Apple's voice-activated digital assistant has evolved since it debuted with iOS 5. Siri is great at increasing your productivity and providing quick answers to your questions. Although Siri may take some getting used to at first, once you learn the basics, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it.
Go to Settings > General > Siri and toggle Siri on. The standard way to activate Siri is to press and hold the Home button until you hear two beeps in rapid succession. As you speak a command, a horizontal line will begin to ripple to indicate Siri is listening to you. From Settings, you can also select your language of choice, adjust voice gender, determine when you want voice feedback, and enter your personal contact information. In Settings, you can select Allow “Hey Siri” to summon your assistant hands-free (only when connected to a power source). Once enabled, simply say “Hey Siri” followed by your question or request, and Siri will respond, even if your phone was previously in a sleep state.
The easiest way to learn all of Siri's capabilities is to read its built-in user guide by pressing the “?” icon at the bottom of Siri's greeting screen. Here you'll find a comprehensive list of commands Siri recognizes, from controlling Settings and iTunes Radio to booking tickets, making dinner reservations, and learning movie times. You can even use Siri to control your basic settings, such as dimming the brightness of your screen, turning on Airplane Mode, or turning down the ringer volume.
This is one of our favorite Siri features. If you have Location Services on, you can set location-based reminders, such as “Remind me to grab milk at the grocery store.” You can also set recurring reminders, like “Remind me to feed the cats every day at 8 a.m.”
FINDING SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
When you want to call or visit a business you don't already have in your Contacts, Siri will look for locations by that name that are close to you, and will offer to give you directions or to call the establishment.
Siri can send appointment invitations to your Contacts. For example, if I tell Siri to “Schedule a marketing meeting next Thursday at 11 a.m. with Donna Cleveland,” Donna will receive an invite.
MAKING SIRI YOUR DJ
Siri is fully integrated with Apple's streaming Internet radio service iTunes Radio, so you can start up a favorite station, skip and buy songs, or ask Siri to “play more like this,” all with voice command.
FIRST- NAME BASIS
Fill Siri in on your relationships to your contacts by saying, for example, “Crystal is my sister.” Siri stores that information so you can be more conversational in your commands, such as telling Siri, “Text my sister that I'll be five minutes late.” You should also teach Siri who you are. Create a contact card for yourself in Contacts, making sure to specify your home and work addresses so you can set location-based reminders. Then go to Settings > General > Siri, tap My Info, and select your name from your contact list.