Siri Tip of the Day: go directly to any iOS app’s settings

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 settings in the Settings app. Finding the one you want can be tough. Siri can help!

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

Screenshots showing how you can ask Siri to show Safari preferences
Asking Siri to show Safari preferences

Same thing with iCloud settings:

Screenshot showing how you can ask Siri to open 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:

Screenshot showing how you can ask Siri to open Google Maps' preferences
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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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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