The Apple Watch is one of the more feature-complete smartwatches on the market these days and with the inclusion of Siri, can perform tasks many other smartwatches cannot. That said, if you want to turn off the “Hey Siri” function, here is how.

The Apple Watch comes complete with a whole host of Siri functionality. You can use it to navigate, text people, make calls, check the time in other locales, and much more. You can access Siri by pressing and holding the digital crown down until Siri appears to ask you what it can help you with.

You can achieve the same result by turning the wrist toward your mouth, speaking into the Watch, and saying “Hey Siri.” The latter method is obviously very convenient but you may not want to activate SIri in such a fashion. In fact, you may not use Siri on your Watch at all, or you may simply wish to activate it solely by pressing on the digital crown.

In any event, you can deactivate the “Hey Siri” feature if you desire. The first thing you will need to do is open the Settings on your Watch.

In the Settings, tap open the “General” category.

In the General settings, scroll to and tap open “Siri”.

With the Siri settings open, you will only have one option to attend to, which is the “Hey Siri” one. If you no longer want to be able to access Siri when you wake the watch, then simply tap off “Hey Siri”.

As we mentioned, the only way now to access Siri is by pressing and holding the digital crown until Siri appears.

Being able to queue up Siri with a flick of your wrist is actually a pretty useful feature but if you don’t use Siri, or want to avoid interacting with it as much as possible, then turning off “Hey Siri” integration is probably something you will want to do.

That said, if you ever want to reinstate Siri to its hands-free status, simply turn “Hey Siri” back on in that same way you turned it off. We hope you found this article helpful. If you would like to add anything, such as a comment or question, we welcome your feedback in our discussion forum.

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