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How to use Siri in iOS 14 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

How to use Siri in iOS 14 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

You can ask Siri to perform a wide variety of tasks, such as:

  • Make phone calls and Facetime calls
  • Send emails and text messages
  • Set calendar events and reminders
  • Set alarms and timers
  • Get weather forecasts
  • Give directions on Apple Maps
  • Perform calculations
  • Open applications
  • Open accessibility options
  • Turn on certain accessibility features such as VoiceOver
  • Change settings for brightness and volume or toggle Wi-Fi on or off
  • Perform web searches
  • Play music, including particular artists, songs or albums
  • Control smart home devices

Siri can also work with a growing number of third-party apps, including Skype, Pinterest and Paypal. To find out what else Siri can do, try launching Siri and ask "what can you do?"

If you find it easier to type than speak, you can also type queries to Siri. See How to use Siri without speaking for more information. For more on Siri’s settings, see How to make Siri easier to use.

Quick guide:

  1. If you haven’t enabled Siri during the setup process, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Siri & Search.
  3. To activate Siri with the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command, tap the toggle switch for Listen for “Hey Siri” to turn it on.
  4. Run through the setup process to help Siri recognise your voice. Speak the required phrases when prompted.
  5. To activate Siri by pressing the Home button, tap the toggle switch next to Press Home for Siri. On devices without a physical Home button, you can use the Side button instead.
  6. Activate Siri by saying ‘Hey Siri’ or pressing the Home or Side button. When the animated icon appears, ask your query. You can ask for the time, ask for directions, add a calendar event and more.
  7. To use Siri even when your device is locked. Tap Settings, then Siri and Search and tap the toggle switch next to Allow Siri when Locked to turn it on.

Before and after

Siri - Before and after Siri is enabled

This section takes you step by step through enabling and using Apple's Siri voice assistant on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, complete with pictures of the screen to help.

Open Settings

1. Tap the Settings icon to open the Settings app. It might be in a different position depending on how you have your device and its home screens set up.

Tap the Settings icon to open the Settings

2. Scroll down through the different Settings categories and tap Siri & Search

Tap Siri and Search

Active Siri with your voice

3. To activate Siri with the "Hey Siri" voice command, tap the toggle switch for Listen for “Hey Siri” to turn it on.

Tap listen for Hey Siri

Train Siri to recognise your voice

4. You’ll now be guided through the setup process to help Siri recognise your voice. This involves speaking a series of phrases, such as "Hey Siri" and "Hey Siri, what’s the weather like today?" Say the phrase when prompted.

Say the phrases when prompted

Activate Siri through a button

5. To activate Siri by pressing the Home button, tap the toggle switch next to Press Home for Siri. On devices without a physical Home button, you can use the Side button instead.

Tap the toggle switch next to Press Home for Siri

Ask Siri a question

6. You can now activate Siri by saying "Hey Siri" or by pressing the Home or Side button. When the animated icon appears, you can ask your question or give Siri a command. 

When the Siri icon appears, ask a question or give a command

Ask Siri for the time

7. For example, ask Siri "What time is it?" and Siri will give you both a spoken and visual response.

Ask Siri for the time to get a spoken and visual response

Create a calendar event

8. Ask Siri to "Add a calendar event for a dentist appointment" and Siri will ask you for the date and time of your appointment. Give Siri the time and date and the event will be added to your calendar.

Ask Siri to add a calendar event for your dentist appointment

Ask for directions

9. Launch Siri and say "Give me directions to London" and Siri will confirm that it is getting the requested directions, then show you the route in the Apple Maps app, using your current location as the starting point.

Ask "Give me directions to" to get directions to your location in Apple Maps

Use Siri on the lock screen

10. You can use Siri to get information even when your device is locked. Tap Settings, then Siri and Search and tap the toggle switch next to Allow Siri when Locked to turn it on.

Tap Allow Siri when Locked

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