When voice commands first came out on phones, it was a bit of a joke – they were fussy, hard to control, and often misunderstood the user and performed the wrong task.
But voice commands have greatly evolved and become integrated assistants that we now know by name. Siri, the assistant for iPhone, now has an expanded list of various commands with which it can help you.
How to wake up Siri
- Press and hold the home button : If you have a newer model without a home button, press and hold the side button.
- ” Hey Siri “ : The standard wake-up greeting should wake Siri to hear your commands no matter where you are, as long as you have an iPhone 6S or later model. If you have 6 or earlier, your phone must be plugged in and charging for the command to work.
None of these commands will work, however, if you haven’t enabled them in Settings. To do this, tap “Siri and search” in the Settings app and slide the relevant switch – “Listen ‘Hey Siri'” or “Press the Home / Side button for Siri” – to the “on” position.
If you want to issue commands even when your phone is locked, make sure “Allow Siri when locked” is also turned on.
- On Apple Earpods: Press and hold the center button and speak into the built-in microphone to give the command or ask a question.
- On Apple Airpods : Double tap on either ear to activate Siri.
Voice commands for Siri to make calls or send messages
Once you’ve woken up Siri and made sure your phone listens to your command, there are any number of voice prompts it will recognize. These include those for communication, such as:
- Call or FaceTime someone in your contact list or call an emergency number: “Call Mom” or “Call the Fire Department”. You can also add more specific commands in addition to the basic ones, such as “Call Mom Hands-Free”.
- Reading text messages or emails: “Read new messages” or “check my mail”.
- Sending text messages: “Tell [nome del contatto] that I will be home at seven ”.
- Sending e-mails: “Send an email to [nome contatto] up [oggetto] and pronunciation [messaggio]”.
- Control of the secretariat: “Do I have any messages on my answering machine?” or “Play new voicemail from William”.
Ask Siri questions
- Weather forecast: “What’s the weather like today?” or the more specific “Do I need an umbrella?”
- Mathematics: “What is 25 times 36?” or any number of other math problems, including tip calculations.
- Mathematical conversions: “How many cups are there in a liter?” or “How many feet in a meter?”
- Time zone conversions: “What time is it in Chicago?”
- Definitions, synonyms, antonyms or etymologies of words: “What is the definition of arduous?” or “What is the etymology of arduo?”
- Holiday dates: “When is Easter this year?”
- Site searches: “What’s trending on Twitter?” or “What is Brendon Urie saying?” or “Search Twitter for …”
- Any question that Siri can’t answer – If Siri can’t answer a question, it will send it to Google and present you with the best result from there. If you wish, you can also start a question with “Search on Google…”.
Voice commands for Siri to search your phone
You can even use Siri to search for things on your phone using keywords. So, if you can’t find something on your phone, Siri could be of help. Searches Siri can perform include:
- Note: “Find my note on …”
- E-mail: “Find the e-mail on …”
- Your Photos: “Find photos of [persona]”Will work if you have photos associated with a certain contact or if you have reviewed in the Photos app and tagged a person using facial recognition software. “Find photos from [luogo]”Will work even if you had location services turned on when you took the photos and“ Find photos from [data o periodo di tempo]”Should always work.
Voice commands for Siri to set times
You can also use Siri as your personal assistant and get help with setting schedules and reminders. You can:
- Schedule a meeting in your calendar: “Schedule a meeting with [nome] tomorrow to [luogo] at [ora]”.
- Set reminder: “Remind me to pick up the dry laundry tomorrow at 2:00 pm”. You can also set these reminders for places instead of times if you have location services turned on. For example, you could say “Remind me to start washing when I get home” and when your phone sees that you have arrived at your home address, it will remind you.
- Set alarms: “Set an alarm for 7 am”
- Disable or delete alarms, reminders or events: “Cancel the 3:00 pm appointment” or “Turn off all alarms” or “Cancel the 6:55 alarm”.
- Countdown: “How many days are there until Christmas?” or “How many days are left until April 25?”
- Make a reservation: “Book for two tonight at Boccone South at 7:30 pm” or even “Find a table for eight in Philadelphia tonight”.
- Find out more about your area: you can ask simple questions like “Where am I?” or “What bridge is this?” As long as your location is actively updating, Siri should be able to respond to you.
- Check your calendar events: “What are my commitments for today?”
- Check the status of a flight: “Check the flight status of [compagnia aerea e numero del volo]”
Voice commands for Siri to help with directions
You can also ask navigation questions, which Siri will be able to answer using the Apple Maps app, questions like:
- “How is the traffic on the way home?”
- “Where is the nearest pizzeria?”
- “Where’s the Pizza Grill?”
- “Find walking directions to The Pizza Grill.”
- “Find directions to the Four Seasons Hotel.”
- “How do I get to work in transit?”
- If you are already using the maps to get to a destination, you can ask “What is my ETA?”
- “How much does gas cost at the moment?”
Voice commands for Siri to control Apple Music
- The basic commands: “Play”, “Pause”, “Stop”, “Go back” and “Next track” all work.
- Play specific music: “Play [artista] or [nome del brano] or [album]”.
- Play radio music: saying “Play Music” will create a customized Apple Music radio station based on your tastes.
- I like a song: “I like this song” will make the app “like” the currently playing song.
- Shuffle: “Shuffle my [nome playlist] playlist ”should usually work, although if you have emojis in the names of one of your playlists, it’s less reliable.
- Queued songs: “After this, play Feels So Nice by The Wrecks” queues it up as the next song.
- Play popular music: “Play the best songs of 2010” – Siri will play some of the most popular songs from any era of your choice.
- Play related music: “Play more this way” – Siri will play more songs that sound like what you’re currently listening to in genre and pitch – this ability is more accurate the more Apple Music knows about your tastes.
- Buy Music: “Buy This Song” will take you to a purchase confirmation for the song.
- Identify the songs: “What song is this?” this works if you are playing a song through Apple Music or if you listen to a song while you are out somewhere and have Shazam installed.
Siri can usually also perform basic tasks in popular third-party apps. To check which apps on your phone you can control using Siri, try issuing a basic command, like “Pay Jordan $ 10 on Venmo” or see if the app is on this ongoing list of Siri-compatible apps.
There are also some random commands you can give Siri just for fun, like “Roll two dice for me”, “Tell me a joke” and “Which planes are flying over me right now?” The Apple team is constantly updating Siri’s software and the program is also constantly learning from you, so try giving different commands and see what happens!