I’ve always been a fan of Apple products. On this point, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. This blog post goes out to those Apple iPhone users who’ve never really explored the Siri function fully. I admit to buying a book a while back titled “Siri for Dummies”. Out of those hundreds of pages, here are the main features I personally enjoy and use frequently! If you have a Siri tip for me or for our readers, feel free to leave it in the comments section.
Please note that for all of the following tips, you must first hold down the home button on your iPhone or alternatively, have your iPhone plugged in, setup with “Hey Siri” and literally say: “Hey Siri” and then go…
- Use Siri As a Calculator
No need to tap in numbers into a calculator app. Just say “85 plus 25.5 plus 941.12 plus 6 plus 168.96.” Make a mistake? Just tap to edit a number.
- Use Siri for Converting Measurements and Currencies
For currencies, just say, “How many euros is $200 Canadian?” For measurements, say, “What’s 105 degrees Farenheit in Celsius?” or “220 kilometers per hour in miles per hour.” Siri can convert speeds, weights, fluids, temperatures, cooking measures, distance, area, time, decimals, and fractions.
- Use Siri to Flip a Coin, Roll the Dice, Pick a Number
Have trouble making decisions? Let Siri help by asking her to flip a coin. Siri can also roll the dice and pick a number. Simply say, “Flip a coin,” or “Roll the dice,” or “Pick a number.” The latter defaults to 1 and 100, but you can specify any range.
- Use Siri to Find Out What Planes Are Overhead
Thanks to Siri’s use of Wolfram Alpha, it knows some interesting things. You can ask, “What planes are overhead?” or “How many calories in an apple?” or “What’s the Morse Code for donut?” or “What’s the scientific name of pheasant” or “What’s the taxonomy of maple?” You can even ask Siri to give you a secure password by saying, “Wolfram password.”
- Use Siri to Find Out What Movies Are Playing and How They’re Rated
If you’re in the mood for a movie, ask Siri, “What movies are playing?” You’ll get times and nearby locations as well as ratings. Or you can ask, “Show me the ratings for the movie Steve Jobs.”
- Use Siri to Identify the Song That’s Playing
If you’re hearing a song on the radio that you like and are wondering what it is, simply ask Siri, “What song is this?” or “What song is playing?” Of course, Siri will typically also give you an opportunity to purchase it.
- Use Siri to Find and Launch Apps
Launch apps simply by saying “Launch [app name]” or “Open [app name].” For games you can say, “Play [game name].” You can also use Siri to get apps from the App Store or to search for apps relevant to your interests in the App Store.
- Use Siri to Create and Edit Calendar Events
Creating an appointment via Siri is much faster than doing it manually. Simply say, “Schedule a haircut on Tuesday at 2 p.m.” You can then edit that appointment by saying, “Change the time of my Tuesday appointment at 2 p.m.” Siri will then ask the new time and date.
- Use Siri to Create Contextual Reminders
Creating reminders with Siri is a snap. Just say, “Remind me tomorrow at 10 a.m. to call my travel agent.” With the new Proactive feature, you can also ask Siri to remind you of something you’re looking at on the screen. If you receive a text message but can’t immediately reply, you can say, “Remind me to reply to this when I get home.”
- Use Siri to Make FaceTime Calls
To use Siri to make a Facetime call, simply say, “FaceTime [person’s name]” or “Make a FaceTime call to [person’s name].” If you want it to be audio only, simply say “FaceTime audio [person’s name].”
- Use Siri to Make Speakerphone Calls
To make a call that uses the speakerphone, say, “Call [person’s name] using speakerphone.” If you’re driving and your phone is plugged into a charger, you can make a completely hands-free call by starting your request with “Hey Siri.”.
- Use Siri to Search for Photos by Time or Location
If you want to see photos you took at a particular place and/or a particular time, you can simply ask Siri. For example, say, “Show me photos from Myrtle Beach last December.”
- Use Siri for All Your Sports Information
Siri can tell you scores, schedules, and more. For example, you can say, “Are the Blue Jays winning?” of “Did the Blue Jays win?” Also, “When are the Blue Jays playing next?” Want to catch a game? You can ask Siri; “Show me the season schedule for the Toronto Blue Jays.”
- Use Siri to Find Out Who Owns a Lost iPhone or iPad
If you come across a lost iPhone or iPad and wonder who to return it to, you can simply ask Siri. Say, “Who owns this iPhone (or iPad)?” or “Who does this iPhone (or iPad) belong to?” Siri will give you the name and contact information for the person (provided the owner has enabled Siri Lock screen access in their Touch ID & Passcode settings).
- Use Siri to Control Music Playback
You can ask Siri to play specific songs, albums, or artists, to play a specific genre or playlist, to pause and resume, and to skip a track. For example, you can say, “Play Beethoven’s Fifth” or “Play ‘1989’ by Taylor Swift” or “Play some classic rock music.”
- Use Siri to Set an Alarm or Timer
Use Siri to set an alarm by saying things such as “Wake me up tomorrow at 6:30 a.m” or, if you’re taking a nap, “Wake me up in an hour.” To change an alarm, you can say things such as, “Turn off my 6:30 alarm” or “Change my 6:30 alarm to 7:00.” To set a timer, say, “Set the timer for a half hour.”
- Use Siri to Add Punctuation to Emails or Text Messages
Entering text visa Siri is so much easier than using the virtual keyboard, but you’ll want to know how to add punctuation. As you write, just say the punctuation, too: “comma,” “period,” “semicolon,” or “ellipsis.” Add quotation marks and parentheses by saying, “open quotes,” “close quotes,” “open parenthesis,” or “close parenthesis.”
- Use Siri to Add Reminders to Specific Lists
Siri automatically adds a new reminder to the default Reminders list. But if you have add specific lists in Reminders such as Shopping, you can ask Siri to add a new reminder to a specific list. Say, “Add milk to my Shopping list.”
- Use Siri to Find Out What to Ask Siri
Siri herself will tell you all the sorts of requests you can make. Simply ask Siri, “What can I ask you?” and you’ll see an extensive categorized listing of questions you can ask Siri.
- Use “Hey Siri” Handsfree
In the middle of making a pie? Are you hands thick in dough but you really need to call your husband? Setup ‘Hey Siri’ in your general settings and you’ll be able to make all of your siri requests simply by saying: “Hey Siri”.