Use Siri to go directly to any iOS app’s preferences

Quit hunting around in the iOS Settings app, looking for some setting. Instead, ask Siri. Siri can take you right where you need to go.

Let’s face it, there are a LOT of preferences in the Settings app. Finding the one you want can be tough. Siri can help!

For example… want to see the preferences for Safari? Just say “Show me Safari preferences” and voila, there they are.

Asking Siri to show Safari preferences

Same thing with iCloud settings:

Asking Siri to open iCloud settings

Siri isn’t limited to helping with Apple apps. It can help you, for example, with the settings for Google Maps, like so:

Asking Siri to open Google Maps’ preferences

Notice how there’s no “perfect” way to phrase your request– you can ask Siri to “show preferences,” or “open settings,”, or “open preferences” for the app in question. There are probably other phrases that work.

Regardless of the exact phrasing you use, being able to go directly to the settings you care about will save you a ton of time. Try it and see!


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Siri Tip of the Day: What Song is that?

You can ask Siri to listen to the music and tell you what’s playing. Yes, this is Shazam, but Apple bought them, and now it’s part of Siri.

You may know about an app called Shazam.

Shazam app icon

When activated, Shazam will listen to whichever song is playing on the radio or TV and identify it for you. Very cool, but it gets cooler, because Apple acquired Shazam and added Shazam’s abilities to Siri. So now, instead of launching the Shazam app (which still works, ad-free by the way) you can say “Hey Siri, what song is this…”

Siri, what song is this?

… and get your answer, without opening an app. Pretty neat.

Here’s your answer: Siri knows songs!

Of course there’s a “Buy” button right there alongside the name of the song, in case you have that urge. The main thing is, you can get the name of the song, and the artist.

Try it and see. Quicker and easier than opening an app, available hands-free (“Hey, Siri!”) in case you’re in the kitchen making pancakes.

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Siri Tip of the Day: What’s my Elevation

Get your elevation by asking Siri. This works on iPhones from the iPhone 6 and newer.

Your iPhone, if it’s new enough, knows your elevation. You can find out how high up you are by simply asking Siri. There are various ways to phrase it, but the way I do it is “What’s my elevation?”

Siri knows how high you are.

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Siri Tip of the Day: Translate

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?

Siri: 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?

Siri: 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?

Siri: 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:

Siri: How do you say “I love you”

(If you scroll you’ll see that Siri also knows Mandarin Chinese.)

Tap a language and see the result.

How to say “I love you” in Russian

Speaking of Russian, here’s a phrase that may have, possibly, come in handy for some people recently:

Siri: how do you say “Could you help me get elected” in Russian

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.”)

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