10 Ways to Fix Siri Translate Not Working on iPhone and iPad 

When it works, “Siri Translate” seems to be a super handy asset – especially while traveling abroad. While it can’t take on Google Translate both in terms of efficiency and versatility, no one can deny that Siri’s translation has vastly improved. However, there are times when it fails to work as expected, throwing weird errors. Worse, at times, it doesn’t even kick in – let alone offer a quick translation. Having gone into the root cause of the problem, I have shared a few effective tips to fix Siri Translate not working on iPhone and iPad. If this feature has begun to misbehave on your device as well, let’s head over the jump to fix it!

Fix Siri Translate Not Working in iOS 17 on iPhone and iPad 

As for the culprits that could be preventing Siri Translate from functioning perfectly, there are a couple of major roadblocks that you need to check out – beforehand. Incompatibility (requires iOS 11 or later) and availability. If you have known the Apple ecosystem and Siri, there is a decent possibility you might already have spotted these dark spots in the chin.

Beyond these two hurdles, there are quite a few other obstructions that tend to either block Siri from translating languages or stop it from delivering accurate translations on demand. But fret not, I have pinpointed each of the roadblocks and suggested ways to sort them out.

1. Right Way to Use Siri Translation

To begin with, it would be better to have a good hang of how Siri translation works.

  • Invoke Siri on your iPhone/iPad by using the Hey Siri voice command or pressing the power button.
  • Then, say something like, “Translate ‘How are you’ into Spanish?” or “What do you say, ‘How are you doing’ in French?”
  • Siri will get into action straightaway and instantly translate the phrase into the specified language. Moreover, it also speaks the translation aloud and shows it in written text.
  • For more help, you can hit the play button next to the translation to listen to the spoken translation again.
Use Siri translation on iphone and iPad

Note: Siri Translation is not available everywhere in the world. So, before starting to wonder why the virtual assistant is unable to translate language, ensure that the feature has been rolled out in your country or region.

2. Make Sure Siri Supports the Language

Another key thing that you must keep in mind is that Siri Translate supports only a few languages. Hence, make sure that the language you are trying to translate is supported.

Some of the most popular languages supported by Siri Translate include:

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

3. Check Internet Connection

Siri Translate requires a strong and stable internet connection to work properly. So, make sure your device is connected to a reliable Internet connection. You can use the airplane mode trick (Swipe down from the top right -> tap on the airplane mode icon to turn it on/off) to fix the sluggish internet connection.

Turn ONOFF Airplane Mode

4. Set English (United States) As the Primary Language

Setting English (United States) can also help resolve the Siri translation issues on your iOS device.

  • Dive into the Settings app -> Siri & Search -> Language -> Scroll down to find English (United States) and select it.
  • If prompted, make sure to reboot your iPhone.

5. Check Restrictions

While trying to customize content restrictions, you might have blocked Siri and Dictation on your iPhone.

  • Navigate to the Settings app -> Screen Time -> Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps and ensure that Siri & Dictation is enabled.
Remove restriction from Siri and dictation

6. Reset Siri

On quite a few occasions, I have brought the ill-functioning Siri back on track by just giving it a soft reset.

  • Launch the Settings app -> Siri & Search -> Listen For -> Choose Off. Also, turn off the toggle next to Press Side Button for Siri.
  • Now, restart your iPhone and set up Siri from scratch.
Turn off listen to Hey Siri

7. Update iOS

If your iPhone is running an outdated version of iOS, it might be behind the problem.

  • Go to the Settings app -> General -> Software Update -> check for the available software update and then download and install it.
Choose software update

8. Check Siri’s Server

If Siri Translate has continued to misbehave, make sure that Siri’s server is running well. Go to the Apple System Status website and ensure that Siri is functioning as usual.

9. Delete Siri History

For some users, wiping out Siri’s dictation history has helped fix the translation issue.

  • Head over to the Settings app -> Siri & Search -> Siri & Dictation History -> Delete Siri & Dictation History and confirm.
Delete Siri and dictation history

10. Reset Siri Settings

When a software bug or common problem does not get sorted out by basic tips, factory reset often becomes the need of the hour. Considering how reliable this troubleshooter is, we will give it a go. For folks who are not aware of factory reset, it cleans up all the custom settings including network settings and home screen layout, and returns everything back to the original state.

  • To get it done, launch the Settings app -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone/iPad -> Reset -> Reset All Settings.
Reset All Settings

And that’s about it! Now, trigger Siri and ask it to translate a supported language to check if you have gotten the better of the problem. If yes, rejoice and let us know the tips that have got the job done for you.

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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