Top tips to get more out of Ap­ple’s helper

Dis­cover the real power of Siri across all your Ap­ple de­vices

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Christopher Phin

Siri is a boon for ac­ces­si­bil­ity, but if you don’t need to use it, it’s easy to dis­miss it as a

gim­mick. And that’s a shame, be­cause if you can force your­self to ac­quire the Siri habit, you may find it’s a fast and ef­fi­cient way to achieve some things. Rather than tap-tap-tap­ping your way through a task, Siri can speed you straight to an an­swer.

Here, we want to show you a few ex­am­ples of some of the ways we love to use Siri on iOS (where it started out), watchOS, macOS and HomePod. These aren’t ex­haus­tive, of course, but we hope they’ll in­spire you to ex­per­i­ment. You can ask your de­vice “Hey Siri, what can I ask you?” for a more com­pre­hen­sive list.

Most of what we sug­gest here will work on any Siri de­vice, but we’ve cho­sen ex­am­ples that par­tic­u­larly suit each one.

One last gen­eral tip: in iOS and macOS, you can eas­ily cor­rect Siri’s dic­ta­tion if it hasn’t quite un­der­stood you. Tap/click on the ques­tion you asked it and you’ll have the op­tion of edit­ing it – par­tic­u­larly use­ful when it mis­un­der­stands a per­son or place’s name. You can go fur­ther and turn on Type To Siri too (in Ac­ces­si­bil­ity set­tings), so that you don’t have to speak out loud at all.

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