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Siri Tip of the Day: Alarm Clock

The iPhone is a great alarm clock and Siri makes it so easy to set. Just say “Hey Siri: wake me up at…” and then the desired time. Go to the Clock app afterward and check if you want to:

You can get fancier. Maybe you want to set the alarm once, then forget about it, so the iPhone wakes you up at the same time every day. In that case, just add “every day” to the phrase, like so:

Now you’re probably thinking “That’s too early for weekends!” So, do it this way: “Wake me up at 5:30 am on weekdays.”

Siri: Wake me up at 5:30 am on weekdays

Note: experimenting with the alarms can result in a LOT of alarms being set. Of course you can go to the Clock app and delete the ones you don’t want, but that can take a while.

Too many alarms!

Solve this problem the easy way– that is, ask Siri to do it. Just say “Clear all alarms.”

Clearing alarms, the easy way

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Siri Tip of the Day: Show Passwords

Ever wonder what your password is for a particular website or app? Of course you have. The iPhone and iPad can save those passwords for you, and you can go to Settings/Passwords & Accounts to view them, but you have to find the one you want and that can be a pain.

Siri to the rescue: just say “What’s my Amazon password” or “Show me my FatCow password” and Siri will take you to the right place in the Passwords & Accounts list. Actually what it does is it does a search of the Passwords & Accounts list, same as you can, but Siri does it faster than you.

Asking Siri for a password

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Siri Tip of the Day: Launch Apps

Siri can launch any app. Just say “Launch” and then the name of the app. For example, “Launch Calendar” or “Launch Calculator.” This is really great for those with a lot of apps on their iPhones and iPads (and for those who don’t, but still have trouble finding things).

You can often say “Open” in place of “Launch.” Not always. You’ll have to experiment.

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Siri Tip of the Day: Get Sports Scores and Info

Siri is pretty good at giving you information about sports. For example, you can ask how a team did last night. (Notice– see below– how Siri is helpful, and gentle, when there’s no matching information to provide.)

Asking how a team did last night (or is doing)

Or, you can ask when a game will be played.

Asking when a game will be played

Or (my favorite), you can ask what TV channel a game will be shown on.

Asking what TV channel a game is on

Try them all!

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Siri Tip of the Day: Call Using Speaker Phone

You probably know that you can tell Siri to call someone. It’s a great feature (and another reason that you should maintain an up-to-date address book). You can make a great feature even greater by telling Siri to use the speaker phone. See below.

Remember to say “using speakerphone” at the end

That’s all there is to it! Convenient as anything, and a safe way to go while driving. If you don’t say “using speakerphone” Siri will still make the call, but then you have to reach for the phone and tap the speakerphone button. Doing it the right way (that is, all at once with the “using speakerphone” command at the end), you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

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Siri Tip of the Day: Hey Siri

Siri can be summoned hand-free if you have the “Hey Siri” feature turned on. Once you do that, all you have to do is say “Hey Siri” and then give your command. To turn it on, go to Settings/Siri & Search.

Settings/Siri & Search…
Control for “Hey Siri”

If that switch is not on, turn it on. You may be asked to train Siri to listen for your voice. If so, just do what it says on the screen. It takes only a minute to do it. From then on, your iPhone (or iPad) will listen for the keywords “Hey Siri” and then do whatever else you tell it to do.

For example:

Asking Siri how the batteries in my Airpods are doing, via “Hey Siri.”

“Hey Siri” doesn’t work for every iPhone nor every iPad. It works on newer ones. It doesn’t work on older ones. It works on in-between ones but only when they are charging. The reason for this: “Hey Siri” uses a little bit of battery power, because it’s listening. Newer iPhones and iPads have special low-power chips made especially for this sort of task, so they don’t have to be charging for Hey Siri to work. Learn more about which devices work with Hey Siri at Apple’s site.

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Siri Tip of the Day: Battery Level

Ask Siri “How’s my battery” and she (he) will tell you.

Checking the iPhone’s battery level via Siri

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Siri Tip of the Day: Choose Siri’s Voice

You can choose a different voice for Siri. It’s funny how much of a difference this makes in terms of comfort and usability. If you don’t like one voice try another.

Start by going to Settings, then Siri & Search. You’ll see something like the picture below. Tap Siri Voice. Then choose whichever voice you want. You may have to wait for the voice to download but it won’t take long.

Changing Siri’s voice

You might think that you could change Siri’s voice by asking Siri to do it herself (or himself). That doesn’t work, not yet, not as of iOS 12.1.4.

Siri can’t change her own voice.

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Fastest and slowest ways to charge your iPhone

Generally speaking, the fastest way to charge your iPhone is via an iPad charger. Yes, an iPad charger. iPad chargers are 12 watts, while the iPhone charger is only 5 watts. More watts translates to less charging time. By the way, a USB port on your Mac is 2.5 watts, so charging your iPhone by plugging it into your Mac is really a bad idea. It’s convenient, but it just takes too long.

The bad news: iPhones don’t come with iPad chargers. The good news: you can get an iPad charger at Amazon (or at an Apple Store). Get the genuine Apple one.

iPad Charger, folded
iPad Charger, USB port
iPad Charger, plug detail

Strictly speaking, there’s an even faster way to charge your iPhone, but only if your iPhone is an iPhone 8, or an 8 plus, or an X, or an XR, or an XS, or an XS Max. If you have one of those iPhones you can use the Apple 30W USB-C power adapter. You’ll also need a USB-C to Lightning cable. Bonus: you can use the 30W USB-C charger with a lot of iPads too. See the product page for more details.

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