For several years now, we have had a virtual assistant on our iPhone and iPad that tries to help us with the most basic tasks on a daily basis. The only problem we can find is not knowing how to get the most out of it and this is due to not knowing exactly everything it can do for us. In this article we will try to collect all the voice commands that can be used with Siri to get the most out of it.
How to invoke Siri on our devices
Apple has managed to integrate Siri into most of its computers, just as Google has done with Google Assistant or Microsoft with Cortana. We can use this assistant on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and even on the Apple Watch. On each of these devices the way to invoke Siri changes and quite a lot.
On the iPhone for example we simply have to say ‘Hey Siri’ if we have it configured. In case we don’t want to invoke Siri verval we simply have to press the ‘Home’ button in case we have an iPhone 8 or earlier, or if we have an iPhone X onwards that does not have the ‘Home’ button we must press the side button.
For Macs, if they have the T2 chip, it can be invoked through the same command ‘Hey Siri’ , or simply by clicking on the icon in the menu bar.
Even on AirPods they have enabled the possibility of invoking Siri by double clicking on either of the two wireless headphones .
The most productive commands to take advantage of Siri
Commands for making calls or sending messages
Among the most basic tasks we can perform with Siri obviously include the possibility of making phone calls or writing messages through the option ‘Dictation’.
- Make a call to… (name in phone book or phone number).
- Check my text messages.
- Check my email (if you use the native application).
- Send a text message to… (name in phone book or phone number).
- Send a new email to… (name in address book or phone number.
Obviously in the ‘call’ part of the first command we can also choose whether we want to do it through FaceTime or in the traditional way.
Commands to organize the agenda
In the Apple ecosystem we find many applications that help us be more productive and organized. One of these is for example Calendar where we include all the events we have pending.
- What meetings I have the day … (say the specific day you want to consult).
- It includes a new meeting on (day and time) with (name of person) at (date of meeting).
- Remind me that … (add that you want to be reminded of Siri), in (place where you want to be reminded) at (time or day you want to be reminded).
- Creates a list called … (name of the list).
- Include something in the list … (name of the list).
Commands to control the device.
Sometimes we can be a little lazy about performing certain actions on our computer such as raising or lowering the brightness as well as disabling or activating the connectivities.
- Activate/Deactivate Bluetooth.
- Enable/Disable WiFi.
- Activate/Deactivate ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.
- Activate/Deactivate mobile data.
- Volume up/down (a specific percentage can be specified)
- Activate/deactivate ‘Airplane mode’.
- Activate/Deactivate ‘Night Shift’.
- Set a new alarm.
- Enable a timer or stopwatch
- Open (name the application).
On our devices we can have an extensive library of entertainment content thanks to Apple Music or Apple TV+. We can control all this with our virtual assistant as well as consult the sports results of our favourite team.
- Play the song … (name of the song).
- Play some … (name the author of the song).
- Go ahead.
- Next song.
- Previous song.
- It plays the best songs of the year…
- What song is playing right now.
- What is the result of the last match of the… (team to be consulted).
- Flight status.. (flight number).
Siri can also be a good travel companion to consult for example how long it will take to get to work or simply to be able to enable the browser.
- Indicate how to go to … (say the name of the place where you want to go or the specific address).
- Take me home/work (if you have previously set up both directions).
- What’s the traffic situation in my area.
- How can I get to… (destination) by (public transport, car or walking).
- It’s such a nice weather right now.
- What the weather will be like (on a specific day).
- What the weather will be like in (location).
- Do I need an umbrella?
Commands that will help us in our daily lives
Sometimes we may have some questions on the table that cannot be placed in any of these categories. For example the conversion of currencies or simple mathematical operations.
- How much is (number) plus/minus/multiplied/divided (number)
- Calculate the square root of (number).
- Convert (amount and currency) to (currency to be converted).
- What is the price of the shares of (company name).
- What time is it in … (country to be consulted).
Siri’s funny commands
But not everything has to be productive, Siri can also give us tremendously funny responses to certain commands. We invite you to try out each of these commands so that you can enjoy the fun responses.
- When will be the end of the world.
- What is the meaning of life
- Divide zero by zero.
- Where babies come from.
- There is a God.
- What’s your favorite color.
- Where are you, Scooby-Doo?
- Beam me up, Scotty.
As you can see, there are a lot of commanders to use with Siri and we hope that in the future there will be many more available. In the last few years Siri has made a good leap in the right direction and now we hope that it will remain so for the rest of the generations.
And you, what do you ask Siri in her daily life? Leave us your suggestions in the comment box.
- How to invoke Siri on our devices
- The most productive commands to take advantage of Siri