When your iPhone is not silent, every time you plug it into a power source, be it a wired or wireless connection, you’ll hear that iconic chime sound to let you know that charging has started. There’s no way to turn off the ringer, but in iOS 14, you can have Siri automatically say whatever you want after a successful connection.
We’ve used this trick before to play a custom sound or song when the iPhone is plugged in or unplugged from a charger. But having your iOS device speak a word or phrase to you every time it detects power can be an even better addition to Apple’s “connect_power.caf”
It could be a funny line from a popular movie, lyrics to your favorite song or an inspirational quote that you would like to hear several times a day. Literally, anything you can think of can be what your iPhone audibly tells you when plugged in or unplugged from power. This effect works even when your iPhone is in silent mode, so you don’t even have to hear a chime with it.
Setup is as easy as creating an automation in Shortcuts. And it works on iPadOS too, so your iPad can speak on command while charging.
- iOS 14: This guide is based on a new shortcut automation feature that came out in iOS 14, so iOS 13 won’t work.
- Shortcuts app: If you deleted it for some reason, reinstall it from the App Store.
Step 1: Start a new automation
Go to the “Automation” tab in the Shortcuts app and press the plus sign (+) followed by “Create Personal Automation” to start. If you don’t see the plus sign (+), just tap “Create Personal Automation”.
Step 2: Choose the ‘Charger’ trigger
You need a trigger to perform the action, which in this case is every time you plug your iPhone into a power source. Scroll through the list of triggers, select Charger and make sure Connected is turned on if you want Siri to speak when you first charge. If you’d rather let Siri speak when you unplug it, choose Is Disconnected. You could even do one automation for each. Press “Next” to continue.
Step 3: Add the ‘Speak Text’ action
All you need to do is add the action to your automation, which is make Siri speak when the device is connected to a charger (or unplugged from a charger).
Tap “Add action” or the search bar and type “Speak”. below Actions, you should see “Speak Text” appear at the top of the list; tap it to add the action.
In the Speak text action box, tap the blue speech bubble to choose what you want Siri to say when the automation runs. It can be as short as you want. Capitalization doesn’t change the way Siri speaks, so you can write in uppercase or lowercase. However, punctuation is important. For example, use commas to set a short pause or a question mark to make it sound like a question.
To adjust the voice, change the language, or adjust the speed and pitch of how your iPhone will speak to you, tap “Show More” and adjust it to your liking. You can tap the play button to see what it will sound like.
In addition, you can add more actions to this automation. It’s up to you. You could have Siri speak and then play a song or sound effect. For another example, you can add the “Wait” action to have Siri speak for one, two, three, etc. seconds after charging has started or the power is interrupted.
Step 4: Disable ‘Ask Before Running’
When you have finished customizing your action (or actions), tap “Next”, uncheck “Ask Before Running” and confirm with “Don’t ask” at the prompt. This way, you are not prompted by Shortcuts to run the automation every time it is triggered, which defeats the purpose of most automations. Finally, click on “Done” and your automation is complete.
Step 5: Plug your iPhone into a power outlet
It doesn’t matter if you connect your iPhone to a Lightning cable or wireless charger, or if your iPhone is set to Silent or Ringer, you will hear Siri speaking when you connect to the power from now on (or disconnect if you choose this). A message appears warning you that the automation is running, followed by what you typed. The following shows the automation in action when you connect with a Lightning cable plugged into a power adapter.
Solving a problem
- Problem: When connected to a charger, the Speak Text volume is almost barely audible, although it sounds good when previewing in the automation, and even though you’ve set your Media and Ringers / Alerts volume high so Siri sounds good when you ask him questions. Solution: Tell Siri “Turn up your volume” and adjust the volume using the slider that appears.
- Problem: When connected to a charger, the word or phrase you chose will sound like static, such as a broken radio transmission or some other kind of interference. Solution: So far there is none. It appears to be a bug in some versions of iOS 14, beta and non-beta, and on some iPhone models, so report it to Apple and it may be fixed soon.
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