The first thing that confuses even iPhone power users is that there isn’t an Application icon for Siri. So now that you’ve set up Siri how do you start?
UPDATE: As of iOS8 there is a new handsfree mode when you’re plugged into a power source.
It’s actually really simple:
- Press and hold the iPhone’s physical “Home” button to open Siri. (Or hold it up to your ear if you have enabled the ‘Raise to Speak’ option).
- You will hear two quick beeps to tell you that Siri has woken up and is waiting to do your bidding.
- Once Siri has opened, ask a question or ask Siri to perform a task such as emailing or texting. Siri will automatically detect when you have stopped speaking, but you can optionally press the microphone icon to show you have finished speaking.
- If you requested Siri to do something such as send an email or text, Siri will show you a draft of the proposed message before it is sent. To send the message, say “send” or touch the “send” button.
You can generally speak in a natural way when asking for help from Siri. For more advanced usage (if you want to dictate an email or longer text message), it’s worth checking our dictation guide.