Use Siri to translate from nine foreign languages into English. See the translation, and hear it also. It’s as easy as “How do you say…”
Translate words and phrases into other languages using Siri. It’s easy when you know how, and here’s how:
Just say “How do you say…” and then the words you want to translate and then “… in Spanish.” Or “… in French.” Or “… in German.” (Or one of several other languages.) For example:
How do you say “Where is the bathroom” in Spanish?
You’ll see the translation written out, and also spoken. Want to hear it again? Tap the “play” button at the right of the translation.
Or… how do you say “Where is the nearest train station” in French?
Or… how do you say “I would like three pretzels with mustard” in German?
Not sure which language to translate into? Just ask “How do you say…” and then your phrase, but don’t specify a language to translate into. Then, choose a language from the list that appears. For example:
(If you scroll you’ll see that Siri also knows Mandarin Chinese.)
Tap a language and see the result.
Speaking of Russian, here’s a phrase that may have, possibly, come in handy for some people recently:
Want to go in the other direction– Spanish to English, or French to English, or German to English, or (whatever) to English? Sorry, Siri can’t do that. Not right now. (Technically Siri CAN do that, but you’d have to set the Siri language to Spanish, or French, or German, or whatever, and that messes up other things, so for now, the answer is “Sorry, Siri can’t do that.”)
The iPhone’s built-in Camera app can scan QR codes. No need to download a specialized app for that. For older systems, use the free Qrafter app.
iOS 12’s Camera app can scan a QR code. All you do is launch the Camera app and aim it at a code, like this:
You will see a little notification banner, like this:
Tap the notification and presto, you’re done. Neat.
Note: not too long ago the Camera app didn’t work this way. If you aim your iPhone’s camera at a QR code and nothing happens, your iPhone might be on an older iOS. In that case, consider updating. If you don’t want to update your iPhone’s system, or can’t, you can use the Qrafter app to scan QR codes instead of the Camera app. It’s free, and it’s great.
Here’s how you can quickly scroll back to the top of any list or content on your iPhone.
Many iPhone apps present vertically scrolling information, either in list view or just long content. Here are some of those apps (there are many more):
Mail (list view, and long content)
Settings (list view)
Reminders (list view)
Safari (long content)
NY Times (list view, and long content)
Sometimes you find yourself way, way down the list, or way, way down the web page, and you want to get back to the top. You already know how to do it the hard way: swipe down a bunch of times, until you reach the top (that is, the opposite of how you ended up way down there– a little at a time).
Here’s the easy way: tap at the very top of the screen, where it shows the time, and your content will quickly zoom to the top. It’s like an express elevator. Technically you can tap any part of the very top of the screen and it will work– you don’t have to actually tap the time. That is how you do it on iPhones with Home buttons.
iPhones without Home buttons (iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR) don’t show the time centered at the very top of the screen, because there is no screen at the very top center, and it turns out that tapping the time (at the right “ear” of the screen) doesn’t scroll to the top, and neither does tapping the left ear. But… if you DOUBLE-tap either ear, it works. Twice as much work as it used to be, but still a lot less work than swiping a bunch of times.
Here are a couple of before-and-after pictures. In each case, all I did was tap at the top, where the time is. (I’m using an iPhone 8 Plus — an iPhone with a Home button– for these examples. iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR users should tap twice at the very top, on either ear of the iPhone’s screen.)
This feature should work in every app employing vertical scrolling. Try it and see!
Siri can adjust the volume for you, hands-free. Just say “Hey Siri, turn it up” or “Hey Siri, make it softer.”
If you’re playing something on your iPhone or iPad you can make it louder by asking Siri to turn it up. (You probably guessed that you can also make it softer by asking Siri to turn it down.) You can say “make it louder” or “increase the volume” instead of “turn it up” and there may be more phrases that work. Experiment, and if you find a phrase that I don’t know about, put it in the comments.
Note: if you aren’t currently playing something (music, a podcast) you’ll get a message like this one:
UPDATE April 2019: now you can tell Siri to make it louder, and she (he) will not complain. This improvement came without an iPhone iOS update– it must have been fixed at Apple’s end, silently. Thanks, Apple!
Siri can look at your calendar and tell you what’s coming up next.
Keeping a calendar on your iPhone is a great idea, and Siri makes it better. Just say “Hey Siri, when’s my next appointment?” and Siri reads it to you out loud (assuming you’re using the built-in Calendar app). Really handy when your hands are full, or wet, or whatever.