How to Make Siri Announce Notifications Though Speaker in iOS 16 on iPhone/iPad

With iOS 16, you can have Siri announce notifications on the speaker. If you often miss out on important notifications and wish there was a better way to keep track of the alerts, you should take advantage of this feature. So, if you find this feature worth giving a try, let me show you how to have Siri announce notifications on speaker on iPhone in iOS 16 or later.

Make Siri Announce Notifications on Speaker in iOS 16/iPadOS 16 on iPhone and iPad


Slightly buried under Settings, the ability to make Siri speak alerts is a notable Accessibility feature. It’s worth pointing out that Siri will avoid interrupting you and will listen after reading notifications. Therefore, you can respond or take action without saying “Hey Siri”.

Note that Siri will announce notifications from new apps that send Time Sensitive notifications or direct messages. When acting on a notification that supports replies, you can have Siri send them without first reading back the message.

Step 1. To get started, open the Settings app on your iPhone and iPad.

Step 2. Now, tap on Accessibility.

Step 3. Next, scroll down and choose Siri.

Step 4. Scroll down to the bottom and turn on the toggle for Announce Notifications on Speaker.

Step 5. Tap on Announce Notifications option.

Step 6. Now, you can make Siri reply without confirmation. To do so, turn on the toggle for Reply Without Confirmation.

Step 7. Finally, allow/disallow Siri to announce notifications from specific apps as per your needs. For instance, you can allow the calendar app to announce all notifications or choose to it let it announce only time-sensitive notifications. And if you do not need this feature, you can completely turn it off.

Now, make the necessary changes to the Siri settings and then quit the app. Whatever changes you make will come into effect straight away. Going forward, Siri will start announcing notifications on your device, thereby making it more convenient for you to find out what they are all about.

Wrapping up…

So, yeah, that’s how you can make the best use of this handy Accessibility feature. I guess from now onwards, you will never miss out on an important alert from your friends or loved ones. If you have found this guide helpful, you would like to catch up with the following ones as well:

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1 Comment

  1. I can get this to work on my iPhone 14, but not my iPhone SE2.

    Both use the same settings and IOS 16.3

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