changing Siri's beep

iOS and iPadOS

I just finished my first training session with a new blind iPad Air 2 owner. I often start with Siri to help trainees gain confidence and make some quick and easy progress. That didn't work today. The trainee's hearing doesn't register the high-pitched double beep that Siri uses to signal that it's waiting for him to start speaking. Sadly, the iPad can't vibrate like the iPhone now does. He has high frequency hearing loss and can hear Siri's speech fine, just not the beeps. I've looked for ways to change the sound that Siri makes to signal its readiness and found a rather invasive, techie solution that I'm reluctant to try to perform on a trainee's device - or mine, for that matter. Has anyone out there come up with a work around for this, please?



Submitted by Deng on Monday, October 19, 2015

Hi there. From my knowledge, there is no way of changing the sounds of any iOS device unless it is jailbroken.
I'm sorry.

Submitted by Justin on Monday, October 19, 2015

Hi. Completely agree with previous comment. As far as I know, there isn't a way to change the siri/apple sounds unless you jailbreak the device.
Sorry I can't be of more assistance to you guys here. Also on the iPhone, the only way to get vibrations is to turn off VO, however, you won't get confirming vibrations/beeps.

Submitted by Brian Negus on Monday, October 19, 2015

Thanks both, I was afraid that there was no safe way of changing Siri's "ready to listen" beeps so that someone with high-frequency hearing loss could hear them. I think I'll try to get around the problem by asking my trainee to hold the Home button down, count to three, then speak whilst holding the button down and then release the button. With hindsight, I should have tried this today. Oh well, next time...

Submitted by Brian Negus on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hi Ken, the unsafe - and definitely not recommended by me - way to change the Siri double beep requires the device to be jailbroken first and then follow the instructions here.
I've not tried this. I'm not prepared to jailbreak one of my devices. I prefer to stay in the relatively safe world of Apple control ;)

Submitted by charles on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

If the iPhone is a 6S or 6S Plus, you don't have to plug it into house current or to a PC with the USB cable. The older phones like my 6 must be usinga power source other than the battery, but the first thing I thought of when I read your message is to try "hey Siri". The beeps won't matter, because it is your voice that activates Siri. Platform 9 or higher works beautifully with this feature. HTH.

Submitted by Brian Negus on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

In reply to by charles

Thanks for that suggestion. My trainee has an iPad Air 2 and I suspect that this still requires a power cable for hey Siri. I'll check when we next meet. (I have an iPad Air.)