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Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things by speaking. Siri is easy to use giving you access to your entire phone. Siri is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access.

Talk to Siri as you would to a person. Say something like “Tell my wife I’m running late” or “Remind me to call the vet.” Siri not only understands what you say, it’s smart enough to know what you mean. So when you ask “Any good burger joints around here?” Siri will reply “I found a number of burger restaurants near you.” Then you can say “Hmm. How about tacos?” Siri remembers that you just asked about restaurants, so it will look for Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood.


Siri makes everyday tasks less tasking. It figures out which apps to use for which request, and it finds answers to queries through sources like Yelp and WolframAlpha. It plays the songs you want to hear, gives you directions, wakes you up, and will tell you the score of last night’s game.
Trick: to improve accuracy speak like a robot

Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard then say what you want to type and iPhone will type it out. Tap Done, and iPhone converts your words into text. Use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web, and more. If you do not see the microphone on your keyboard, it is because you do not have the Google voice keyboard setup. This can be changed in the Settings and be changing the keyboard in the general settings. If you cannot press a button, you can use the BlueAnt speakerphone to give you entirely hands-free control over your iPhone.

Dictation works with third-party apps, enabling you for updating your Facebook status, tweet, or write and post to Instagram. You normally need to press a button to activate your iPhone for Siri commands. This can be accomplished entirely hands-free with the Blue Ant Mobile Commander speaker/microphone. This sets up a command called “Launch Voice Control”. You then wait until you hear it beep which then indicates you can give it a Siri Command. You do not need to say the entire command but the start of a command then it will prompt you through your options to say. For instance, you can say "Call" and it will ask you who, and you can say any name you have in your contacts and then it will ask if it is home, work, or mobile. You simply answer each question and then it will perform the task you requested.
Hint: Give your commands in a robotic sounding voice.

Contacts
To use phone numbers, you must put them into your address book either manually or by voice control. Anybody who is in your address book can be contacted by saying "Call" and the name which you provided. If there are two people with the same name, Siri will then prompt you for the person you wanted. If the person is not in your address book, you can call them if you know phone number with the call command and saying the phone number. Siri will use relationships to figure out telephone numbers. You can say "Call My Sister" and then ask for the name at which time it will store the information.

• “What’s Michael’s address?”
• “What is Susan Park’s phone number?”
• “When is my wife’s birthday?”
• “Show Jennifer’s home email address”
• “Show Jason Russell”
• “Find people named Park”
• “Who is Michael Manning?”

Relationships
• “My mom is Susan Park”
• “Michael Manning is my brother”
• “Call my brother at work”

Siri Commands for Calendar
• “Set up a meeting at 9″
• “Set up a meeting with Michael at 9″
• “Meet with Lisa at noon”
• “Set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9am”
• “New appointment with Susan Park Friday at 3″
• “Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom”

Ask Siri to change events
• “Move my 3pm meeting to 4:30″
• “Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Manning to next Monday at 9am”
• “Add Lisa to my meeting with Jason”
• “Cancel the budget review meeting”

Ask Siri about your events
• “What does the rest of my day look like?”
• “What’s on my calendar for Friday?”
• “When is my next appointment?”
• “When is my next meeting”
• “When am I meeting with Michael?”
• “Where is my next meeting?”

Ask Siri to set Alarms
• “Wake me up tomorrow at 7am”
• “Set an alarm for 6:30am”
• “Wake me up in 8 hours”
• “Change my 6:30 alarm to 6:45″
• “Turn off my 6:30 alarm”
• “Delete my 7:30 alarm”
• “Turn off all alarms”

Ask Siri to check the time
• “What time is it?”
• “What time is it in Berlin?”
• “What is today’s date?”
• “What’s the date this Saturday?”

Ask Siri to use a Timer
• “Show the timer”
• “Set the timer for ten minutes”
• “Pause the timer”
• “Resume”
• “Reset the timer”
• “Stop it”

Ask Siri to Send Email Messages
• “Email Lisa about the trip”
• “Email Jennifer about the change in plans”
• “New email to Susan Park”
• “Mail Dad about the rent check”
• “Email Dr. Manning and say I got the forms, thanks”
• “Mail Lisa and Jason about the party and say I had a great time”

Ask Siri about Messages
• “Read my notifications”


Ask Siri to Check Email Messages
• “Check email”
• “Any new email from Michael today?”
• “Show new mail about the lease”
• “Show the email from Lisa yesterday”
• “Do I have any new messages?”
• “Read my last email”

Ask Siri to Respond to Email Messages
• “Reply Dear Susan sorry about the late payment”
• “Call him at work”

Siri provides you access to your entire calendar and iPhone giving you peace of mind for everyday needs. There are many more commands than what is presented in the article. Understanding the basis will enable you to try new commands every day.

Android Users
Android cell phones have a similar function where you can give the command “OK Google” followed by your question or command and it will react with your voice. Blue Ant has a hands-free version of their speaker phone to give entirely hands-free operation.

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