Siri can be activated via a long-press on the ‘Home’ button or by saying “Hey Siri” if you have enabled this feature.
Newer iPhones and the latest iPad Pros can use the “Hey Siri” command when running on battery power, older devices will need to be attached to mains power in order to use the command. Your device will need to be connected to the internet in order for ‘Siri’ to work.
This article is split in four sections:
You can ask ‘Siri’ to perform a wide variety of tasks on your device such as:
‘Siri’, and the ‘Hey Siri’ command can be enabled during the setup process when you first use your new device.
If you chose not to set up Siri initially and now want to, or if you wish to change some of the ‘Siri’ settings you can do so in the ‘Settings’ app.
When you turn ‘Siri’ on you will receive an alert warning you that ‘Siri’ sends information to Apple in order to process your request. If you are a happy to proceed, tap ‘Enable Siri’ or press ‘Cancel’ if you don’t wish to enable ‘Siri’ at this time. Fig 4.
When ‘Siri’ is enabled you will see several settings you can change:
You will now be prompted to train your device to understand your voice better:
Tip: If you want to retrain your device to better recognise your voice when you say the “Hey Siri” command, just tap the toggle switch next to ‘Allow “Hey Siri”’ twice (to turn the feature off and back on), then go through the “Hey Siri” setup steps again.
Note: Please be aware that if you are using a mobile data connection downloading a voice pack will use up some of your data allowance. We recommend being connected to Wi-Fi when you download voices.
By default, when ‘Siri’ answers your query you will receive both spoken and visual, on-screen feedback.
You can chose from:
To change these settings, tap on ‘Voice Feedback’. Fig 12.
This is where you can tell ‘Siri’ who you are by selecting your contact card from the ‘Contacts’ address book. ‘Siri’ uses this information when answering location based queries such as “Give me directions home”.
Note: If you haven’t yet created a contact card for yourself, open the ‘Contacts’ app on your device, add your details and then return to the ‘My Info’ section in ‘Siri’ settings.
You can now use ‘Siri’ to perform actions within some third-party apps, such as WhatsApp, Paypal and Pinterest.
Note: To find out how you can use ‘Siri’ with a particular app, see “What can you do” under the ‘Using Siri’ section below.
When you are happy with your settings, either tap the back button in the top left of the screen to return to the main settings screen or press your device’s ‘Home’ button to return to the home screen.
You can launch ‘Siri’ by pressing and holding your device’s ‘Home’ button or by saying the “Hey Siri” command if you have enabled it (see the ‘How to enable Siri’ section above).
Note: Newer devices (iPhone 6s onwards (including the iPhone SE) and iPad Pro from 2017 onwards) can use the “Hey Siri” command when running on battery power. Older devices will need to be connected to mains power in order to use “Hey Siri”.
When launched, ‘Siri’ will ask ‘What can you I help you with?” and you will see an animated sound wave at the bottom of the screen to show Siri’ is listening. Fig 17.
You can now ask your query or state your request. In our example, below, we asked ‘Siri’ the time (see the second panel of Fig 17).
We received a spoken and visual response which you can see in the third panel of Fig 17.
If you would like to edit a query using the keyboard (for instance, if ‘Siri’ mishears you), tap the ‘Tap to edit’ button that appears under your original query (see the first panel of Fig 18).
Type your amendments (see the second panel of Fig 18) and press ‘Done’ on the keyboard. ‘Siri’ will now answer your amended query (see the third panel of Fig 18).
In our example, we asked ‘Siri’ the time. We then amended our query to ask what the time was in Australia.
Tip: If you want to ask another query while ‘`Siri’ is still open, tap the microphone icon, (that appears once a query has been answered) and start speaking, (see circled in the third panel of Fig 18).
To find out more about what ‘Siri’ is capable of doing on your device just launch ‘Siri’ and ask “What can you do?” (Fig 19). You will be presented with a list of apps that ‘Siri’ is able to interact with.
Tap any app name in the list to see how ‘Siri’ can be of assistance and to see examples of how to phrase your queries. Fig 19.
Another way to get tips is by launching ‘Siri’ but not asking a query.
Press and hold the ‘Home’ button and keep it pressed until the “Go ahead I’m listening” screen appears.
Lift your finger from the ’Home’ button and ‘Siri’ will show you a screen of query suggestions. There are several screens of suggestions so just let it play to see them all. Fig 20.
Ask ‘Siri’ “What can you do?” as above. Scroll to the bottom of the list of apps to see the third-party apps that you have that will work with ‘Siri’.
Tap an app name to see suggestions of how you can use ‘Siri’ to interact with it. Fig 21.
In our example below, we will ask ‘Siri’ to add a new ‘Calendar’ entry for a dentist appointment.
In our example below we will ask ‘Siri’ to set a reminder to buy milk the following day. In this example, we have asked the query in one sentence using the “Hey Siri” command.
If you ask for directions, ‘Siri’ will open the Apple Maps app and show your route plotted on the map. In our example below, we ask for directions to London. Because we have only asked for the end destination (London), ‘Siri’ uses our current location for the starting point.
Apple’s guide to using Siri: https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/siri/
iMore’s Siri help guide: https://www.imore.com/siri-ultimate-guide
iMore’s guide to using Siri with your Contacts: https://www.imore.com/how-call-message-and-email-your-contacts-using-siri