Although everything points to that voice assistants like Amazon Echo , Google Home or Apple’s future assistant will soon conquer homes around the world and become the center of our homes, the truth is that we do not take advantage of it today. And this, perhaps, is because in most of the cases we do not know all the functionalities that they can offer us.
According to a study carried out Verto , an application analysis company, Siri is the most used voice assistant in the world with 41.4 million users last May. However, like its alternatives, it has also registered a progressive decrease, and this figure is 15% lower than last year.
If you have an Apple device and you are one of those who do not use this voice assistant too, surely when you discover all that Siri can do for you, you will start to take it more into use. And it allows you to do many tasks without touching the screen of your smartphone, which is very useful in many occasions where we have busy hands, for example while driving or cooking.
In this list we tell you some essential tricks to get the most out of your iPhone . Take notes and put them into practice!
10. Make calls with Siri
Do you need to call a person and do not want to waste time looking at the contact list? With Siri you can make calls just by saying the person you want to talk to.
It is very simple: say “Call [Name of person] “, for example ” Call Prashant” , and the assistant will look up the number in the phone book to dial it. In case you have several contacts with the same name or different numbers assigned to a person, Siri will ask you to know who to call.
On the other hand, if you introduce the relationship you have with each person, you can ask Siri, for example, Call my mother . To indicate who your family and friends are, tell Siri, for example, ” Luis is my father “, and the assistant will remember.
In addition to conventional phone calls, you also have the ability to use a third-party app to establish the call. To do this, just tell Siri from which app you want to call, for example ” Call my mother from WhatsApp” .
9. Send a message by iMessage, WhatsApp or Telegram
With the arrival of iOS 10, Siri implemented a functionality that allows sending messages to our contacts not only through the native app iMessage, but also using third-party applications.
If instead of typing a message you prefer to dictate to Siri for her to send, what you have to do is say ” Send a message to [Contact Name] by WhatsApp / Telegram / Skype / LINE” . Just be aware that it does not work with all instant messaging apps , for example you can not do it with Google Hangouts.
Of course, you can also send a conventional SMS through iMessage . In this case, say “Send a message to [Contact name] + [Message content]” , for example ” Send a message to Prashant + I will get home in 10 minutes” . Try not to use conjunctions before the text of the message, otherwise Siri will interpret that it is part of the content. If you make a mistake, before sending the siri will offer you the possibility to rectify the text.
8. Ask for a taxi or food delivery
Did you know that you can use Siri to request certain services , such as ordering a taxi, a VTC car or food at home in a simple way and without having to touch the screen of your iPhone?
Before using this option, you need to activate the location services for Siri . If you have not already done so, go to Settings, Privacy, Location , scroll down to Siri and then dictate and check the When using the application box .
Once you have the location services activated, open Siri and say, for example, ” Ask me for a taxi” . It will give you the possibility to select some of the taxi and VTC apps that you have installed on your iPhone. Then, it will indicate the approximate time in which they can pick you up and give you the option to request the service by voice commands.
7. Control iPhone settings and apps
Other tricks to take full advantage of Siri on your iPhone are the ones that allow you to control some settings or apps on your mobile phone.
You have infinite options: manage the calendar, dictate notes, take photos, open apps, configure some settings, put music, etc. To find out all the options available, ask Siri ” What do you know? “ And you will see a complete list of settings and apps that allows you to control.
For example, you can say “Activate the Airplane Mode” for Siri to do it for you , “Take a picture” to open the main camera or “take a selfie” to open the front, or “Set the alarm at 8” to set the alarm without touching the screen.
6. Ask what you want to know
Siri is full of wisdom and is able to offer an answer to all of your doubts. You have the possibility to ask him about any subject, and the assistant will answer you either with precise data or with a selection of the results that can be found on the Internet when doing a search of your question.
For example, you can consult general knowledge : ” How many kilometers are there in three miles? “, “In what year was Christopher Columbus born?” or “Who is Steve Jobs?” ; sports results and related data: “Who has won the Indian Football League?” , “Where is the jawaharlal nehru stadium?” or “When does the cricket world cup begin?” ; the weather forecast : “What time will it rain today?” ; as well as other issues that Siri will look for in the Internet to offer a response.
5. Make posts on Facebook or Twitter
If you are an active user in social networks like Facebook or Twitter, thanks to the tricks of Siri for the iPhone you will be able to create and publish posts in a blink of an eye from your mobile.
The process is simple: say ” Publish to Twitter / Facebook “(if it is for the first time you are posting through Siri, Siri will ask you to give access to your account), dictate the text you would like to include in your post, review it and modify what you want, and when everything is correct say or press ” Publish” .Currently, the system does not allow to share photos of the gallery using Siri.
The procedure is very fast and fluid , so in a few seconds your post will be ready without touching the screen.
4. Set reminders and alarms
Putting an alarm on your mobile or scheduling a reminder has never been so easy and comfortable as through Siri . Forget about touching the screen and investing the time in adjusting the clock or typing the text you would like to remember, because the iOS wizard allows you to do these tasks with just a sentence.
To create an alarm all you have to do is say instructions like “Set the alarm for 8 o’clock “ or “Wake me up within 40 minutes” , or set a timer saying “Let me know within 3 minutes” .
The method for creating reminders is easy and quick . You can create them by saying “Remind me to buy bread in the afternoon”, “Remind me that tomorrow at 10 I have a dentist appointment”or “Remind me to call my mother later” .
If you wish, you can also ask Siri to remind you of things when you are near a certain place . For example, you can say “Remind me to buy sugar when I get home” as long as you have entered your address in your contact information.
3. Search for photos and videos
We have lot of photos and videos, finding the contents that we need on the iPhone’s gallery can turn out to be a real hell.
However, Siri can make this task much easier: you can tell him to look for you the images and videos according to the date or place where they were taken. In this way you will quickly locate the content you are looking for and you will see them together in one place.
To take advantage of this feature, say “Search for my photos from Mumbai” , “Show me my videos from April” or “Show me the photos from this summer” . Then the assistant will show you the contents that fit your requirements so you can see them and organize them as you want.
2. Open a website
If you go somewhere and do not know the route to get there, just tell Siri so she can find you the best route through the iOS Maps app . It indicates the street, the number and the city, and Siri herself will be in charge of giving you the instructions to follow the route without touching the screen of the mobile.
On the other hand, if you are not very clear where to go, you also have the possibility to ask advice from the virtual assistant. For example, you can say “Show me good and cheap restaurants nearby” , “I need a pharmacy” or ” Take me to the gas station” . Siri will perform a search and at the moment will show you the 15 results that best fit your needs and requirements.
Check out the suggestions and when you find your location in Siri, you will be given directions to follow the route.
1. Ask Siri to read messages and emails
One of the most useful tricks that Siri knows how to do is read messages to you from both iMessage and Mail native applications and from third-party apps, including WhatsApp.
For example, if you say “Read me the last email I received” , the wizard will retrieve your last e-mail, tell you the time it have arrived and proceed to read the sender, subject and content.
For WhatsApp messages , use the ” Read WhatsApp Messages” statement . If it is the first time you ask, you will first have to allow Siri access to the application. Once this is done, the wizard will be able to read your WhatsApp messages, but only those that you have not yet opened. The others can only be viewed directly in the messaging application.