How to activate siri voice on iphone

The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can listen for the words "Hey Siri" to start the personal voice assistant. How can I turn on Hey Siri on my device?

How to activate siri voice on iphone

To enable the "Hey Siri" voice command option in iOS navigate to Settings > Siri & Search and tap the Listen for "Hey Siri" slider to turn it ON (green). You will now be able to activate Siri by saying "Hey Siri" when your device is nearby.

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Siri lets you use your voice to send text and audio messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Siri is the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. It allows you to use your voice to schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. But Siri isn't like traditional voice-recognition software that requires you to remember keywords and speak specific commands. Siri understands your natural speech, and it asks you questions if it needs more information to complete a task. It can intelligently pair your daily routines with third-party apps to suggest convenient shortcuts right when you need them.

Use Siri

1. To ask Siri something, hold down the Side button until you see the Siri icon at the bottom of the screen.

Note: You will need to turn on Siri first by selecting the  Settings app > scroll to and select Siri & Search > select the  Press Side Button for Siri switch. Select Enable Siri to confirm. Select the  Allow Siri When Locked switch to enable or disable Siri on the lock screen.

How to activate siri voice on iphone

2. If you're using iOS 8 or later, you can ask Siri a question starting with "Hey Siri" without having to hold down the Side button.

Note: You'll need to turn on Hey Siri first. From the Siri & Search screen, select the  Listen for "Hey Siri" switch. If it is your first time activating "Hey Siri", select Continue and follow the prompts to complete setup. 

Change how Siri sounds

From the home screen, select the  Settings app > scroll to and select Siri & Search > select Siri Voice. The voice genders that are available vary by country and region. To change the language, from the Siri & Search screen, select Language.

Note: Your iOS device initially uses a compact voice for Siri. Your device will automatically download and install a more natural-sounding voice when you first connect to power and a Wi-Fi network.

How to activate siri voice on iphone

What types of things can I ask Siri about or ask it to do?

1. You can ask Siri to make a call, find a business and get directions, schedule reminders and meetings, search the web, identify songs with Shazam, and more. You can even ask Siri "What can you do for me?" You'll see examples of things Siri can do, along with ways you can ask for things.

Note: Siri has the ability to translate for you. Say a phrase in a different language, such as Chinese or Italian, and Siri will speak on your behalf in the desired language.

How to activate siri voice on iphone

2. The audio orb moves at the bottom of the screen, letting you know Siri is listening and processing your request. After you've started a dialogue with Siri, select the Siri icon to talk to it again.

How to activate siri voice on iphone

Let Siri know who you are

If Siri knows who you are, it can use your information to better help you. To make sure Siri knows who you are, from the Siri & Search screen select My information then navigate to and select your Contact. Your information is used for questions like "How do I get home?" or "What good restaurants are near work?"

Note: Learn more from the Apple support article About Siri.

How to activate siri voice on iphone

Use built in app shortcuts

Siri will make shortcut suggestions on the lock screen and within apps based on how you use each app. For example, if you use the same app every morning when you wake up, Siri will collect this information and start suggesting that app on the lock screen every morning for easy access. To enable or disable Siri Suggestions on the Lock Screen or in-app suggestions, from the Siri & Search screen, scroll to and select the desired app then select the desired switch to turn features on or off as desired.

How to activate siri voice on iphone

Read incoming messages

When you can't reach your phone, you can have Siri read your messages to you through your AirPods or Powerbeats Pro. To enable automatic message announcements through Siri when your AirPods are connected, from the Settings app, select Notifications > Announce Messages with Siri >  Announce Messages with Siri switch to place it in the ON position.

Note: This feature is not supported on original AirPods. You must have AirPods 2 or Powerbeats Pro connected to your iPhone to use this feature and to access these settings. You can reply to messages by talking to Siri. To allow Siri to send messages without reading them back to you before sending, select the  Send Replies Without Confirmation switch.

Why is my Siri not talking?

Check your Siri voice feedback 1) Open Settings and tap Siri & Search. 2) Select Siri Responses. 3) Choose Always. This ensures Siri will provide voice feedback even if your ring switch is turned off.

How do I use Siri to control voice on iPhone?

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How do I activate Siri without pressing the button?

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