Siri is probably the most fun feature of the IPhone but not everyone realizes it can be very helpful as well. Whether you have vision loss or not, there are many useful commands which SIRI can perform to make your everyday life easier. Below I've grouped together a list of my most commonly used SIRI commands (I use an IPhone 5 with IOS7.1). I hope they help you everyday as much as they help me.
For IOS version 7 and higher you can ask Siri to make changes to the settings in your phone including:
- "Turn Bluetooth on/off"
- "Turn off cellular data"
- "Turn voice over on"
- "Turn on airplane mode"
Phones are for calling, and if you have a fancy iPhone why not use Siri to help?
- "Call Mark"
- "Call Mark at home"
- "Call my older brother" (this uses something called "relationships" which I haven't entirely figured out yet)
Siri can handle text messages as well as punctuation. I'm finding the results somewhat mixed, but if you are clear and annunciate, the phone usually gets it right.
- "Sent text message to Mom"
- "Send text message to Mom, where are you question mark" (if you wait too long after saying "send text message" the phone will prompt you for a name, if you take too long after that, it will promt you for a message.)
If you are the forgetful type this can be very handy.
- "Remind me to keep my umbrella at 9:00 a.m."
- "Remind me to call my brother at 3:00 p.m."
The Grocery Note
Perhaps the most impressive feature I've discovered so far is Siri's ability to add items to a list. This feature is somewhat touchy especially if you tell it too many parameters in one shot, but the below seem to work just fine.
- Step 1: "Create note named grocery"
- Step 2: "Add bread to note grocery"
- Step 3: Add any items you wish using step 2
Unfortunately Siri does not create a vertical list and all the items are on a single line, however it makes grocery shopping much easier.
Siri is intelligent enough not only to find you stores near where you are but for those retail places with ratings, you can ask it to find you the best as well.
- "Restaurants near here"
- "Best Italian restaurant near here"
- "Call Home Depot near here"
- "Movies playing near here" (for IOS version 7 this command does not work with iPhone 5)
Need to calculate a tip at a restaurant? Is your recipe is in metric but your ingredients are in imperial? Try these commands:
- "How much should I tip for $45.72?"
- "How many ounces is 500 milliliters"
At home, want to Netflix, but the icon is on page 17 of your iPhone desktop?
This is not a feature I've played with too much, but many folks use Siri to send emails, reply to emails etc.
- "Any new email?"
- "Read last email"
- "Send email to Mark"
Fiddling around with voice over when you really want to hear a particular artist or song?
- "Play all Van Halen songs"
- "Play rock and roll playlist"
- "Play song Man in Motion"
- "Play all songs"
- "Play all hindi songs"
- "Play next song"
Siri and the iPhone can store many alarms. Siri is intelligent enough to set up alarms for weekdays, weekends etc.
- "Set weekday alarm for 6:30 a.m."
- "Cancel all alarms"
- "Display all alarms"
Baking a cake? Working out at the gym? Try:
- "Set timer for 40 minutes"
If you do not have visual voicemail (voice mail which is recorded on your phone rather than a server elsewhere) the below commands yield inccorect results.
If you say "call voicemail," Siri will tell you "you have no new voicemail." However, you may have new voicemail, but since it is not on your phone, Siri will mislead you.
Living in Toronto the weather can change quickly. I've been caught in the rain at 4 p.m. when asking Siri at 1:30 p.m. it will rain today (the anwer being, "no it doesn't look like its going to rain").
Also, Siri does not provide humidex factor or windchilll factor, which are both very important in Canada!