Stop Your Phone from Eavesdropping

Ever wish you could make your phone stop listening to your conversations (and then suggesting related purchases)?  If you turn off voice activation, your phone will stop listening for “Hey Siri” or “Hey Google”, and you can have private conversations again.  


  1. Navigate to Settings > Siri & Search

  2. Toggle off the following items:

    • “Listen for ‘Hey Siri’”

    • “Press Side button for Siri”

    •  “Allow Siri When Locked” 

  3. Tap “Turn Off Siri.” 


  1. Go to Settings

  2. Select Google > All Services > Settings for Google Apps > Search, Assistant & Voice > Google Assistant

  3. Select Hey Google & Voice Match

  4. Toggle off “Hey Google” 

You can still use voice controls, you just have to push a button to activate.