Whenever your iPhone’s not on silent, every time you connect it to a power source, whether it’s a wired or wireless connection, you’ll hear that iconic chime sound off to let you know that charging has started. There’s no way to disable the chime, but in iOS 14, you can make Siri automatically say whatever you want after a successful connection.
We previously used this trick to make a custom sound or song play whenever the iPhone is connected or disconnected from a charger. But making your iOS device speak a word or phrase to you every time power is detected can be an even better companion to Apple’s charging „connect_power.caf“ chime.
It could be a funny line from a hit movie, lyrics from your favorite song, or an inspirational quote you’d like to hear multiple times per day. Literally, anything you can think of can be what your iPhone audibly tells you when connected or disconnected from power. This effect even works when your iPhone is on silent mode, so you don’t even have to hear a chime with it.
Getting it set up is as easy as creating an automation in Shortcuts. And it also works on iPadOS, so your iPad can speak on command when charging.
- iOS 14: This guide relies on a new feature for Shortcuts automations that came out in iOS 14, so iOS 13 won’t work.
- Shortcuts app: If you’ve deleted it for some reason, re-install it from the App Store.
Step 1. Start a New Automation
Head to the „Automation“ tab in the Shortcuts app, then hit the plus (+) sign followed by „Create Personal Automation“ to start. If you don’t see the plus (+), just tap „Create Personal Automation“ instead.
Step 2. Choose the ‚Charger‘ Trigger
You need a trigger to run the action, and in this case, it’s whenever you connect your iPhone to a power source. Scroll down the list of triggers, select „Charger,“ then make sure „Is Connected“ is toggled if you want Siri to speak when first charging. If you’d rather have Siri speak when you disconnect from power, choose „Is Disconnected.“ You could even do one automation for each. Hit „Next“ to proceed.
Step 3. Add the ‚Speak Text‘ Action
The only thing left to do is add the action to your automation, which is having Siri speak anytime the device is connected to a charger (or disconnected from one).
Tap „Add Action“ or the search bar, then type in „Speak.“ Under 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 „Text“ bubble to choose what you want Siri to say when the automation runs. It can be as short as long as you want. Capitalization doesn’t change how Siri speaks, so you can write in either uppercase or lowercase letters. However, punctuation does matter. For example, use commas to create a brief pause or a question mark to make it sound like a question.
If you want to adjust the voice, change the language, or tweak the rate and pitch of how your iPhone will speak to you, tap „Show More“ and customize those to your liking. You can tap the play button to preview how it will sound.
Additionally, you could add more actions to this automation. It’s up to you. You could have Siri speak and then have a song or sound effect play right after. For another example, you can add the „Wait“ action to make Siri start speaking one, two, three, etc. seconds after charging initiates or power disconnects.
Step 4. Disable ‚Ask Before Running‘
Once you finish adjusting your action (or actions), tap „Next,“ toggle off „Ask Before Running,“ and confirm with „Don’t Ask“ on the prompt. This way, you won’t be asked by Shortcuts to run the automation every time it’s triggered, which defeats the purpose of most automations. Lastly, hit „Done,“ and your automation is finished.
Step 5. Connect Your iPhone to Power
No matter if you connect your iPhone to a Lightning cable or a wireless charger, or whether you have your iPhone set to Silent or Ringer, you’ll hear Siri speak whenever you connect to power from now on (or disconnect if you chose that). A notification will appear, alerting you that the automation is running, followed by whatever you typed. Below you can see the automation in action when connecting to a Lightning cable plugged into a power adapter.
- Problem: When connected to a charger, the Speak Text volume is almost barely audible even though it sounds OK when previewing it in the automation, and even though you have your Media and Ringers/Alerts volume set high so that Siri sounds OK whenever you ask it questions. Solution: Tell Siri to „Turn up your volume,“ then adjust the volume with the slider that appears.
- Problem: When connected to a charger, the word or phrase you chose sounds like there’s static, like a broken-up radio transmission or another type of interference. Solution: So far, there isn’t one. It seems 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 might get fixed soon.