Con­trol Siri an­other way

Mac|Life - - FEATURE -

1 Type to Siri

Un­til now, speak­ing was your main way to ask some­thing of Siri. Typ­ing on a key­board only fig­ured if you wanted to cor­rect some­thing Siri mis­heard. iOS 11 has a new Type to Siri op­tion In Set­tings > Gen­eral > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity > Siri. If en­abled, typ­ing is used to in­ter­act with Siri when you hold the Home but­ton.

2 Com­bine with Dic­ta­tion

You can still use your voice with Siri if iOS’s Dic­ta­tion fea­ture is en­abled in Set­tings > Gen­eral > Key­boards. Open Siri, tap the mi­cro­phone key, speak, then tap the key­board icon fol­lowed by Done.

3 Hey Siri

Even with Type to Siri en­abled, the as­sis­tant will switch to voice con­trol if you call for its help by say­ing “Hey Siri.”

On de­vices that re­spond to that phrase while running on bat­tery power, this gives you the best of both worlds: voice con­trol ini­ti­ated with your voice, and a press of the Home but­ton fol­lowed by typ­ing when speak­ing isn’t a good op­tion.

De­vices that re­spond to “Hey Siri” while running on bat­tery power are the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion mod­els of iPad Pro, and the 9.7-inch first-gen­er­a­tion iPad Pro.

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