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Siri commands



What is Siri?

What is Siri? Siri is an application for the iPhone that provides speech recognition capabilities, allowing you to speak commands to your phone.  It lets you use your voice to make calls, send messages, schedule meetings, set reminders, and a whole lot more.  Siri understands what you say, allowing you hands free control to your iPhone 4s.

Can my iPhone use Siri?

The Siri application is currently only supported on the iPhone 4s. If you are looking for an application for Android, consider trying Vingo.

How to set up Siri

By default, Siri is enabled.  To access Siri configuration, go to Settings > General > Siri.

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How to open Siri

  1. Hold down the home key.  You can activate Siri by holding down the home key for a few seconds.
  2. Raise the iPhone to your ear.  If in your Siri configuration settings you set [Raise to Speak = On], you will be able to activate Siri by raising the iPhone to your ear.  After a moment, you should hear an audible tone indicating that you can begin to speak.
  3. Access Siri via your bluetooth device. Siri does support activation via bluetooth devices.  You will have to test to see if your device is compatible.

List of the Basic Siri Commands

  • Phone: “Call Fred”
  • FaceTime “FaceTime HSelf.”
  • Music “Play MUSE”
  • Messages: “Tell Neal, I’ll be right there.” or “Send message to Neal”
  • Calendar: “Set up a meeting with Neal at 9.”
  • Reminders: “Remind me to call Starbucks.”
  • Maps: “How do I get to LAX?”
  • Mail: “Email Seth about Profits.”
  • Weather:“What’s the weather for tomorrow?”
  • Stocks: “What is GOOG stock price?”
  • Contacts: “What’s Neal address?”
  • Notes: “Note I need to buy Milk”
  • Safari: “Search the web Twitter.”

Talk to Siri about your Contacts

“What’s Neal’s address?”
“What is Susan Park’s phone number?”
“When is my wife’s birthday?”
“Show Jennifer’s home email address”
“Show Jason Russell”
“Find people named Park”
“Who is Niall Ferguson?”

Talk to Siri about Calendars Events

“Set up a meeting at 9″
“Set up a meeting with Michael at 9″
“Meet with Lisa at noon”
“Set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9am”
“New appointment with Susan Park Friday at 3″
“Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom”

Ask Siri to Change events

“Move my 3pm meeting to 4:30″
“Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Manning to next Monday at 9am”
“Add Lisa to my meeting with Jason”
“Cancel the budget review meeting”

Ask Siri about your events

“What does the rest of my day look like?”
“What’s on my calendar for Friday?”
“When is my next appointment?”
“When am I meeting with Michael?”
“Where is my next meeting?”

Talk to Siri about Time Functions

Ask Siri to set Alarms

“Wake me up tomorrow at 7am”
“Set an alarm for 6:30am”
“Wake me up in 8 hours”
“Change my 6:30 alarm to 6:45″
“Turn off my 6:30 alarm”
“Delete my 7:30 alarm”

Ask Siri to check the time

“What time is it?”
“What time is it in Berlin?”
“What is today’s date?”
“What’s the date this Saturday?”

Ask Siri to use a Timer

“Set the timer for ten minutes”
“Show the timer”
“Pause the timer”
“Resume”
“Reset the timer”
“Stop it”

Talk to Siri about Email

Ask Siri to Send Email Messages

“Email Lisa about the trip”
“Email Jennifer about the change in plans”
“New email to Susan Park”
“Mail Dad about the rent check”
“Email Dr. Manning and say I got the forms, thanks”
“Mail Lisa and Jason about the party and say I had a great time”

Tell Siri to Check Email Messages

“Check email”
“Any new email from Michael today?”
“Show new mail about the lease”
“Show the email from Lisa yesterday”

Tell Siri to Respond to Email Messages

“Reply Dear Susan sorry about the late payment”
“Call him at work”

Tell Siri about your Friends

“Where’s Jason?”
“Where is my sister?”
“Is my wife at home?”
“Where are all my friends?”
“Who is here?”
“Who is near me?”

Tell Siri about Maps and Directions

“How do I get home?”
“Show 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino California”
“Directions to my dad’s work”

Tell Siri about Local Businesses

“Find coffee near me”
“Where is Starbucks?”
“Find some burger joints in Baltimore”
“Find a gas station within walking distance”
“Good Mexican restaurants around here”

Tell Siri to Send Text Messages (SMS)

“Tell Susan I’ll be right there”
“Send a message to Jason Russell”
“Send a message to Lisa saying how about tomorrow”
“Tell Jennifer the show was great”
“Send a message to Susan on her mobile saying I’ll be late”
“Send a message to 408 555 1212″
“Text Jason and Lisa where are you?”

Tell Siri to Read Text Messages (SMS)

“Read my new messages”
“Read it again”

Tell Siri to Reply to Text Messages

“Reply that’s great news”
“Tell him I’ll be there in 10 minutes”
“Call her”

Tell Siri to Play Music and Videos

“Play The Light of the Sun”
“Play Trouble”
“Play Taking Back Sunday shuffled”
“Play Alicia Keys”
“Play some blues”
“Play my party mix”
“Shuffle my roadtrip playlist”
“Play”
“Pause”
“Skip”

Tell Siri to Create and Find Notes

“Note that I spent $12 on lunch”
“Note: check out that new Alicia Keys album”
“Find my restaurant note”
“Create a reading list note”
“Add Tom Sawyer to my reading list note”

Tell Siri to make a Phone Call

“Call Jason”
“Call Jennifer Wright mobile”
“Call Susan on her work phone”
“Call 408 555 1212″
“Call home”
“FaceTime Lisa”

Tell Siri to set a Reminder

“Remind me to call mom”
“Remind me to call my mom when I get home”
“Remember to take an umbrella”
“Remind me take my medicine at 6am tomorrow”
“Remind me to pick up flowers when I leave here”
“Remind me when I leave to call Jason”
“Remind me to finish the report by 6″

Tell Siri to check Stocks

“What’s Apple’s stock price?”
“What is Apple’s PE ratio?”
“What did Yahoo close at today?”
“How is the Nikkei doing?”
“How are the markets doing?”
“What is the Dow at?”

Tell Siri about the Weather

“What’s the weather for today?”
“What’s the weather for tomorrow?”
“Will it rain in Cupertino this week?”
“Check next week’s forecast for Burlington”
“What’s the forecast for this evening?”
“How’s the weather in Tampa right now?”
“How hot will it be in Palm Springs this weekend?”
“What’s the temperature outside?”
“How windy is it out there?”
“When is sunrise in London?”

Tell Siri to search the Web

“Search the web for Bora Bora”
“Search for vegetarian pasta recipes”
“Search the web for best cable plans”
“Google the war of 1812″
“Search Wikipedia for Abraham Lincoln”
“Search for news about the World Cup”

Secret Siri commands

  • [Punctuation/symbols/emoticons]. Siri can understand many basic symbols, emoticons and punctuation marks, as long as you say them by the right name. Examples include “new paragraph”, “dollar sign”
  • Play playlist . Siri will play not just a song, but a whole playlist for you.
  • Find all email by [contact]. Siri will give you a short list of emails from the contact you ask for.
  • What’s on my calendar for [date]. Siri will show you all your appointments for today, tomorrow
  • Delete all alarms: Siri will delete all alarms, not just individual ones, in case you never want to be woken up again! (I found this by accident on Rene’s phone. Shhhh!)
  • Message [Social network] [Status]. Try Twitter, Facebook, or another social network that lets you update via SMS, Siri will message your status right to it.
  • Restart. Siri will reboot the iPhone.

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6 Responses to “Siri commands”

  1. Donnie Martin says:

    Siri has got to be the coolest app. Its like Tony Starks giving command to his computer Jarvis. Just wondering, will this work if English is not your native language? I’ve had difficulties with other PC speech recognition programs due to the way I speak.

  2. giggerberg says:

    Although I never heard of siri before today, it sounds to be a cool app. Will surely check it out soon. You’ve described about the entire application in such an amazing way! I’m impressed with your writing style…
    keep up the good work! Ciao!

  3. Paraschiva says:

    Hmm..,I didn’t know Siri has so many commands. I am going to try giving these basic commands to it. Thanks! And keep going!

  4. Willcase says:

    Another neat command….you can tell Siri to call you a different name and every time she refers to you, it will be by that name.

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