Most people know that Siri can perform everyday tasks like setting alarms, reminders, making calls, and playing music, but there is a lot more to Siri than that. Here, we show you a few things you can ask Siri to do that you may not have heard of.
In this article, we use an iPhone, but many of these requests will also work on an iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, Apple TV, and Mac.
First, activate Siri on your iPhone using one of these methods.
- Press and hold the Side/Home button until Siri appears.
- By saying “Hey Siri”.
Read more about how to set up and use Siri on your iPhone.
1. Where in the world…
You can use Siri to get facts and figures about anywhere in the world. Ask the local time, 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 Galápagos Islands?
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 are 50 dollars in Euros?
3. Ask an 8-ball
Did you know 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 mesmerizing 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 loose change 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 (or in)
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 theatre?
Hey Siri, what’s the best Italian restaurant nearby?
Hey Siri, what’s on at the movies?
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 can 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, who won the Super Bowl last year?
Hey Siri, how many points does Manchester United have in the Premier League?
Siri can access a vast amount of general knowledge. You are directed to relevant web results if the answer can’t be given directly.
Hey Siri, when is the next full moon?
Hey Siri, what time is sunset today?
9. Ask Siri to find your keys
If you lose your phone or computer connected to your iCloud account, you can ask Siri to tell you where it is.
Hey Siri, where is my iPhone?
Siri will tell you where the device is and either ask if you want to ‘ping’ it (play an audio sound) or will begin automatically. You also have the option of opening the Find My app to pinpoint its location on a map.
If you own an AirTag, you can attach it to almost anything. So you could find yourself asking:
Hey Siri, where’s my bike?
Hey Siri, where’s my inflatable banana?
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.
Hey Siri, turn on the lights.
Heys Siri, what’s the temperature in the bedroom?