There’s a lot you can do with Apple’s virtual assistant — and some things you can’t do. For example, while Siri can send texts, search Twitter, and open up your front-facing camera, she can’t adjust your device’s volume (something OK Google can do).
Apple hasn’t published a complete list of Siri commands, though you can find a fairly comprehensive guide to Siri’s abilities inside Siri herself (open up Siri and say “Help” to see what she can do). So here’s our unofficial guide to Siri commands and questions.
There are a few ways to get Siri’s attention.
- Press and hold the home button to activate Siri and issue her a command or ask her a question.
- If you’re using Apple’s Earpods, press and hold the center button to activate Siri and issue her a command or ask her a question.
- If you have Hey Siri enabled, say “Hey, Siri” when your iPhone is plugged in and charging, followed by a command or question.
- Call or FaceTime someone. Ex.: “Call Sarah,” or “FaceTime Mom.”
- Call an emergency number. Ex.: “Call 911,” or “Call the fire department.”
- Check voice mail. Ex.: “Do I have any new voice mail?” or “Play the voice mail from Mom.”
- Text someone. Ex.: “Tell [name] I am on my way,” or “Tell [name] I am going to the store.”
- Send an email. Ex.: “Send email to [name] about [subject] and say [message].”
- Hear your messages or emails read aloud. Ex.: “Read my new messages,” or “Check email.”Set a timer. Ex.: “
- Set the timer for 10 minutes.”
- Check the weather. Ex.: “What’s the weather like today?” or “Do I need an umbrella?”
- Check stocks. Ex.: “What’s Apple’s stock price?” or “Where’s the NASDAQ today?”
- Conversions (of all kinds). Ex.: “How many cups are in a quart?” or “How many dollars are in a Euro?” or “How many pounds are in a stone?”
- Calculate tips. Ex.: “What is a 20 percent tip on $68?”
- Solve math problems. Ex.: “What is 234 divided by 6?” or “What is the square root of 16?”