7 Useful Siri Tips You’ll Probably Use
Siri is smarter than you thought, here are a few less well known things you can make the Apple assistant do for you:
Siri will speak the name of the person calling you before you pick up your iPhone. Enable this in Settings>Phone>Announce Calls. You can choose to have this kick in all the time, only when you are using headphones, or in your car using Carplay.
Looking for the photos you took last weekend? Searching for images you snapped last year on vacation in Portugal? Seeking out your pictures of dogs? Just ask Siri questions like: “Find my pictures taken last weekend,” or “Siri, find my pictures of dogs”… Siri has the same kind of intelligence Photos already has inside, so you might as well use it.
When did you last take a look inside of the Alarm section inside your Clock app? If you did (or if you do) you might well find that every alarm you have ever set is still available there, creating a cacophony of potential alarms to choose from. It’s messy.
You can delete them individually, or..
Siri can help, just tell it: “Siri, delete all my alarms”.
You’ll be asked to confirm the instruction (“are you sure you want to delete all your alarms?”). Siri will delete all those alarms… it don’t forget to reset any regular alarms you might rely on, as they will also be deleted.
Got lots of apps? Rather than swiping endlessly through your Home screens trying to find them, or ferreting through folders frantically, you can just ask Siri to open the app. Or identify the song playing where you are, or do calculations and create events or reminders.
Lost and Found
Found an iPad or iPhone? Just tap the Home button to summon Siri and ask it “who owns this iPad”, or, “who owns this iPhone”… the owner’s details will pop up, assuming they have not disabled this feature for privacy’s sake.
If Siri keeps getting names wrong, correct to: just tell it to “learn to pronouns Xanthe Wanderwarrior’s name” (or another name if you don’t know her). You will be asked to say both first and second names and Siri will try to learn to say it properly too.
You can ask Siri to call people for you, but you can also ask Siri to make that call and put it on speakerphone, just say: “Siri, call [contact name] on speaker.