Clever ways of using Siri Knowledge to answer questions

Siri knowledge uses a combination of web searches, inbuilt apps, and Wolfram Alpha to find the answers to an amazing variety of questions.

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Siri Knowledge uses a combination of web searches, inbuilt apps, and Wolfram Alpha to find the answers to a fantastic variety of questions.

When asked a question, rather than return a list of search results in Google, Siri reads out and displays the answer in a notification.

The results can be a little hit and miss, but for the most part are surprisingly accurate, especially when it comes to mathematics and general knowledge.

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).

General knowledge

Here are some examples of the kind of questions you can ask:

Hey Siri, who is the Prime Minister of Australia?
Siri Knowledge - Australian PM
Hey Siri, when was the Brooklyn Bridge built?
Hey Siri, how do you spell Brooklyn Bridge?

If Siri knows the answer (or thinks it knows the answer), it will be displayed on the screen along with voice feedback.

If the search doesn’t return definitive results, Siri will offer a list of links and topics it considers to be relevant to your query.

Brooklyn Bridge

Siri answers math questions

Siri can also answer complicated math questions.

Hey Siri, split a $65 bill two ways
Hey Siri, what is the square root of 244?
Siri Math

Siri performs conversions

Siri Knowledge can convert measurements and currencies using live market data.

Hey Siri, what is $50 in Euros?
Siri Knowledge - Dollars in Euros

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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