How to talk to Siri by saying “Hey Siri” - A Beginner's Guide

It’s time to have some fun and talk to Siri by trying out a few basic things you should ask Siri with "Hey Siri!"

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

It’s easy to talk to Siri and ask for information or make requests, without the need to press any buttons on your device. Just say:

Hey Siri...

If this doesn’t seem to be working, make sure you check out our easy-to-follow guides on how to enable Siri on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, HomePod, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

Once you have Siri’s attention you can speak naturally, and do not need to pause after saying “Hey, Siri”.

Hey Siri, how warm is it going to be today?
Hey Siri, what time is it?
Hey Siri, send an email to my Dad
Hey Siri, where is the nearest park?

“Hey, Siri” works in any situation, even if the screen is locked or if an application is open and running.

So now it’s time to have some fun and try out a few of the most popular Siri commands!

Once you’re comfortable talking to Siri, make sure you also take a look at our Siri Dictation Guide and Siri Commands for Apple Music for further useful tips and tricks.

The results displayed on your device may look different from the screenshots below, depending on the version of iOS you are using.


Hey Siri, what time is it?

Ask Siri to tell you the time in your location, or anywhere else in the world.

Hey Siri, what time is it?
Hey Siri, what time is it in Los Angeles?
Hey Siri, what’s the time difference between here and Berlin?
Hey Siri, what’s the time in Pacific Standard Time?
Ask Siri - Hey Siri Check Time

Set alarms

Set and edit as many alarms as you like without touching your device. Read our guide about advanced features such as changing and deleting alarms.

Hey Siri, set an alarm for 7am
Hey Siri, wake me up at 7am
Ask Siri - Hey Siri Alarm

Set timers

Never burn a meal or miss a meeting again! Quickly set a timer to prompt you into action. Find out what else timers can do.

Hey Siri, set a timer for 15 minutes
Ask Siri - Timer

Use the calendar

Add, change and remove appointments, meetings, and events on the move. Find out more about using Siri with the Calendar.

Hey Siri, Schedule a meeting with Jane for Friday at 9 o’clock
Hey Siri, do I have any meetings today?
Ask Siri - Meeting

Get directions

Directions and route details are calculated and displayed using the inbuilt Maps app. Read more about using Siri with Maps.

Hey Siri, what’s the quickest route home?
Hey Siri, what’s the quickest route from New York to Dallas?
Ask Siri - Directions

Check the weather

Check on the weather forecast in your location, or anywhere else around the world. Read more about using Siri to forecast the weather.

Hey Siri, how warm is it going to be today?
Hey Siri, what’s the weather like in Japan?
Hey Siri, will I need an umbrella tomorrow?
Ask Siri - Weather

Set reminders

Quickly add items to your reminders lists without the need to pick up your phone.

Hey Siri, remind me to buy milk
Hey Siri, remind me to call Dad at 10am
Hey Siri, remind me to buy bread when I arrive at the supermarket
Ask Siri - Reminder

Send messages

Dictate and send text messages and emails to anyone on your contact list or by using a phone number or email address. You can set up relationships to enable the use of informal terms such as Dad, Sister, and Boss. Learn more about sending messages with Siri.

Hey Siri, send a text message to Dad
Ask Siri - Message

Open apps

It’s possible to open both default iOS apps and third-party apps, simply by saying their name.

Hey Siri, open the Health App
Hey Siri, open Carrot Weather
Ask Siri - Open App

Siri translation

You can use Siri to translate phrases into several other languages, including relatively complex sentences. Translations can be saved for later and even used offline. Read more about Siri Translate.

Hey Siri, how do I say hello in German?
Ask Siri - Translate

Control Apple Music

Request a specific track to be played directly from your library, or streamed from Apple Music. There are many ways to interact with Apple Music, so we've compiled a list of some of the most useful Apple Music commands.

Ask Siri - Hey Siri Apple Music

Ask Siri questions

Access an astounding wealth of knowledge provided by Wolfram Alpha.

Hey Siri, who is the President of France?
Hey Siri, what is 123 divided by 6?
Ask Siri - Hey Siri Questions

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.

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