How to use Siri on Apple Watch

All you need to know about activating and using Siri on an Apple Watch. Including using 'Raise to Speak' and the Siri Watch Face.

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

All versions of the Apple Watch include Siri; in fact, many of the watches' most valuable features are due to its close integration with the voice assistant.

Siri on the Apple Watch can be used in a very similar way to on the iPhone. With the same ability to play music, check the weather, financial market, provide directions, send messages, start workouts, and much more.

In fact, many of our tutorials for the iPhone also apply to the Apple Watch, the differences being in interaction and how results are delivered.

Remember, your Apple Watch needs to be connected to a cellular network or Wi-Fi for Siri to work.

How to activate Siri on the Apple Watch

To check that Siri is already enabled, or to turn it on, you use the Settings app on your watch or the Watch App on your iPhone.

On your Apple Watch

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down to Siri.
  • Make sure Listen for "Hey Siri", Raise to Speak, and Press Digital Crown are all toggled on.

If you scroll down further, you also can adjust voice feedback and volume on your watch.

Apple Watch Siri Settings

On your iPhone

  • Open the Watch App.
  • Scroll down to Siri.
  • Make sure Listen for "Hey Siri", Raise to Speak, and Press Digital Crown are all toggled on.

You also get the same voice and volume options as you do on the watch.

iPhone Watch App

How to use Siri on an Apple Watch

You can ask Siri to open an app, start a call, send a message, begin a workout, and much more. Siri can be activated on your watch by using one of these three methods.

By pressing the Digital Crown

Siri can be activated straight from your wrist by holding down the Digital Crown.

By saying "Hey Siri"

Siri on the Apple Watch can also be triggered via the "Hey Siri" voice command.

Simply speak "Hey Siri" followed by your request:

Hey Siri, is it going to rain today?
Hey Siri, start a workout.

By using "Raise to Speak"

With watchOS 5 and later and Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you no longer need to say "Hey Siri" to get Siri's attention. You can use the Raise to Speak feature to activate Siri when lifting your watch to your mouth.

If you use Siri a lot, having to say "Hey Siri" so often can feel repetitive and a bit tedious. This feature aims to solve that problem.

  • Raise your wrist to wake your Apple Watch.
  • Hold your watch near your mouth.
  • Make your request.

In theory, this is a brilliant idea; in reality it can be a little unreliable. It's necessary to be quite confident in raising the watch to your mouth. If you perform the action too slowly while you are sitting down or hold your arm too far away, Siri might not react.

Use the Siri watch face

From watchOS 4 you can change your watch face to a dedicated Siri face.

The Siri Watch Face uses many data sources, including the default Apple Watch apps and third-party apps you have installed. Using machine learning it aims to predict what it thinks you're going to want to see at any given time of the day.

Whenever you open or interact with an app on your watch, Siri will learn from your behavior.

So first thing in the morning, it may show you the weather forecast, then later on upcoming appointments and reminders. Suppose you regularly exercise at a particular time of day. In that case, the Workout app will appear on the Siri Watch Face when you need it.

Siri Watch Face

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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