18 Siri Commands Every iPhone Owner Should Know « iOS and iPhone :: Gadget Hacks

Siri can perform many actions for you on your iPhone, such as sending messages, providing information, getting directions, searching for a contact, and playing music. However, there are more important Siri voice commands that every iPhone owner should know — even those who hate Siri.

Some of the big Siri commands you’ll get to use came with iOS 16, so they’re all new and ones you’re less likely to know compared to the rest. Those running on iOS 16 and earlier iOS versions shouldn’t be ignored, though, because chances are you haven’t come across them yet, and you might end up being one of the most used ones from now on.

All of the commands below should work regardless of whether you launch Siri from the Side button, the Home button, Hey Siri, or Type to Siri.

1. Restart or turn off your iPhone

In iOS 16 and later, you can ask Siri to “restart iPhone” or “reboot phone,” and Siri will ask you to confirm that you really want to restart your device. You can say “Yes” or click the “Restart” button. The same goes for “Shut Down,” “Turn Off My iPhone,” or “Turn Off Phone.”

Prior to iOS 16, Siri was just saying it couldn’t do that. (More information.)

Examples of Siri commands that trigger a restart:

  • “Restart iPhone”
  • “reboot the phone”

Examples of Siri commands that work for shutdown:

  • “Shutdown”
  • “Turn off iPhone”
  • “turn off the phone”
  • “close”
  • “Shut down iPhone”
  • “hang up the phone”
  • “Turn off iPhone”
  • “turn off the phone”

2. See what is possible

Also available only on iOS 16 and later, “What can I do here?” It helps you learn all possible Siri commands for the currently open app. You can also ask, “What can I do with it [App Name]? to identify another app on your iPhone. Either way, if Siri can’t find any results, it will suggest some useful system commands. This command works on the iPhone Xs and latest models. (More information.)

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “What can I do here?”
  • “what can I do [App Name]? “

3. Open the system settings or app

When you need to change some iOS settings on your iPhone, the quickest way to open the Settings app is by using Siri. Just say “Open Preferences” or “Open Settings” or just “Preferences” or “Settings”.

You can also say[Menu Name] preferences or [Menu Name] Settings” to open some, but not all, of the specific submenus in Settings. Some of those menus include Accessibility, Display, General, Siri, and Background. For some menus, like Zoom Settings, Siri will display a button that you can tap To move there others may not do anything.

Also, if you say “Preferences” from within almost any app, Siri may take you directly to that app’s settings. You can also say[App Name] preferences “or”[App Name] Settings” from any app to go directly to the desired app’s settings. Strangely, it doesn’t work with all Apple apps, but I’ve found that it works in more than 60% of them.

Examples of Siri commands to open the Settings app:

  • “Open Preferences”
  • “open settings”
  • “settings”

Examples of Siri commands to open an app or menu settings:

  • Preferences (when in the app)
  • “[App Name] Preferences
  • “[App Name] settings”
  • “[Menu Name] Preferences
  • “[Menu Name] settings”

4. Take a screenshot

Siri can take a screenshot if you’re tired of fumbling around with your device’s buttons and don’t like any of the other alternatives. When you say “screenshot,” “take a screenshot,” or something similar, the Siri interface will quickly disappear before the screenshot happens. Works whether or not Show Siri Captions, Always Show Speech, or Show Apps Behind Siri is enabled.

You can also send a new screenshot directly to someone using Take a screenshot and send it to [Contact]Or something shorter like Share screenshot with [Contact]. “

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “screenshot”
  • “take a screenshot”
  • “Take a screenshot”
  • “Take a screenshot”
  • “screen capture”
  • Take a screenshot and send it to [Contact]”
  • Share the screenshot with [Contact]”
  • Send a screenshot to [Contact]”

5. Cast spells

Whether or not you’re a huge fan of Harry Potter, it’s fun to get your iPhone to do things differently. With Siri, you can cast the spells “Lux,” “Nox,” and “Accio” to turn the flashlight on and off, and invoke a specific app, respectively. If you’re a die-hard fan, you can even program your iPhone to perform your Potter spells for things like turning up the volume, finding your friends, and even adjusting the text size.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

6. End calls?

When you’re on a phone or a FaceTime call and need to come to the rescue when your hands are busy doing something else, you can tell Siri to “end” the call for you, and it’ll do it. It only works on iOS 16 and later for iPhone 11 and later models. It also works on iPhone XsAnd Xs Max W XRbut only when using AirPods or Beats headphones with Siri technology.

Unlike the other Siri commands on this list, you must enable Disconnect before it will work. You can go to Settings -> Siri & Search -> Call Hang Up or Settings -> Accessibility -> Siri -> Call Hangup to toggle the switch. Voice input is only processed on the device, so you don’t have to worry about Apple eavesdropping on your conversations.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

7. Toggle or adjust settings

Siri can turn many settings on and off on your iPhone, as well as set some options, and keyword triggers vary depending on preference.

Some of the settings it works with include Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Brightness, Cellular Data, Dark Mode, Flashlight, Focus (such as Do Not Disturb, Driving, Gaming, and Wake), Low Power Mode, Night, Smart Inversion, VoiceOver, Voice Control, and Wi-Fi. fi.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “enable airplane mode”
  • “Turn on gaming focus”
  • Dark mode toggle
  • “brightness increase”
  • “activate the flashlight”
  • “invert colors”

8. Perform math calculations

You can quickly open the Calculator app from Control Center whenever you need to solve a math problem. However, sometimes Siri is faster.

Siri was able to solve complex math problems, but recent updates have reduced Siri’s math capabilities (although Spotlight can still solve it). But you can still use Siri for many math problems, like calculating tips, dividing bills, finding the cube root of a number, knowing how heavy a stone is, converting currency, multiplying and dividing long numbers, and so on.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “one divided by E”
  • “How many pounds are in a stone?”
  • cube root of 569

9. Recreate the video with subtitles

If you miss a line while a movie or TV show is playing on Apple TV, you can ask Siri “What did they say?” Returns 15 seconds and plays subtitles for those 15 seconds. It only seems to work in the TV app. When you ask Siri on Netflix, Starz, and other video streaming services, you’ll likely get a “Subtitles not available” error even though subtitles are available.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “What did they say?”
  • “What did he say?”
  • “what did she say?”

10. Find the time elsewhere

You can program Clock to show you the times in other cities or countries via the World tab, but that’s not a very convenient way to find the time elsewhere when you need to know it quickly. Instead, ask Siri, “What time is it?” [Location]. “

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • What time is it in [City Name]? “

11. Add breakpoints as you go

In iOS 16 and later, you can ask Siri to “Add a breakpoint” while navigating. It will then ask you where you would like to go, and you can reply with your desired stop. If there is more than one result, Siri will display a menu where you can choose the one you want. This location will open in the Maps app, where you can then tap “Add Station” to get directions to that place before your final destination.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “add station”
  • Add a point to [Location’s Name]”

12. Add items to your shopping list

Instead of writing out your shopping list item by item, ask Siri to add everything you thought of to your list. If you already have a list in Reminders called Shopping List, Siri will add the item to it. Otherwise, Siri will ask you if you want to create one, which will be saved to your iCloud account. (You can also use Siri to add items to other lists in Reminders.)

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • Add milk to my shopping list
  • “Add [item] to [list’s name]”

13. Turn on the news

If you don’t have time to read the news, get a quick feed of recent highlights by asking Siri to “play the news.” Siri will play a Podcasts audio report from your default news source. If you don’t like your default option, you can say, “Change to [News Source Name],” and Siri will use that from now on. You can also hear a different perspective say, “Turn on news from [News Source Name]. In the US, Apple News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR are all supported.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “play the news”
  • Turn on the news from [News Source Name]”
  • “Change to [News Source Name]”

14. Search for specific emails

If you need to quickly find an email from a specific contact or about a specific topic, you can ask Siri to search for it. You can only search by contact and subject line, so you can’t search the body of emails with Siri yet.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • Find emails from [Contact]”
  • Find an email about [subject]”
  • “You find [subject] Email messages “

15. Watch trailers

When you want to watch or show someone a movie or TV series trailer, ask Siri to play it. If it finds a single match, it will immediately play it in the TV app. Otherwise, it will ask you to choose from multiple results. If you can’t locate any, it will say that there is no trailer available.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “[Title] tractor
  • Trailer for [Title]”
  • Play the trailer for [Title]”
  • “I play the [Title” trailer”

16. Share Things

Using the share sheet to send an article, TV show, or another item can be a lengthy process if the person is not in the contact suggestions row. You can skip all the work and ask Siri to share something for you. For example, when viewing an article online or in the News app, say “share this with [Contact]. If there’s nothing Siri can send a direct link to, it will take a screenshot and send it instead. Either way, you have to confirm to send it.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • Share this with [Contact]”
  • Share with [Contact]”
  • “Participated in [Contact]”

17. Call the emergency services

If you’re not a fan of the hardware button that leads to calling emergency services, you can ask Siri to call them instead. Just say, “Call 911,” or ask him to call whatever emergency service you want to call.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

18. Find your stuff

If you can’t find one of your Apple products, you can use Siri instead of opening the Find My app to help locate the missing device. Just say “find my file.” [device],” and if it’s nearby and online, it will start playing the sound. If it’s not online, it will play the sound the next time the device connects to the Internet. This works on any Find My-supported device.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

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