Siri is a major part of the iPhone and iPad, and many users don’t know everything that Siri can do on iOS 10 and iOS 9. There is an almost endless list of Siri features that can turn your digital personal assistant into a powerful force to answer your questions in a snap, make your life simpler and even play your favorite music.
If you recently spotted Cookie Monster saying, “Hey Siri set a timer.” this Siri guide will show you everything you need to know about how it works.
After using Siri for a few year’s we discovered a collection of hidden Siri features as well as a number of Siri tips and tricks that only come to light when you get past the basics of setting an alarm and making a phone call.
Over the past two years Apple made Siri more reliable, which adds more value and power to these Siri tips and tricks.
These hidden Siri features are not locked behind a special code and there is no need to use the iOS 10 jailbreak to unlock them. No, these Siri features are available to everyone on iOS 9 or higher, but most users have no clue that these features exist, or how to use them.
In this look at 60+ hidden Siri features we’ll dive deep into the personal assistant to show users the lesser known tasks Siri is capable of. While Siri users will surely know a few things on this list already, we expect everyone will learn a few tricks.
We’ll start with a few Siri tricks that users are more likely to know and move into the lesser known.
Hidden Siri Features
The eight minute video below walks through these Siri features that users will find on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. These features can help you do more with Siri and avoid typing and even unlocking your iPhone in some cases.
1. Use Hey Siri for Hands free Access
Apple recently enlisted Cookie Monster to show off the Hey Siri feature on the iPhone 6s, as he longs for a timer to finish so he can eat cookies.
If you own the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus you can say, “Hey Siri” anytime to access all the features listed below. You don’t need to be connected to power for this to work, and it is an awesome way to build Siri into your daily life. We use it to check the weather, set timers, turn off all alarms and much more.
Turn this on by going to Settings -> Siri -> Hey Siri -> On. Then follow the setup procedures.
If you own an older device you can still use Hey Siri, but only when plugged into power. It’s still very handy for checking things while the phone is charging on your nightstand or desk.
2.Remind Me About This
When you are looking at a webpage or an app you can say Remind me about this and Siri will take what you are looking at add it to a reminder. You can combine this with remind me at a certain time or remind me at a place and you’ll no longer need to copy and paste something or describe it in a reminder. Just have it open on your screen and say “Remind me about this.”
3. Get an Uber With Siri
Siri now connects to a variety of apps. You can say Get me an Uber home, or to a specific place and you’ll see the ride summary with an option to book it. You can also hail a Lyft.
You’ll need to set this up in Settings -> Siri -> App Support and be logged in to the Uber or Lyft app.
4. Check Sports Scores, Schedule, Channel and More
Whenever you need to know who is winning a major league or college game for popular sports just ask Siri what the score is for the team name, or ask when the team plays next to get ready to watch. You can ask,
- Did the “team name” win?
- How did “team name” do last night?
- What was the score the last time the “team name” played the “team name”?
- When do the “team name” play next?
- What basket ball games are on today?
- What channel is the Red Sox game on?
- Who’s the best team in Hockey?
- Get me College basketball rankings
- Show me the roster for the “team name”
- Who is pitching for “team name” this season?
This works for a wide variety of sports and you can also use Siri to find out when minor league teams play.
5. Google Instead of Bing
When you search for something with Siri the iPhone searches Bing. If you don’t like Bing, like many users, you can still use Google.
Instead of asking Siri a question or a search you need to say, “Search Google for ..” and then whatever you want. This will get you the Google search results.
6. Open Favorite Apps
For now you cannot control other apps like Spotify with Siri, but you can open the app which makes using it that much easier. This is handy to use while at a stoplight or when walking to your car. Use Siri to open the app and get it ready so you can tap on a playlist and get going. You will need to unlock the iPhone to open the app.
7. Get Voice Feedback All the Time
If you want Siri to read back your messages before sending them and talk back to you when you ask the service to do something go to Settings -> General -> Siri -> Voice Feedback -> On. Now Siri will talk whenever you ask for something. You can also choose to only hear this when using a handsfree device.
A recent upgrade allows you to set this to work with the mute switch on the side of the iPhone so that you will only hear voice feedback when your phone is not on silent. This is overruled when using Hey Siri or when connected to a handsfree device,
8. Find Out How Late a Store is Open
You can now ask Siri how late a store is open. Say, “How late is store name open?” and if it is a known store with posted hours you will get the hours for that day, the reviews, distance to the store and a small map.
9. Set Reminders for Locations
Once Siri knows where you live and work you can tell the assistant to remind you to do something when you get to a location. Just say, “Remind me to grab the eggs when I get home.” Or, if you need to make sure you take something when you leave a location say, “Remind me to take the report when I leave.” This is handy for locations like hotels or meetings. If you say a location and Siri doesn’t know it, like Work, you can fill n the details.
With iOS 9 and iOS 10 you can even say Remind me when I get to my car, if you pair your iPhone with a car Bluetooth system.
10. Find Photos Using Siri
You can use Siri to find photos using time and location. Simply say “Show me photos from last week” or you can go with last year or any other date range.
You can also say show me photos from a specific city or location and you’ll see your photos.
Other options include “Show me my selfies.” and “Show me my videos.”
11. Convert Measurements
Need to convert gallons to cups or cups to ounces? How about miles to kilometers or inches to centimeters? Say, “How many x are in y?” and Siri can convert the measurements for you.
12. Find Out How Long Until Your Arrive
If you are using the iPhone for navigation and you need to know how long you have left to get to a location simply ask Siri, “What’s my ETA” and she will provide an estimate. This is handy while driving especially if the route changes or traffic is worse than anticipated.
13. Search for Recent Tweets
If you want to know what someone is tweeting about without opening up Twitter, just say, ” What is person’s name saying?” You can also ask what a brand or website is saying and it will show you their recent tweets.
14. Teach Siri How to Pronounce Names
If Siri constantly butchers names of your contacts simply say “Learn how to pronounce contact name.” When prompted pronounce the first name and then pick an option and then the last name and pick an option.
15. Search Your Notes
Say, “Find my note about keyword” and Siri will show any notes in the Notes app with that topic in the title or in the text of the note. Perfect for finding a note you need fast.