How to Send and Receive Emails using Siri

You can use Siri commands to help you send, receive, read and delete email messages in the same way you can text messages.

For dictation tips, and help in composing messages verbally using Siri, read our handy guide of commonly used phrases.

How to Send an Email

Activate Siri by pressing the home button (side button on the iPhone X) or by saying ‘Hey Siri’ if the feature is activated on your device.

To send an email to a contact in your address book, say the following using the person’s name.

Hey Siri, send an email to Jane Smith
Send Email

You can also use a relationship such as ‘husband’ or ‘sister’ if they are already set up in your contacts:

Hey Siri, send an email to my sister

If the contact has multiple email addresses Siri will ask you to choose which one you want to use.

Siri will then ask you to dictate the subject line and the message content.

To include the subject in your initial request, say:

Hey Siri, send an email to Jane Smith subject meeting
Email Subject

Once your message is complete, Siri will ask you to confirm the message by saying ‘Yes’ or tapping ‘Send’ on the screen.

At this point, you get the opportunity to edit the email if you’re not happy with it. Say, ‘change subject’, ‘add’, or ‘change message’. You can also tell Siri to ‘cancel’ to abandon the email completely.

Change Email

At any time during this process, you can tap the message screen to open up the draft email in Mail to edit.

Ask Siri to Read out Emails

To check for new emails, say:

Hey Siri, check email

If you would like to read through recent emails from a contact that are in your inbox. Ask Siri to find them for you.

Hey Siri, read my messages

To show email from a specific contact, say:

Hey Siri, show emails from John Smith

Siri will display a list of emails from the contact and offer to read them to you.

You can ask if any new emails have arrived from a contact:

Hey Siri any new emails from Jane Smith?

Siri can also show you the last email sent by a contact:

Hey Siri, show me the last email from John Smith

To show emails from a particular date:

Show me all emails from the 1st July
Show me all emails from yesterday

Replying to Emails

You can reply to an email message by saying:

Respond
Reply

Siri will automatically begin the process of composing a new email message by promoting you to dictate the text.

The procedure is exactly the same as described for composing a new email message from scratch.

Deleting Emails

There are several options for deleting messages from your inbox:

Hey Siri, delete all emails from 1st July
Hey Siri, delete all emails from yesterday
Hey Siri, delete all emails

It goes without say, that great care should be taken before asking Siri to delete everything.

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