How to Send and Reply to Messages with Siri

Streamline messaging with Siri. Learn how to send, read, and reply to messages, hands-free.

How to Send and Reply to Messages with Siri

Using Siri to send a text message to a single contact or multiple recipients in your address book is quick and straightforward. It’s possible to have a conversation with someone via text message without touching your iPhone screen.

Siri can send new messages and read replies to you. If your phone is locked, Siri will ask you to unlock it before sending a message. This security measure prevents anyone from sending messages using your device.

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You can also send messages with an Apple Watch, HomePod, or Mac.

How to send a new text message with Siri

To begin, activate Siri on your device by saying “Siri” or “Hey Siri”, or press and hold the home/side button if you’re using an iPhone.

Once Siri is listening, send a message by saying a contact’s name or phone number:

Siri, send a message to Jason.
Siri, send a message to “dictate phone number.”

Siri will then ask you what you want to say.

Send a message using Siri
Send a message using Siri

You can also include the message and recipient’s details in the same phrase:

Siri, message Jason “I’m running 10 minutes late”.
Say a contact’s name and the message at the same time
Say a contact’s name and the message at the same time

From iOS 16, you can now dictate emoji in a message; just say:

Siri, tell Jason I’m nearly there smiley face emoji.
You can dictate emoji in a message
You can dictate emoji in a message
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There’s a lot you can do with Siri and dictation; look at our Siri Dictation Guide for a complete list of dictation commands.‍

Once you’ve finished dictating, Siri will then confirm the message back to you and ask what you’d like to do next:

Send it.
Cancel it.
Review it.
Change it.

Speak the option of your choice. Once the message is completed, Siri will ask if you want to send it. To deliver the message immediately, say “Yes”.

Send messages automatically in OS 16

iOS 16 introduced an Automatic Message sending feature. When enabled, Siri will no longer ask if you are sure before sending a message.

To turn this on, go to:

  • Settings > Siri & Search.
  • Scroll down and tap on Automatically Send Messages.
  • Toggle to on.
Enable Automatically Send Messages
Enable Automatically Send Messages

How to send a message to more than one person at the same time

To send a message to several contacts at the same time, say their names when making your request:

Siri, send a message to Sarah Smith and John Harper.

Siri will automatically group the recipients and ask you to dictate the message.

How to ask Siri to read text messages

Siri can read out the messages you receive. You can either request to hear your most recently received message or ask for the last message sent by a specific contact.

Siri, read my last message.
Siri, read my last message from Jason.
Siri, read me new messages from Jane.

If you want to hear a message read out again, say:

Siri, read it again.

How to reply to a message with Siri

Once Siri has read out the message, it will ask you if you would like to reply. Say “Yes” or “No,” depending on your preference, then dictate your message.

You can respond by saying “reply” or “tell”; Siri will understand both commands:

Siri, reply “I can’t wait to see you.”
Siri, tell them I’m going to be late.

If you decide to reply at a later time, you can speak your message:

Siri, reply “Yes, I’m on my way.”

Siri will reply to the last message you received or the one you are currently looking at. Before sending it, Siri will confirm that the message and recipient are correct. If Siri can’t find a contact to reply to, Siri will ask for a name.

How to respond to messages in other ways

You can reply to a message by asking Siri to call or FaceTime the contact. As before, Siri will figure out whom to call by checking who your most recent message was from or whose message you’re reading.

Siri, call him.
Siri, FaceTime her.

Send a message using a third-party app

You can send a message using another service if you specify which app you want to use when making your request.

Siri, text Jane “I’m running 10 minutes late” on WhatsApp.

Whether you’re using an iPhone, Apple Watch, or HomePod, Siri can be a great way to send and reply to messages. It’s straightforward to use and an excellent alternative for those looking for something more convenient than using onscreen keyboards.