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iOS 17 includes a lot of features and improvements, but the new bilingual query support for Siri is probably one of the most useful additions to the update. Sadly, it is currently available in select Indic languages, but there’s hope this is just the start of Apple’s work in this feature.

This is good news for users in India, where a variety of Indic languages. As pointed out by Tech Crunch, the support is currently only available to the mixture of English and Hindi languages. It should also work with English when mixed with Telugu, Punjabi, Kannada, or Marathi.

On the other hand, while this sounds interesting, Apple is not the first to implement multilingual support. To recall, it arrived in Google Assitant in 2018, and Amazon followed it in 2019. Yet, despite the feature being a long time coming for Apple users, it is still a welcome addition to iOS 17.

Aside from this support, Apple has also slightly changed how you can summon Siri. In iOS 17, the “Hey Siri” voice command is simplified to “Siri.” It makes using the virtual assistant more straightforward, but some might find it unfavorable, especially those already used to the conventional Hey Siri phrase. Thankfully, there is a way to disable it and return to the old Hey Siri. If you are one of those who think “Siri” is not for you, here is a way to disable it:

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Look for “Siri and Search” in the fourth section.
  • Select “Listen for” and choose from the options “Siri or Hey Siri,” “Siri,” or off.


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