- #1. Use Siri with a Wi-Fi Connection Whenever Possible
- #2. Wait for Siri's Ready Prompt Before Speaking
- #3. You Can Use A Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Siri
- #4. Remember that Siri Works with a Wide Range of Apps
- #5. Siri Also Does Math
- #6. Use Siri to Dictate Text, but Speak Your Punctuation
- #7. Fill in the Related People and Birthday Fields Within Your Contacts App
- #8. Avoid Using Siri in Areas with a lot of Background Noise
- #9. Get Into the Habit of Providing Siri with the Needed Information
- #10. Still Not Sure What Siri Can Do? Just Ask Siri!
#9. Get Into the Habit of Providing Siri with the Needed Information
When you issue a command or question to Siri, if you don't provide enough information, Siri will respond by asking for additional information or a clarification. For example, if you say, "Call John Doe"; and your Contacts database has a Home, Work, and Mobile phone number for John Doe; Siri will respond, "Which phone number for John Doe? Work, home, or mobile?"
To save time, simply say, "Call John Doe at home," or "Call John Doe's mobile phone." You'll also discover that Siri will respond more easily to your questions and commands if you speak in a conversational tone, just as you would when speaking to another person.
Siri also uses information from the Calendar and Reminders app, and can respond to questions or commands that relate to this information. For example, you can use Siri to create an appointment with John Doe. Later, you can ask Siri, "What time is my appointment with John Doe?" or "Where is my appointment with John Doe?" If this information has been included within the Calendar app, Siri will be able to respond accurately.
Likewise, if you need Siri to remind you of something, activate Siri and say, "Remind me to…" Within your reminder, include a time and/or date. Or, say something like this: "Remind me to feed the dog when I get home."
Siri can use your iPhone's Location Services feature, in conjunction with the Reminders app, to determine when you get home, for example, and then issue the requested reminder.