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Handy Hint 94: My most frequently used Siri commands
Have you found your very own Personal Assistant on your iPhone or iPad? Depending on what model of iPad or iPhone you own, your device may have an amazing voice recognition tool called Siri built in to it.
Siri really can make life so much easier by saving you lots of typing and tapping, and can by remind you, guide you, notify you and provide all sorts of information.
If you haven't introduced yourself to Siri yet, I highly recommend that you do so soon!
Do I have Siri?
If you have an iPhone 4S or newer, or a third-generation iPad or newer, then you will have Siri available on your device.
The Siri feature may not, however, be switched on.
To switch on Siri, visit Settings → General → Siri and make sure the first setting (labelled Siri) is on (ie it is green. ).
How do you activate Siri?
How do you speak to Siri?
Make sure your command to Siri is concise. No pleases and thank-you's are necessary - Siri does not need you to be polite. We'll look at some of my most frequently used Siri commands below.
Once Siri detects a pause in your speaking, an attempt will be made to translate what you said - so don't pause unless you are finished!
If you find that Siri is not giving you a chance to finish before attempting to translate, you can keep holding down the Home Button until you have finished speaking your instructions, and only then let go - Siri will wait until you let go before trying to translate, no matter how often you pause while giving your command.
My most frequently used Siri commands
Here are some examples of the types of instructions for Siri that I use on a regular basis:
I would prefer a 'male' Siri voice
Some privacy considerations when using Siri
Something that is important to note is that, to make Siri work, the things you say to Siri must be sent across the Internet to Apple for translation and processing. Information about what you say to Siri is also stored by Apple, so that Siri can become better and better at understanding your requests.
If you want to better understand what is stored by Apple and how this information is used, tap on the 'About Siri and Privacy ...' link provided in Settings → General → Siri - you will see this link just below the switch that turns Siri on and off.
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