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.
Same thing with 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:
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!
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…”
… and get your answer, without opening an app. Pretty neat.
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.
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.”)
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.