Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant, can be accessed in several ways on your iPhone. If you have Siri enabled as an app on your phone, you can activate it from your home screen by swiping upwards and tapping the microphone icon.
Alternatively, if you have Siri enabled in your contacts list, you can call or message her directly with only one tap by using the contact name that appears when you begin typing a search into Spotlight or when choosing Contacts as the source of data in Spotlight search.
1) Go to Settings
The Settings app is where you can find all of your apps, like Contacts. You’ll find it in your list of apps. (This might be called Settings on your phone or device.) It may also be called System Settings, General Settings, or similar. Tap it.
2) Click on Phone
To get rid of Siri in your contact book, go into your phone app and click on contacts. Select edit then delete for each of your contacts who has Siri as a listed first or last name. This will remove it from being a choice when someone calls you or texts you.
3) Under My Number, tap on Edit
You’ll then see a list of all your contacts, where you can tap on your desired contact (including Siri) and tap Delete. If you don’t want to delete your Siri contacts, you can also add them as VIP contacts, which makes it so they show up in a separate category from your other contacts.
You can do that by going into My Number, tapping Edit and checking off VIP.
Finally, if you want a fresh start altogether with new contacts for all those names that have been popping up in Siri recently (or are just tired of Apple sticking its assistant in with your real-life ones), you can always reset My Number under Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
4) Touch the red minus sign on Siri’s contact card
If you see a red minus sign on her contact card, it means that Siri is associated with that app. Touching that sign will remove her from your apps contacts and delete any data she might have stored about you.
Note: If you don’t see a red minus sign, it means that there is no direct association between your apps and Siri—but she still has your personal information stored in Apple’s servers. Deleting your Safari cookies will get rid of that data, but it’s not as simple as touching a red minus sign like in previous versions of iOS.
5) Scroll down and touch Delete in the bottom-right corner
When you touch Delete, you’ll see a pop-up window that says: Are you sure you want to delete Siri from your apps contacts? If so, tap Yes. If not, tap No and then tap Delete anyway. You can always remove Siri from your contacts later by tapping Edit in Step 3 below.
6) Tap Delete Contact
If Siri is in your contacts, it’s easy to delete her. First, open Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Contacts and tap on any contact with a question mark next to her name. Scroll down until you see Siri and then tap Delete Contact. That’s it!
You can also use a similar process for removing other types of unwanted contacts, like ones from businesses or long-deleted people. Removing these sorts of entries not only gets rid of clutter—it helps keep your data safe.
Of course, if you ever want those contacts back in some form, there are ways to do that too.
7) Touch Delete from My iPhone
It’s easy to add a contact but you can also delete a contact. Just press and hold on one of your contacts. A menu will pop up and you’ll see Delete Contact. Touch it, confirm that you want to delete, and voila! The contact is gone.
8) Tap Delete from iCloud if you have an iCloud account, otherwise, skip this step.
If you have an iCloud account, go ahead and sign in with your credentials. You’ll be prompted to confirm that you want to delete all data from your phone from iCloud. If you do not have an iCloud account, tap Skip for now. You can always add back data later if you decide it’s worth it.
9) Finally, tap Done in the top right corner of your screen.
The default action for editing apps on your iPhone is to open them. That may sound obvious, but it can be easy to forget when you’re in a rush. If you don’t plan on using Siri, you should remove it as soon as possible.
When you’re done, scroll down and tap Done at the bottom of your screen. This will confirm that you want Siri removed from your contacts and give you one final chance to change your mind.
If everything looks good, press Delete in order to officially remove Siri from iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad for good. Just make sure to use alternative voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Alexa instead of removing Apple’s digital assistant altogether!
The good news is that it’s possible to remove or hide your contact information from Apple’s servers, but it takes a bit of work.
You have several options: you can do it all in one fell swoop with one method, or you can choose specific contacts (or groups of contacts) and individually remove them. Once removed, they will no longer be searchable using Siri or Spotlight.