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Complete guide to Siri: How to set up Siri in iOS 9 & train it to recognise your voice

David Price | Oct. 26, 2015
Our complete guide to Siri explains how to use Siri, details all the Siri features and commands (including iOS 9) and helps you get more out of Siri on your iPhone or iPad.

Use Siri to find out whose iPhone/iPad you've found

If you've found an iPhone or iPad that you can't unlock and you don't know who it belongs to, you can try asking Siri. Say, "Siri, who does this phone belong to?" and you will get their name and an alternative phone number if one is listed.

How to use Siri: Useful things to ask Siri about

But this is just the beginning - there are lots more useful things you can ask Siri about.

Siri improves the more you use it and once you begin to use of regularly, you realise just how useful and powerful it is.

Siri learns names quickly, if you keep repeating them and selecting the correct option from a list. So with a bit of practice you quickly hurdle the frustration of it attempting to text, message, or call the wrong person. And if you have relationships added - 'mum', 'dad', 'wife', 'husband' and so on - it quickly feels a lot less formal (You can say 'Sharan Parsons is my mum' and Siri will remember that, for example).

If you find that Siri pronounces your name wrong, you can say "Learn how to pronounce my name" and correct it.

Here are 10 things to say to Siri that you might not have tried:

1. Turn Bluetooth off.

2. Open an app.

3. Post to Facebook and Twitter.

4. What is 20 degrees centigrade in Fahrenheit?

5. How many calories in a Big Mac?

6. How much is a 10% tip on a £38.90 bill?

7. What is the square root of 81?

8. Flip a coin (also try Yes or No? and Roll a die).

9. What time is it in San Francisco?

10. Take a picture.

How to use Siri: Things to say to Siri in the UK

There are a few collections doing the rounds of things that you can say to Siri, but many of them are from the US, and as we know Siri works a little differently in the UK (although the fact it works at all is remarkable compared to other voice-activated systems). So we thought it'd be a good idea to list all the different things you can say to Siri in the UK. Here is a list for all the serious stuff you can say to Siri.

Ask Siri about: Maps

Direct me home.

Show me work.

Find Sheffield.

Show me local traffic.

Show me the Statue Of Liberty.

Find pizza near me.

Where am I?

Get me directions from Leeds to Doncaster.

 

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