Siri is an old favorite in a now-crowded AI assistant market. The iPhone and other Apple devices are no doubt familiar with Siri already, but there's a lot it can do for you that you may not have heard about yet since new features are added all the time. In this article, we've gathered all the most useful Siri commands, from the basics to more advanced features.
How to summon Siri:
There are several ways to get the attention of your assistant. On your iPhone, once you have the option enabled, you can ask it questions and give her commands by starting off with, "Hey Siri." You can also press and hold the center button on Apple Earpods or double-tap on one of your AirPods to activate Siri without having to say "Hey Siri." On a Mac computer, you can also click the Siri icon in the menu bar. It's always with you, even on Apple Watch, iPad and Apple TV. To turn on Siri, go to Settings > Siri >Hey Siri > on.
You can tell Siri to turn the following on or off: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, wireless data, airplane mode, do not disturb mode and night shift. You can also make adjustments to the screen brightness or audio volume, by saying "turn volume/brightness up/down". You can even change the language and gender of Siri's voice.
Siri works with native and some third-party apps. Just tell Siri to "Open..." then say the name of the app. With Siri, you can take a regular photo or selfie and then view the photos in the app of your choice, all without having to touch the screen or buttons. You can ask it to call you an Uber or Lyft, make payments to friends with Paypal and even search for design trends on Pinterest. Some of the features you'll use most, though, more likely involve messaging and calls, which we'll get to in the next section.
Sending calls and texts using Siri is easy, no matter which apps you prefer to use for it. To send a message via your preferred app, just say "Message John on WhatsApp 'See you later'," but swap out WhatsApp for Facebook Messenger, Skype, WeChat or others as you please. You can also "Call mom," or "Call mom on WhatsApp," or "Facetime Mom".
Siri can help you keep on top of your daily tasks, reminders and meetings. You can tell it to remind you of things at specific times or when you arrive at a particular place, for example, "Remind me to feed the cat when I get home at ". If a reminder isn't what you need, you can also set a timer to jolt you in minutes to check the food in the oven. You can also have Siri add things to an existing list in the Reminders app, by saying something like "Add lettuce to my grocery list".
Random fun commands:
Are you bored? Try these fun commands:
- "Tell me a joke."
- "Knock knock."
- "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
- "What does the fox say?"
- "What is zero divided by zero?"
- "What planes flying are above me?"
Be careful with any Siri tricks you hear about that involve a string of three numbers. Pranksters have been posting false tips on social media, suggesting that certain combinations of numbers will trigger cool features. But, actually, these numbers are commanding the phone to dial emergency services.