How to send and receive emails using Siri

Everything your need to know about using Siri commands to help you send, receive, read and delete email messages.

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

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 on composing messages verbally using Siri, read our guide, full of commonly used phrases.

How to send an email with Siri

Activate Siri on an iPhone by using one of these options:

  1. Say “Hey Siri” followed by your request.
  2. 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).

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's name, such as 'husband' or 'sister' if they have already been assigned to 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

Again, Siri will ask you what you would like to say.

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
Change message

You can also tell Siri to cancel to abandon the email altogether.

Change Email

During this process, you can tap the message screen to open up the draft email in the Mail app 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 that are in your inbox. Ask Siri to find them for you.

Hey Siri, read my messages

To show an 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

How to reply to emails with Siri

You can reply to an email message by saying:

Respond
Reply

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

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

How to delete emails with Siri

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 saying that great care should be taken before asking Siri to delete anything.

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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