomly, often after just a few seconds of playing. So it of course makes it totally impossible to listen to anything.

    What could I do to really kill off this "feature" ?
    I have seen all sorts of methods that require turning on and off Siri and passwords, but none got me anywhere. Plus I *really* do not want Siri or Voice Control at all. I do not care for these, the screen interface is fine with me, and voice interface is a No Go (I do not need to inform the people seated next to me in the metro about what I do or ask my device to do, I cannot get why the smart engineers in Cupertino did not figure this out yet and put an easy off switch to all these).
     
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  3. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Your situation is weird actually. I played the music on my iPhone 6s Plus over a year and never encounter such issue.

    Or perhaps you are using a headphone with mic?
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    But voice control cannot be shut off completely.
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Is possible that the headphones have a short or other problem that is constantly attempting to do voice control?
     
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Have different headphones been tried? What about cleaning out the headphone jack?
     
  6. icymountain thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks a lot for your answers !

    I have indeed de-activated Siri, but that does not turn off Voice Control completely.
    I have tried two sets of earphones, but both have a microphone. So that could be the problem indeed. I may search for yet another set without a mic (though it is not too easy right now, as I am travelling).
     
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    I believe there's a way to disable Voice Control in accessibility settings in iOS 10 at least.
     
  8. icymountain thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think you are referring to "Voice Over".
    My issue is with "Voice Control" that never seems to completely turn off...
     
  9. bradbomb macrumors regular

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    It really sounds like something is either messed up with the headphone jack or the pairs of headphones you have. If you have tried multiple headphones, its likely the jack. Remember, headphones with a mic also have a button to answer calls, skip tracks, and on a long hold, activate voice control. The short in either the headphones or the jack is causing it to think there is constantly a long press on the button. Are the headphones you are using from the iPhone 3G or the brand new pair that came with the 6S?
     
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    No, Voice Control: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207301
     
  11. icymountain thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, thanks, I had not seen that (and the search did not point me to that option). I switched it, and will see and report...
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    I am using third party headphones, that are quite recent. There is a JVC one and a Sony one. I am actually thinking it is likely to be an issue with the Jack (unless the option pointed in the post above fixes my issue). I will see and report!
     
  12. icymountain thread starter macrumors regular

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    So far, it seems to work better than it ever did, so I am hypothesizing that this is the solution ! Many thanks again. I will post if the issue still comes back (and then I would look into the Jack thing).
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Well, it sounds like it might be the workaround, given that it shouldn't be required to turn all that off to avoid it all (as it shouldn't be turning on by itself randomly when you are using headphones).
     
  14. icymountain thread starter macrumors regular

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    Agreed!
    In my search, I also found some webpage showing that some third party jacks have problems with iPhone 6 / iPhone 6s jacks and can use a small rubber band to make them fit slightly differently and avoid some issues. That may actually be the root cause. I cannot find the link right now.
     
  15. icymountain thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can now say it is not the solution.

    It is a jack problem. I found that if I do not push the earphone connector all the way into the jack plug the issue does not happen (I have to leave, say about 1mm play). Of course this is not a robust solution. Some websites mention some kinds of "jack plug spacer". Annoying, and ridiculous.

    I cannot test with the earphones supplied with the iPhone right now, as I am travelling far from home.
     

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