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20 Best Ways to Use Siri app

Our earlier coverage on 50 question to ask siri have been receiving tremendous response from our readers. We have decided to explore deeper into how one can utilise Siri most.iPhone Siri

Siri is not just a women who answers all the funny questions you ask, it can help you in many ways. Starting reading your new email, SMS and composing  text or email for you based on what you say to Siri. In this article we will let you know 20 best things Siri can do for you.

Before we go into the uses of Siri, these are few tips to better use Siri.

  • Your question/request do not need to be very specific. Siri can interpret your question based on the situation and the words in your question.
  • You can tell your name to Siri just by saying “call me <<your name>>(Rakesh)” so that Siri can call you with your name when talking to you.
  • Siri can learn too, when you just say “call mom” and you do have any contact with name “mom” it asks you “who is your mom” and next time it wont ask you as it stores that information.

Now lets see the best uses of Siri.

Send and read email

If you want to read a email message while you are driving or busy with something then just say “Siri, read emails”. If you want to send a email message then just say “Siri, send a email to <<contact name>>” and pause for a moment then start dictating the message content. Once you are done dictating just give a pause and say “send”.

Get directions

If you want to get directions from your current place to some address then just say “hey Siri, how to get to 45 nashville from here”. It brings up the map with directions. If you want to get directions from a X location to Y location then just say “Siri, show me directions from X to Y”.

Find bars

If you wanna have some drinks on a Friday evening you can ask Siri in many different ways like “I wanna have some drinks tonight” or “Siri, find some bars nearby” or a specific address.

Find food courts

“Am hungry Siri”, Siri brings up information about near by food courts or restaurants.

Find taxis

You can ask Siri to find taxi providers with their phone numbers so that you can call them to get one. Simply say “Hey siri find a taxi”

Write notes

If you want to take a quick note of something you can just say “Note, this is a quick note”. Siri saves it as new item in your iOS Notes app.

Set alarm

Just say “set alarm at 5 AM”.

Also Read: 50+ Questions To Ask Siri

Get weather reports

This is one important one as everyone needs weather info if they are planning any out door stuff. Ask Siri “how is the whether looking like today?” or “is it going to rain in <<any specific place/city>>”

Schedule a meeting/appointment

Scheduling a meeting using your iPhone is even more simpler if you ask Siri to it for you. Just say “Siri, schedule a meeting with <<person>>”. Siri will then asks you more information like where, what, when..etc. Keep in mind, if you just want your phone to remind you something then use remainders instead of appointments.

Have fun with Siri

In fact, this is the one most people are currently using Siri for. You can just check out our earlier post on 50+ funny questions to ask Siri.

Call someone

Just say “Siri, call <<contact name>> <<contact number type>>” ex: “Siri, call Rakesh mobile”. You can also tell Siri like “call my mom”. If you have a contact name with “mom” then it will call you otherwise it will ask you “who your mom is”. It remembers your answers and next time just calls the specific number.

Send and read SMS/iMessage

To send a text message using SMS or iMessage you just say “Send a text to <<contact name>>” give a little pause then say what you want to send. When you get a message you can ask Siri to read it for you by just saying “Siri read text message”

Play a song

You don’t need to juggle around searching for your favourite song to play. Just tell Siri to play a specific song. “Play morning celebration”

Look for information

Using Siri you can find useful information from WolframAlpha and yelp. You can ask Siri like “how many meters in a kilo meter”. This is one great feature which you can use almost daily.

Search web

This is more of convenience than any extra intelligence. You can ask Siri “search Google/Yahoo/Bing for <<search query>>”

Search Wikipedia

Same like searching web, you can just for something on Wikipedia. Just say “search Wikipedia for iOS”

Set reminders

You can set a remainder by just saying “Siri set a remainder for tomorrow” give a pause then say what you want to remind for. You can also set location remainders so that Siri will remind you when you reach a particular location. This is extremely useful when you read a book or do something else while travelling.

Set Timer

Timers are very useful in some situations. Now you can tell Siri to set Timer for you. Just tell Siri “set timer for 30 mins”. Once the time is up it alerts you.

Find a contact

If you want to see phone number, email, address..etc about one of your contact then just say “Siri, find <<contact name>>”

Get Calender events

If you want to know all your appointments for a day you ask Siri “how is my day today?”

Track stocks

Tell a company name to Siri, it will show you up to date information about that company stock.

Open apps on your Phone

Like playing a song, finding a contact you can also use Siri to open apps for you. Just say “Siri, open Facebook app”

Get current location

This is simple but useful thing. You ask Siri “where are we now?”. It will show you the current location on the map.

Send a Tweet

This is not out of the box feature but you can tweet using Siri. Read little tip on Mashable on how you can tweet using Siri.

Get help from Siri about Siri

Last but not the least, if you want to know more about what Siri can do you can ask Siri directly. Just ask “what can you do? Siri”, she will tell you what it can do.

Let us know in the comments if we miss anything.

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21 Responses to "20 Best Ways to Use Siri app"

  1. Mike says:

    Finally an article with useful, real world information about Siri. Thank you!

  2. Nick says:

    Help me with the first one on the list. Everything I can find about “READ EMAIL” says Siri cannot read emails, only text messages. I’d would love help in understanding this feature if it is available. I get the same response the rest of the world seems to get. You have 25 new messages, I can’t read your emails.

    • Kerry says:

      I found this free iPhone app called Talkler that DOES read emails aloud, the way that Siri won’t. I think it even understands spoken commands for hands-free. They call themselves ‘email for your ears.’ Here’s the page for them: Hope that helps!

  3. Nick says:

    For clarification on my post: Voiceover does work but is awkward at best. It is a far cry from “Siri”… So yes, Voiceover does work. If that is the “read email” idea, no worries just wondering. Thanks.

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