Siri is your personal digital assistant available on “newer” iPhones (i.e. iPhone 4S and later models).
In this post, we’ll explore some ways you can make productive use of her (or him as you can change Siri’s Voice Gender in Settings)!
How to Summon Siri
While connected to the Internet, press and hold down your iPhone’s “Home” Button until Siri responds:
(If you change your mind about using Siri, simply press the Home button one time.)
Activate Siri (if necessary)
If Siri doesn’t respond, you may need to active “her” (Siri is a female voice by default) by…
– opening your iPhone’s Settings
– tapping “General”
– Selecting Siri
– and then sliding the Siri button to “on”
Take a note
Summon Siri and say “Take a Note.”
After Siri responds, tell her what you want you want the note to say.
You can then open your iPhone’s Notes application and see the note you just created:
Open an App
You can use to Siri to open any app on your iPhone.
Here for example, I asked Siri to “Open Notes.”
Search Google for…
Working on a project and need some quick info?
You can use Siri to search Google for the answers you seek.
In this example, I quickly retrieved the United States’ current rate of unemployment:
Remind me to…
I need to take out the recyables and the trash every Wednesday evening so for this example, I used Siri to set a recurring reminder.
I summoned Siri and said “Remind me to take to take out the recyclables and the trash every Wednesday at 7PM” (or words to that effect).
After I confirmed, Siri obligingly created that weekly reminder:
(Note: I edited the text of the reminder as Siri misquoted me slightly.)
When Siri asks, “Shall I create it?”, you can either tap the Confirm button or say “Yes.”
What is the weather?
Curious about what you need to wear? Or what the weather conditions will be when you leave work?
You can ask Siri for today’s Weather forecast:
Set a date
In this example, I’ll ask Siri to create a calendar event.
Summon Siri and say “Create a Calendar Event” (or words to that effect).
In this example, I asked Siri to “schedule a meeting with Renee tomorrow at 11 AM:
Send an email or a text message
You can use Siri to quickly compose and send a short email or text message.
1. Summon Siri
2. Say “Send an email to [somebody in your Contacts]”
3. Tell Siri the Subject of your email message
4. Tell Siri what you want to email to say
5. Tell Siri to send
These are just a few examples of how you can use Siri to be more productive (and help offset the cost of your iPhone / iPad).
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Siri User Guide
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