How to disable access to Siri and Passbook from your iPhone or iPad lock screen

How to disable access to Siri and Passbook from your iPhone or iPad lock screen

If you've got a passcode set on your iPhone, Siri and Passbook will still work by default on your Lock screen. This means that anyone who wants to talk to Siri or use one of your passes will still be able to. While it's convenient, it can be a bit unsafe. If you prefer having to use your passcode in order to use them, you can easily do so through the Settings app.

How to disable Siri and Passbook access on your iPhone or iPad's Lock screen

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Touch ID & Passcode.
  3. Enter your passcode when prompted in order to continue.
  4. Under the Allow Access When Locked section, turn Off the options for Siri and Passbook.

You can of course choose to only disable one or the other if you want. For instance, if you want to be able to use Siri from the Lock screen but just want Passbook to be more secure, just turn Off the option for Passbook and leave the option for Siri turned On. Whatever combination you want to use, you can.

Note: Originally published, March 2013. Last updated, October 2014.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to disable access to Siri and Passbook from your iPhone or iPad lock screen


Because of this article, two things will now happen to me:
1) My friends will stop using my Starbucks card.
2) My Facebook will no longer be hacked via Siri and my lovely childish friends.
-thanks iMore

Once again some great advice from the person who knows all about the workings of the iPhone. Thank you Ally. :)

Nice post.

Am I the only one that finds passbook quite underwhelming. That is the idea has gotten very little acceptance or penetration?

For example, I use it only for a to pay for Starbucks coffee and Delta Boarding passes (which
technically i haven't used since i haven't flow in a year). But i already did BOTH of those things

with their apps before. And i still need those app functionality on my phone so the app has to stay as it does far more than the passbook does.

And things i'd really like it for, like putting my 4 or 5 grocery loyalty cards, it can't do for a myriad of reasons like the fact that all of my local grocery store scanners can't scan off of phones. Anyways my two cents. But boarding passes and starbucks? Cool but I could do that before.

Thanks Allyson! That's a great tip. The mild and rare inconvenience aside, it'll truly bring that passcode lock into effect.

While I still use an iPhone 4, my father and mother have the iPhone 4S and use siri a lot. I had no idea of this frightening security hole that existed.

Thanks for the insights.

Thanks Ally. I used these instructions to do this on my Ipad. Although I have a cover on it, I keep leaning on the home button. Sometimes I don't hear the "ding ding", but I always hear the "I didn't understand".

Being new to iOS this is good to know. The most helpful piece for me will be showing friends this tip. Now they won't have people, like me, messing with their phones.

On my iPad 3 (whatever Apple officially calls it these days), I have Siri disabled on the lock screen.

I've been fighting the fact that when I close the smart cover, evoking the locking click sound, and put the iPad down, I often trigger Siri because of pressure on the home button through the cover.

Today, having read this article, I finally realized that (at least on the iPad 3), closing the cover doesn't "lock" it merely turns off the screen, with locking happening after the Auto-Lock time. I had been foolishly believing the text under Settings->General->Lock/Unlock (which is On) which claims that closing the smart cover locks the iPad.

Silencing Siri when closing the cover and putting the iPad down will involve a habit change which I'm working on: use the Lock/Power button, then close the smart cover. I will now insult Siri less often (she doesn't seem to appreciate the insults).