Apple added “Announce Messages with Siri” with the release of iOS 13.2, and it came as a welcome surprise for me; I missed the feature from its initial run during iOS 13 beta testing. However, while users online gleefully showed off their newfound Announce Messages with Siri capabilities, I was frustrated to see that I didn’t have the setting, even though I just updated my iPhone to 13.2. So, what’s the fix?
Assuming all other variables are correct, the fix isn’t difficult in the slightest. And there are various ways to get Announce Messages with Siri up and running. One makes the setting appear while the other makes the splash screen appear, which takes you to the setting.
To start, ensure your iPhone is running iOS 13.2. Then, simply shut down and restart your iPhone. You can use one of two button combinations to do so, the shut down option in Settings, the force-restart procedure, or AssistiveTouch. Once back up, connect your AirPods, then open Settings –> Siri & Search –> Announce Messages, and toggle “Announce Message with Siri” on.
If the first method didn’t work for you, open Settings –> Bluetooth (or jump there from the shortcut in the Control Center), then tap the (i) next to your AirPods. Remember, only AirPods work with Announce Messages with Siri at the moment. Next, tap “Forget This Device.”
Of course, iOS won’t trust that you really want to forget your AirPods, so it’ll ask you again. Tap “Forget Device” when it pops up. Even still, before you can genuinely forget your AirPods, you’ll need to consent to Apple removing the headphones from all devices on your iCloud account. Tap “Forget Device” once more, and your AirPods will be forgotten.
Now, with your AirPods in the charging case, press-and-hold the back button until the green or amber light disappears to place the case into pairing mode. Flip the lid on your AirPods case, and your AirPods should pop right up on your iPhone’s display. Tap “Connect,” and you should be greeted with the “Announce Messages” splash screen. Tap “Announce Messages with Siri,” and your pairing process will be complete.
Now, all that’s left to do is head to Settings –> Siri & Search. There, you’ll find your new setting under “Announce Messages.” Since you tapped “Announce Messages With Siri” in the step above, the option should already be enabled. From here on out, Siri will read your messages aloud, so long as your AirPods are connected, of course.