Even if you know about Siri, you’ll find it can do much more than you thought
Get Siri’s attention, hands-free
This is a goodie: if your iOS device is charging, saying “Hey, Siri” will get Siri’s attention and allow you to issue an instruction without the usual shortcut of holding down the Home button. You don’t need to wait for the telltale sound effect to begin your command, either: “Hey Siri, text my wife” works. You might need to turn Hey Siri on: head to Settings > General > Siri, and activate ‘Allow “Hey Siri”’ to put Siri on full-time alert.
Stop burning dinner
Ordering Siri to “set a timer for 10 minutes” is a hands-free way of setting an alert that doesn’t involve the rigmarole of picking up your phone, opening Control Centre, tapping the timer icon and choosing a duration. Siri is full of useful shortcuts such as this: it’s quicker to verbally order Siri to “wake me up every day at 7am” than to tap your way through the alarm clock options.
Make Siri better
You usually don’t need to take great care when speaking to Siri, and it can understand relatively thick accents. It’s also flexible when it comes to wording, so you don’t need to memorise exact phrases. If Siri misses something, your best bet is to repeat yourself more slowly, but if you have time, the small grey ‘tap to edit’ option allows you to retype your command manually. Making corrections like this will improve Siri’s accuracy.
Teach Siri to pronounce words correctly
When it comes to less common names, Siri can make a hash of pronouncing things. Telling it “That’s not how you say my wife’s name” will prompt Siri to ask you to say the name
If Siri’s making the same mistake a lot, you can correct the mistaken words by typing to guide it now and in the future.
After turning on “Hey Siri” in Settings, you can control your iOS device without touching it, as long as it’s charging.
Use Siri to control playback rather than use the on-screen controls on the Lock screen or in the Music or Podcasts apps.