iPhone 11 Pro Max with SiriSource: iMore

You can now delete Siri and Dictation historical data across your Apple devices and opt-out of sending this type of information to Apple. The move comes after a public outcry earlier in the year over privacy concerns. Here's how to do it.

How does Apple use this information?

According to Apple, it collects specific data about you to help it respond to requests via Siri or Dictation. In doing so, it doesn't tie this information to your Apple ID. Instead, it uses a random identifier. The information collected gets stored on your devices for six months. After that time, the content is no longer associated with the random identifier. However, the information "may be retained" for up to two years to "help Apple develop and improve Siri, Dictation, and other language processing features like Voice Control."

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What you can now do

With iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, watchOS 6.1, tvOS 13.2, and macOS Catalina 10.15.1, you can now manually delete your Siri history from each device and also opt-out of sending Siri content to Apple. Because this content is never tied directly to your Apple ID, but rather a random identifier, you must perform the removal steps on each device.

How to delete Siri history

To delete your Siri history on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch:

  1. Tap on the Settings app on your device Home screen.
  2. Select Siri & Search.
  3. Choose Siri & Dictation History.

    Siri DictationSource: iMore

  4. Tap Delete Siri & Dictation History.
  5. Confirm by selecting Delete Siri & Dictation History.
  6. Select Dismiss on the Your Request Was Received message.

    Remove Siri History on iOSSource: iMore

Note: Siri history on Apple Watch is also deleted following these steps.

To delete your Siri history on Mac:

  1. Choose System Preferences on the Mac Dock.
  2. Click Siri.
  3. Select Delete Siri & Dictation History.

    Select Siri on MacSource: iMore

  4. Confirm by clicking Delete.
  5. Choose Done on the confirmation message.

    Mac delete Siri historySource: iMore

To delete your Siri history on Apple TV:

  1. Select the Settings app.
  2. Choose General

    Apple TV SettingsSource: iMore

  3. Click Siri History.
  4. Select Delete

    Apple TV delete Siri HistorySource: iMore

Next to Siri History, you'll see Received to confirm your request.

How to opt-out of sending Siri content to Apple

You can opt-out of sending Siri information to Apple. Again, you must do this one a device-to-device basis.

To opt-out on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch:

  1. Tap on the Settings app on your device Home screen.
  2. Choose Privacy.
  3. Select Analytics & Improvements.

    iOS Siri analyticsSource: iMore

  4. Tap the switch next to Improve Siri & Dictation so it's in the gray 'off' position.

    iOS Siri Improvements settingsSource: iMore

To opt-out on Mac:

  1. Choose System Preferences on the Mac Dock.
  2. Select Security & Privacy.
  3. Choose Analytics & Improvements on the left.
  4. Uncheck Improve Siri & Dictation.

    Mac Opt-Out SiriSource: iMore

To opt-out on Apple TV:

  1. Select the Settings app.
  2. Choose General

    Apple TV SettingsSource: iMore

  3. Select Privacy
  4. Click Improve Siri & Dictation.

    Apple TV Privacy SiriSource: iMore

  5. Select Improve Siri & Dictation.

    Apple TV improve siri offSource: iMore

Next to Improve Siri & Dictation, you'll see Off.

Questions?

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