this post is part 2 of the first "Everyday SIRI Commands" blog from 2014
Although I still have the same iPhone 5, I have upgraded my iOS 7 to iOS10, and pleasantly found some improvements. A reminder I am a Voice Over user.
From iOS7 to iOS10 there have been some changes:
- I've found the weather app to be much more accurate, especially for rain. For most major cities the temperature with the humidity index and windchill is now available as well.
- The Alarm Clock/alarm app have new features including reminders of when you should turn in for the night
- for iOS 10 the "Podcast" app is now part of the standard icons, along with a few new apps including "Find my iPhone" and others
- The "do not Disturb" feature has some really nice controls like allowing calls from certain people after a certain number of calls in succession (so you don't miss an emergency when you're in a meeting)
Tips and Tricks
Listen for the Chime
When using SIRI people sometimes expect instant results, which may lead to cut off text messages or very funny unintended texts when trying to send messages. When you hold the Home button down to activate SIRI the phone will typically Chime letting you know its ready for your instructions.
Holding the "home" Button
When speaking a command to SIRI you can hold the Home button down until you're finished your instructions. This will avoid the phone timing out and you having to repeat yourself. To do this hold the Home button down, speak your command such as "Send a text message to brother where are you?" then release the Home button.
Voice Over Scrolling for SIRI Lists
In iOS6 from way back the phone would give you lists you can scroll through with voice over for commands such as "italian restaurants near here" the phone would find a list of perhaps a dozen near you and allow you to scroll through all of them. Unfortunately, despite my feedback, iOS updates since then have gone singular, providing only one option at a time. Here's a way around this:
- Ask SIRI to find something near you. (restaurant, coffee shop, store)
- After it finds the list it will ask you if the one at the top of the list is what you're looking for, Ignore the question and wait for it to time out, then swipe left and right to use the list. (this does not always work, but its something)
Some more SIRI Commands
- "What is my Battery level?" Informs you how much battery power you have left on your phone.
- "Search the web for <>" you can use this to search the web for keywords just like Google in a computer. This is handy when you are on the go and perhaps need a nugget of info you forgot to write down, such as the room number for a meeting or which floor in the mall a store was located on.
- "My brother is Zak" If you have someone in your contacts such as Zak, you can tell SIRI that Zak is your brother and it will fill out a field in the contact for you for "relationship" this will allow you to do things like "call my brother" where it will call your brother.
- Sports commands "What is the score, When is the hockey game?"
- For conserving your battery (if you're going to have a really long day or forgot your charger) "Turn Bluetooth off" "Turn Low Power Mode On"
*Please note that to use SIRI you must be connected to the Internet either through the data on your phone or through Wi-Fi
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