A comprehensive list of Siri voice commands you can use on an iPhone

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When voice commands first came out on phones, it was a bit of a joke — they were finicky, hard to control, and would often misunderstand the user and perform the wrong task. 

But voice commands have significantly evolved, and become built-in assistants that we now know by name. Siri, the iPhone assistant, now has an expanded list of varied commands that it can help you with.

How to wake Siri 

Press and hold the home button: if you have a newer model without a home button, hold the side button down.
“Hey Siri”: the standard wake-up greeting should wake Siri to listen to your commands regardless of where you are, as long as you have an iPhone model 6S or later. If you have the 6 or earlier, your phone has to be plugged in and charging for the command to work.

Neither of these commands will work, however, if you don’t have them enabled in Settings. To do so, tap “Siri & Search,” in the Settings app, and toggle the relevant switch — “Listen for ‘Hey Siri'” or “Press Home/Side Button for Siri” — to the “on” position.

If you want to issue commands even when the phone is locked, make sure “Allow Siri When Locked” is switched on, too.

On Apple Earpods: Press and hold the center button and speak into the built-in microphone to issue your command or ask your question.

On Apple Airpods: Double tap on either ear to activate Siri.

Voice commands for Siri to make calls or send messages

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Once you’ve woken Siri and made sure your phone is listening for your command, there are any number of vocal directives that it will recognize. These include ones for communication, like:

Call or FaceTime someone on your contacts list, or call an emergency number: “Call Mom” or “Call the Fire Department.” You can also add more specific commands on top of these basic ones, like “Call Mom on speaker.”

Reading text messages or emails: “Read new messages” or “check my email.”

Sending text messages: “Tell [contact name] that I’ll be home at seven.”

Sending emails: “Send email to [contact name] about [subject] and say [message].”

Checking voicemail: “Do I have any voicemail?” or “Play new voicemail from William.”

Asking Siri questions

Weather: “What’s the weather today?” or the more specific “Do I need an umbrella?”

Math: “What’s 25 times 36?” or any number of other math problems, including tip calculations.

Mathematical conversions: “How many cups are in a quart?” or “How many feet in a meter?”

Time zone conversions: “What time is it in Chicago?”

Definitions, synonyms, antonyms, or etymologies of words: “What’s the definition of arduous?” or “What’s the etymology of arduous?”

The dates of holidays: “When is Easter this year?”

Site searches: “What’s trending on Twitter?” or “What’s Brendon Urie saying?” or “Search Twitter for…”

Any question Siri can’t answer: if Siri can’t answer a question itself, it will send it to Google, and present you with the top result from there. You …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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