iPhone Siri Guidebook: The Complete List of Siri Tips, Tricks and How-to Tutorials
Siri is an amazing feature in iPhone 4S. The virtual personal assistant is ages ahead of its competition. When you first get your hand on iPhone 4S you might you Siri the way any novice would do. But Siri can do a lot more than just setting up alarms and reminders. In order to enable you to get the most out of Siri, we’ve put together this guidebook which is a comprehensive list of every tip, trick, and how-to tutorial. The guidebook contains around 35 how-to tips and tricks regarding Siri, so read on to start using Siri like a pro.
Note: This guidebook is a work in progress and we will continue to update it with more tips and tricks as and when they are found. So you may want to book this page for future reference.
Table of Contents:
- Siri Dictation Commands Guide – All You Need to Know.
- Top 10 Ways to Use Siri.
- Top 10 Secret Siri Commands.
- Basic Siri Commands You Need to Know to Improve Your Interaction With iPhone 4S.
- Top 10 Tricks to Use Siri With Wolfram Alpha.
- Three Useful Siri Tips for iPhone 4S.
- Make Use of Siri for Text Entry on Mac with Air Dictate.
- How To Get Siri Dictation On iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS Right Now With Siri0us (Jailbreak).
Siri How-To Guides
- How To Get Siri Help You Shop For Gadgets.
- How to Control Siri From Across the Room (IRIS 9000)
- How to make Siri Dictate to PC and Mac.
- How to Create and Edit a Shared Shopping List on iPhone Using Siri.
- How to Make Siri Compose and Read Emails for You on iPhone.
- How to Control Mac OS X with Siri.
- How to Add Tasks to Remember the Milk on iPhone With Siri.
- How to Add Phonetic Spellings to a Contact Name For Siri.
- How to Turn Off iPhone Alarms With Siri.
- How to Install Siri on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch 4G.
- How to Create a Shopping List on iPhone Using Siri.
- How to Instantly Launch Apps on iPhone With Siri.
- How to Remove a Relationship Created by Siri.
- How to Add Relationships to Your iPhone Contacts Using Siri.
- How to Make Siri Call You in Your Own Dialect.
- How to Launch Siri on iPhone Without Pressing the Home Button.
- How to Send Tweets and Facebook Status Updates From iPhone With Siri.
- How to Access Bluetooth on iPhone With Siri.
- How to Create an Un-Dated To-Do List Using Siri.
- How to Change Siri’s Voice From Girl To Guy and Vice-Versa.
- How to Make Siri Read Selected Text on iPhone 4S.
Siri App Integrations
- How to Add Notes to Evernote on iPhone Using Siri.
- Siri Hacked to Control Home Thermostat.
- Siri Hacked to Run on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch.
- Siri Can Start Your Car.
- iPhone 4S Hack Allows You To Control Siri Using Your Brain.
- Siri Hack Enable it to Control Plex Media Playback on a TV.
- H1Siri Ports Siri to iPhone 4 using an illegal Hack.
- Siri Hack Now Allows it to Control Home TV.
- Spire: A Functional and Legal Jailbreak Tweak Ports Siri To iPhone 4, 3GS
- Top 3 Disappointing Siri Features.
- How to Solve Siri’s Failure to Make Calls Issue.
- How to Fix Siri Trouble Connecting to the Network Issue.
Siri Dictation Commands Guide – All You Need to Know.
Siri not just allows you to open apps and set reminders, it also allows you to dictate text and commands to your iPhone. We have created a complete Siri dictation commands guide, that lists all the dictation commands that can be given to Siri.
Basic Siri Commands You Need to Know to Improve Your Interaction With iPhone 4S.
Once you have reviewed the dictation command guide for Siri, it is time to have a look at the most basic Siri commands. This list will enable you to know the most primitive ways in which you can use Siri.
Three Useful Siri Tips for iPhone 4S.
There are a lot of useful Siri tips, but we have just tried to list the best three for you.
Top 10 Ways to Use Siri.
Siri can do just about anything on your iPhone. So it was highly pertinent for us to create a list of top 10 ways in which you can use Siri. In other words, this list contains the top 10 Siri features.
Top 10 Secret Siri Commands.
There are a lot of commands to which Siri can respond. Some of these commands are well known and widely used, while others are still wandering in obscurity. We have created a list of top 10 secret Siri commands that are not that widely used.
Top 10 Tricks to Use Siri With Wolfram Alpha.
Siri is integrated with Wolfram Alpha, which is a computational knowledge engine. This integration is really powerful and allows users to do a lot of things like asking Siri for natural facts like “whats the scientific name of a mountain lion” or just plainly inquiring about “the square root of 25″. The top 10 ways in which Siri can be used together with Wolfram Alpha are listed in this guide.
Make Use of Siri for Text Entry on Mac with Air Dictate
Air Dictate a new app now enables you to enter text to your Mac using your iPhone 4S and Siri. Just like the Speech Recognition on your iPhone 4S, you are going to like it even more! With Air Dictate you are now able to enter text to your Mac using your iPhone 4S and Siri, it’s that simple. In this article we will explain how to make use of Siri for text entry on Mac with Air Dictate.
How To Get Siri Dictation On iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS Right Now With Siri0us (Jailbreak)
The fact that Apple had no plans to release Siri for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and other Apple devices was really very disappointing for the owners of previous Apple devices. However, the jailbreak community remained absorbed to create Siri ports for iPhone 4 and other devices. We now have a successful solution that makes Siri dictation available free of cost for the users of iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Although Siri dictation is only a part of what Siri can actually do, it nevertheless was better than having nothing.
Siri How-To Guides
How To Get Siri Help You Shop For Gadgets
Wolfram Alpha is an intelligent database that enables the user to perform useful functions such as asking it to solve math questions and so on. Now the developers of Wolfram Alpha have come up with an additional feature that allows you to query Wolfram Alpha to get help with shopping gadgets.
How To Get Siri Help You Shop For Gadgets
How to Control Siri From Across the Room (IRIS 9000)
Think Geek has made available IRIS 9000 which is a little box with a built-in microphone. IRIS 9000 has a slot on which you can place your iPhone 4S and speak with Siri from across the room, using IRIS 9000′s microphone.
How to make Siri Dictate to PC and Mac.
Siri currently only runs on iPhone 4S. Apple has not yet announced any plans to make the awesome virtual personal assistant available for other devices like the iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or even prior versions of iPhone. However, hackers are trying desperately to not just make Siri run on other devices and platforms but also make it do other awesome things. The one success that the hacker community have had till now is the ability to make Siri dictate text and commands to a PC or a Mac.
How to Create and Edit a Shared Shopping List on iPhone Using Siri.
Siri can be made to compose lists. These lists could be anything from a to-do list to a shopping list. However, the virtual personal assistant can also be configured to create and edit a shared shopping list, that could be simultaneously edited by many people. This feature can be a great help in shared event planning and other such activities.
How to Make Siri Compose and Read Emails for You on iPhone.
One of the most basic features of Siri is the ability to read out text messages to you and then respond to those messages on your command. However, you can go the extra mile on this one and can configure Siri to read and compose emails for you on your iPhone. This feature can be extremely handy in situations where you can not use your hands to access your phone, like driving or exercising.
How to Control Mac OS X with Siri.
Siri currently is only available on iPhone 4S and Apple has not yet announced its plans to make Siri available for other devices like iPad, iPod Touch or the Mac. However, the hacker community is already at work to try and make Siri run on other platforms too. One such accomplishment has been the ability to make Siri control Mac OSX.
How to Add Phonetic Spellings to a Contact Name For Siri.
Not every iPhone 4S user is a native English speaker. Due to this reason a lot of people have non-english names that Siri finds hard to pronounce correctly. This issue can be easily resolved by adding phonetic spellings of your name or that your contact to Siri, so that it could correctly pronounce those names.
How to Turn Off iPhone Alarms With Siri.
Siri can not just be asked to create alarms for you but can also be instructed to turn off an iPhone Alarm. In fact you can make Siri turn off all the Alarms on your iPhone with a single command.
How to Install Siri on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch 4G.
Apple currently does not support Siri for older versions of iPhone or iPod Touch. However, the jailbreak community has come up with a hack that allows users to install Siri on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch 4G. In order to make this work you would need to have a jailbroken device.
How to Create a Shopping List on iPhone Using Siri.
Siri can be asked to create a shopping list. This is pretty handy for people who frequently forget their grocery items while shopping. So create a shopping list with Siri, so that you dont miss out on any item the next time you go out for shopping.
How to Instantly Launch Apps on iPhone With Siri.
One of the most basic features of Siri is that it could be asked to launch apps quickly. So for example you can ask Siri to launch Facebook app and it will do just that for you.
How to Add Relationships to Your iPhone Contacts Using Siri.
Siri can be instructed to add relationships to your iPhone contacts. Once these relationships are added you can then just ask Siri to call “your mom” or “your wife” and it will know whom to call.
How to Remove a Relationship Created by Siri.
Relationships can change over time, for example a girl friend could become an ex-girlfriend and so on and so forth. So once you have added relationship to an iPhone contact using Siri, there should be a way to remove or alter those relationships.
How to Make Siri Call You in Your Own Dialect.
Many iPhone 4S users have names that are either too long or they just want to be called something else. For example a person named Alexander might want to be called “Alex” by Siri. Siri can easily be taught to call you by whatever name you want.
How to Launch Siri on iPhone Without Pressing the Home Button.
Normally one has to press the home button in order to launch Siri. However, this should not always be the case. You can also launch Siri without having to press the iPhone home button.
How to Send Tweets and Facebook Status Updates From iPhone With Siri.
Siri can be asked to send tweets to Twitter and status updates to Facebook. In order to do so, you will first have to configure Twitter and Facebook with Siri. But once that is done sending tweets and Facebook status updates would be as simple as sending SMS messages.
How to Access Bluetooth on iPhone With Siri.
Siri can also be configured to access Bluetooth on iPhone. Although this one is a crude hack, it does work – so that’s all that counts.
How to Create an Un-Dated To-Do List Using Siri.
Siri can be easily asked to create a to-do list or to set a reminder. However, there might be scenarios in which one would like to create a to-do list but do not want to create a specific time based reminder for that to-do list.
How to Change Siri’s Voice From Girl To Guy and Vice-Versa.
Siri talks to users in a female voice. However, this should not always be the case. In fact the default voice of Siri in UK is a male. Siri’s voice can easily be changed from male to female or from female to male, if you so desire.
How to Add Tasks to Remember the Milk on iPhone With Siri.
As we have just mentioned that the hacker community is working aggressively to make Siri integrate with apps. Since Siri was already able to create a to-do list, a very basic extension of this feature now enables users to add tasks to Remember the Milk, a to-do list app from iPhone.
How to Make Siri Read Selected Text on iPhone 4S
Siri can be made to a lot of useful things from opening apps to setting reminders and what not. In addition to all that you can also make Siri read text for you. In this article we will explain how to make Siri read selected text on iPhone 4S.
Siri App Integrations
How to Add Notes to Evernote on iPhone Using Siri.
Siri currently does not natively support apps. What this means is that you can not make Siri to move on to the next or previous page in iBooks app. However, people are working on this issue and work is in progress to make Siri work with apps natively. However, in its current capacity Siri can be made to take notes and add these notes to Evernote, which is a popular note taking app.
Siri Hacked to Control Home Thermostat
Its been just a few months that Apple has released iPhone 4S, or the iPhone with Siri – the virtual personal assistant, and people are already busy trying to find out new and innovative uses of Siri. This immense interest is due to the awesome features that Siri provides. We now have a hack of Siri that lets Siri to control the home thermostat. The hack does not require you to jailbreak your iPhone but in turn involves setting up a proxy server which intercepts the Siri commands. Once the proxy server is setup, it can be used to add additional command functionality to Siri, like controlling the Home Thermostat or doing countless other things.
Siri Hacked to Run on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch
Ever since Apple iPhone 4S has been released and people realized what an awesome product Siri really is, hackers have been trying hard to make Siri work on not just other Apple devices, but on other platforms as well. One such hacker has been Steve Troughton-Smith. Earlier in his endeavor Smith run into some dead ends, the most important of was the problem to get the hacked iPhone’s to talk to Apple’s servers.
Siri Can Start Your Car
iPhone 4S is simply the most innovative iPhone release ever not because of some hardware improvements, but because of being the first iPhone ever to have Siri on it. Ever since the release of iPhone 4S, the developer community is hard at work to make Siri do a lot of other things that are still not possible with the stock iPhone. And naturally these efforts are paying dividends. Siri can now control third party apps and even open car doors thanks to a clever use of Siri proxy.
iPhone 4S Hack Allows You To Control Siri Using Your Brain
Ever since iPhone 4S has been released with Siri, hackers have been trying to not just make it run on different platforms, but are also busy at work to use Siri in different ways and with different apps. Siri has been hacked to allow you to control it using your brain instead of voice commands. The hack has been developed and is currently being refined under a project named Black Mirror by a couple of hobbyists. These fellows were just curious about finding out if Siri could be controlled by nothing except for brain ways.
Siri Hack Enable it to Control Plex Media Playback on a TV
Siri has now been hacked to control Plex media playback using the Siri Proxy. In case you missed it earlier, a developer created a SiriProxy to control a thermostat. After demonstrating his hack, he open sourced the Siri Proxy code so that others could also use it.
H1Siri Ports Siri to iPhone 4 using an illegal Hack
We now have a new jailbreak app by the name of H1Siri that claims to allow a fully working port of Siri on the iPhone 4. But just as it is being released we have started getting a lot of questions about the legality of this hack.
Siri Hack Now Allows it to Control Home TV
The rumor mills have been in over drive regarding the Siri controlled Apple TV release. However, before Apple could do it, Todd Treece an iPhone hacker has been able to demonstrate just that – i.e. a TV set that is being controlled by Siri. Todd has managed to get Siri to control his TV using an Arduino IR remote setup and SiriProxy.
Spire: A Functional and Legal Jailbreak Tweak Ports Siri To iPhone 4, 3GS
The entire jailbreak community has been working on porting Siri on other devices and platforms ever since Apple unveiled Siri as an iPhone 4S-exclusive feature back in October. We have already seen some results of these efforts with hackers running Siri on other platforms. But up until now there was no public release. Well that has changed now, as we now have a new jailbreak app called Spire.
Top 3 Disappointing Siri Features.
Siri is just awesome. In fact according to one survey the satisfaction level of iPhone 4S users is higher than any other iPhone user group to-date. A large part of this can be directly attributed to Siri. However, even Siri under delivers in certain areas. Three of those areas are discussed in this article.
How to Solve Siri’s Failure to Make Calls Issue.
Siri is server dependent. What this means is that the software that is running on your iPhone is dependent upon servers at Apple Inc. to respond to your commands. This dependency frequently leads to errors and failures on Siri’s part. One such error is Siri’s failure to make calls.
How to Fix Siri Trouble Connecting to the Network Issue.
As we have mentioned earlier, Siri is dependent on Server software running some where in the Apple cloud to respond to user commands. This dependency could be a headache if Apple’s servers are overloaded. In such heavy load hours, Siri responds by displaying “Failure to Connect to Network Error”. This particular error can be fixed in certain situations.