Apple no longer shares audio recordings with human staff in order to enhance its service. Rather, it prompts you to opt into that feature through a pop-up that would be visible when you upgrade to this most recent version of its mobile OS.
If you opted-in too soon when you upgraded and have now made up your mind to not share your voice with Apple (or if you opted out and have now made up your mind to not be bothered if some Apple workers listen to your voice), you can make it happen seamlessly. Here is how:
- Head to your iPhone’s Settings application, click “Privacy.”
- Click the “Analytics & Improvements” way down on your Privacy screen.
- Search for “Improve Siri & Dictation” and make sure it is toggled on (if you wish to let Apple review your audio) or off (if you do not want that). You will see a link beneath the toggle that you can click on for added information.
Plus, you can now ask Apple to get rid of all your audio information from Siri. It is that easy now but it was a tedious process in the past.
- Head to your iPhone’s Settings application, click on “Siri & Search.”
- Click “Siri & Dictation History.”
- Click “Delete Siri & Dictation History.”
You are done. You will receive a message that your data will be deleted.
More Information About Your Siri
Siri is a virtual assistant that is part of Apple Inc.’s iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, tvOS and audio OS operating systems The assistant uses voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Internet services. The software adapts to users’ individual language usages, searches, and preferences, with continuing use. Returned results are individualized.
Siri is a spin-off from a project originally developed by the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center. Its speech recognition engine was provided by Nuance Communications, and Siri uses advanced machine learning technologies to function. Its original American, British, and Australian voice actors recorded their respective voices around 2005, unaware of the recordings’ eventual usage in Siri.
The voice assistant was released as an app for iOS in February 2010, and it was acquired by Apple two months later. Siri was then integrated into iPhone 4S at its release in October 2011. At that time, the separate app was also removed from the iOS App Store. Siri has since become an integral part of Apple’s products, having been adapted into other hardware devices over the years, including newer iPhone models, as well as iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, AirPods, Apple TV, and HomePod.
Siri supports a wide range of user commands, including performing phone actions, checking the basic information, scheduling events and reminders, handling device settings, searching the Internet, navigating areas, finding information on entertainment, and is able to engage with iOS-integrated apps.
With the release of iOS 10 in 2016, Apple opened up limited third-party access to Siri, including third-party messaging apps, as well as payments, ride-sharing, and Internet calling apps. With the release of iOS 11, Apple updated Siri’s voices for more clear, human voices, started supporting follow-up questions and language translation, and additional third-party actions.
Siri’s original release on iPhone 4S in 2011 received mixed reviews. It received praise for its voice recognition and contextual knowledge of user information, including calendar appointments, but was criticized for requiring stiff user commands and having a lack of flexibility. It was also criticized for lacking information on certain nearby places, and for its inability to understand certain English accents.
In 2016 and 2017, a number of media reports have indicated that Siri is lacking in innovation, particularly against new competing voice assistants from other technology companies. The reports concerned Siri’s limited set of features, “bad” voice recognition, and undeveloped service integrations as causing trouble for Apple in the field of artificial intelligence and cloud-based services; the basis for the complaints reportedly due to stifled development, as caused by Apple’s prioritization of user privacy and executive power struggles within the company.
The original American voice of Siri was provided in July 2005 by Susan Bennett, unaware that it would eventually be used for the voice assistant.
A report from The Verge in September 2013 about voice actors, their work, and machine learning developments, made hints that Allison Dufty was the voice behind Siri,] though this was disproven when Dufty wrote on her website that she was “absolutely, positively not the voice of Siri.” Citing growing pressure, Bennett revealed her role as Siri in October, and her claim was proven by Ed Primeau, an American audio forensics expert. Apple has never confirmed the information.
There you have it – a comprehensive tutorial on how to delete your Siri history. If you have other recommendations, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.