70 Siri Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

Siri is a major part of the iPhone and iPad, and many users don’t know everything that Siri can do on iOS 11 and iOS 10. 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, play your favorite music and even translate for you.

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 three 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 wait for an iOS 11 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.

Use these 50+ Siri tips and tricks to master the latest Siri features and do more with your iPhone and iPad.
Use these 50+ Siri tips and tricks to master the latest Siri features and do more with your iPhone and iPad.

In this look at 70+ 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.

Say. "Hey Siri" to turn Siri on at anytime.
Say. “Hey Siri” to turn Siri on at anytime.

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

How to get an Uber ride with Siri.
How to get an Uber ride 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

Use Siri to check Sports data and info.
Use Siri to check Sports data and info.

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,

  1. Did the “team name” win?
  2. How did “team name” do last night?
  3. What was the score the last time the “team name” played the “team name”?
  4.  When do the “team name” play next?
  5. What basket ball games are on today?
  6. What channel is the Red Sox game on?
  7. Who’s the best team in Hockey?
  8. Get me College basketball rankings
  9. Show me the roster for the “team name”
  10. 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

Force Siri to search Google instead of Bing.
Force Siri to search 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. Translate with Siri

Ask Siri, “How do I translate a phrase into Spanish.” You can use Siri to translate from English into Spanish, German, French, Italian and Mandarin. You can also say “Translate a word or phrase into Italian.”, to use this command.

You cannot translate from another language to English at this time.

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.

Check store hours using Siri.
Check store hours using Siri.

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.

Siri can search your photos by voice.
Siri can search your photos by voice.

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

Siri ETA

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.

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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.

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21 Comments

  1. Lonnie Drake

    03/10/2014 at 12:10 am

    So glad to read this article

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  2. TG

    03/10/2014 at 11:37 pm

    Awesome article, I know most of these but found few new which I was not aware of. Glad, I saw the video. Thanks.

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    03/13/2014 at 12:36 pm

    Well, the first thing Siri would tell you is that the plural of the word “year” does not include an apostrophe. In fact, NO word in its plural form requires an apostrophe. They teach that in 2nd grade, but apparently not in internet journalism school.

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    09/04/2014 at 11:48 pm

    I give siri 10* an excellent app!!! Extremely helpful for the busy lifestyle that we ALL have in todays world if fast everything!!

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  7. Penny

    09/07/2015 at 6:18 pm

    I am not a teche, Siri is my best friend!

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  8. Sharman

    03/21/2016 at 4:37 am

    Well, I hardly know 10 out of these hidden features. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful post! I really loved it and I am sure to share these tricks with my friends.

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  9. Dugway

    03/23/2016 at 6:50 pm

    Try telling Siri “tongue twister”.

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  10. Colleen

    03/29/2016 at 5:45 pm

    Very helpful. Thank you

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  11. Richard Grimshaw

    05/06/2016 at 4:49 pm

    Great article but Siri will not actually take a photograph, like say you had your phone fixed to a tripod set to take a group photo and you could then actually say “hey Siri take photo” and it took a pic of what was in frame!! Why can’t it do that?? Surely it should be able to perform a simple task like that???

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    08/22/2016 at 1:01 pm

    Wow. I have hated iPhones for far too long. Time to try them again.

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    10/09/2016 at 6:30 am

    I just updated to ios 10.02. Where did the feature that allows me to never turn off the phone go?

    I use this feature in conjunction with a range finder app on the golf course. The way it is now I need to reboot every 2 minutes. HELP

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  16. Laurie

    10/09/2016 at 4:04 pm

    The whole entire time I had an iPhone I never used Siri as I didn’t think there was any reason to, but it sounds like it does some pretty cool stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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    10/31/2016 at 2:31 pm

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  20. Ronald Dealy

    12/21/2016 at 9:28 am

    I would just like to know if seri can be set to run longer times than she does for longer questions like you stated questions of or about life and such or about problems in life I have found seri to be very useful in many instant sea and would like to know how to make these changes if she can do them,I’m sure that there’s probably things that she cannot do but I’m really interested in these features ok how do I make seri run for a longer time so only one question needs to be asked and an answere be given ok that’s what I’m interested in at this moment thank you so very much.Ron Dealy

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