Activate Siri on an iPhone by using one of these options:
- Say “Hey Siri” followed by your request.
- Press and hold the Side button (iPhone X and newer) or Home button (iPhone 8 and older) on your iPhone.
(If this doesn't work, learn how to set up Siri on an iPhone).
1. Global thinking
You can use Siri to find out about the world. Ask the time for anywhere in the world, and you’ll get an answer. Ask where a country or place is, and its location will open up in Apple Maps.
Hey Siri, what time is it in the Galapagos Islands?
Hey Siri, where is Paris?
Hey Siri, where is Australia?
2. Quick conversions
Siri can perform all sorts of smart conversions. Just ask what data you want to be calculated, and Siri will oblige. This includes mathematical calculations, measurements, weights, and currency.
Hey Siri, what are 10 miles in kilometers?
Hey Siri, what’s 14 stone in kilograms?
Hey Siri, what’s 30% of 125?
Hey Siri, what’s the square root of 48?
Hey Siri, what’re 50 dollars in Euros?
3. Ask an 8 ball
Siri has a hidden 8 Ball mode. To use it, just say “Hey Siri, 8 Ball” before your request.
Hey Siri, 8 Ball, am I going to be rich this year?
The results are, of course, entirely accurate.
4. Siri, can you rap? Siri, can you beatbox?
The answer to that is yes, to a point.
Ask either of these questions, and Siri will treat you to a fascinating performance of rapping or beatboxing, on repeat, until slowly fading out.
The results can be truly bizarre if you change your voice settings. For example, when hearing a beatbox or rap performed in a clipped British accent.
5. Coin toss
We’re all carrying less cash around with us these days, so Siri provides a digital alternative to the traditional coin flip.
Hey Siri, toss a coin
Hey Siri, flip a coin
Siri will dutifully respond with a “heads” or “tails” response.
5. Plan a night out
Bored and stuck for something to do? Turn to Siri for inspiration. Ask what’s on in your local area and get some entertainment ideas.
Hey Siri, what’s on at the cinema?
Hey Siri, what’s on at the theatre?
Hey Siri, what’s the best Italian restaurant nearby?
6. Correct your spelling
You can ask Siri to help with your spelling. Just say, “Hey Siri, how do I spell…..?”.
Siri will not only spell the word and read it out loud, but you are shown a definition of the word you requested. If the word has more than one meaning, you’re given the option to select the correct version from a list.
Hey Siri, how do I spell waiter?
7. Become a sports buff
Impress your friends and pretend you have an intimate and unquestionable knowledge of all things sporty. Ask Siri for information on sports fixtures, results, as well as stats and team averages.
Hey Siri, how many points does Manchester United have in the Premier League?
Hey Siri, when is the next UEFA football match?
Siri can access a vast amount of general knowledge. If the answer can’t be given directly, you are directed to relevant web results.
Hey Siri, when is the next full moon?
Hey Siri, what time is sunset today?
Hey Siri, who won the Oscars last year?
9. Ask Siri to find your keys*
If you manage to lose your phone or (more unlikely) a computer, you can ask Siri to tell you where it is.
Hey Siri, where is my iPad?
Siri will tell you where the device is and either ask you if you want to ‘ping’ it (play an audio sound) or will begin to automatically. You also have the option of opening the Find My app to pinpoint its location on a map.
Rumors are swirling that Apple is due to release small tracking devices called AirTags that can be attached to a keyring and other objects. Then be tracked with the Find My app.
10. Control your home
Using Apple’s HomeKit technology, you can integrate and control all manner of devices around the home. It’s possible to control lights, cameras, taps, and switch on the heating, all with a voice command.
Accessories can be on the expensive side, so we’ve already written a tutorial on integrating the Ikea range of smart home devices with HomeKit.
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