Siri Tip of the Day: Hey Siri

Siri’s even better hands-free. Ask Siri to set a timer when your hands are wet or dirty. Ask Siri what the weather’s like as you shave or comb your hair. And much, much more.

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.

Author: Christian Boyce

Christian Boyce is a Mac and iPhone expert specializing in teaching people how to use Apple devices better, to get more done with them, and to have more fun doing it. He bought his first Mac (a Mac Plus) in 1986 and his first iPhone in 2007. He's written books and magazine articles, and given seminars at Macworld Expo, MacFair/LA, and the California Computer Expo. Over 30 years in the business.

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