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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.

Play the next track, or "next".

Play some random music.

Stop playing music.

Say "Genius" to play similar songs.

Finally - and this isn't something you're likely to be doing yourself, but we thought it was interesting to see - it turns out that Siri is a passable rapper. Well, passable might be pushing it. But a producer called Skeewiff has done a remix using Siri for vocals. It sounds like it took a fair bit of work.

How to tell Siri to identify music

While we're talking music, did you know that you can tell Siri to identify music?

As of iOS 8, you can identify music that's currently playing thanks to Siri's new Shazam integration. Activate Siri while a song is playing and it will display a moving audio waveform and a musical icon to indicate that it's interpreting the music. The it will tell you what song it was, and give links to Shazam itself and a Buy Now for iTunes.

If you later want to look back at the songs Siri has identified in the past, you can open the iTunes Store app on your device, tap the button in the top right corner with three lines, and then tap Siri. (I have no idea why I asked Siri to identify Santa Claus is Comin' to Town by Bruce Springsteen...)

Ask Siri about: Sport

(Note: We hope you like Premier League football. No Formula One, no cricket, no rugby, no golf and no football outside the top English league - yet. In fact, when we asked who was winning the Championship, Siri went ahead and decided we must mean the Premiership.)

When are the next Tottenham Hotspur matches?

When is the next Tottenham Hotspur match?

Who is on the Manchester United team?

(Note that Siri responds best to official names)

Ask Siri about: Clocks and Alarms

Set an alarm for 7 o'clock.

Change the 7 o'clock alarm to 7.30.

Wake me up in 8 hours' time.

Turn the 7 o'clock alarm off.

Turn all my alarms off.

Delete the 6am alarm.

Cancel all alarms.

Switch off my morning alarms.

Set a timer for five minutes.

Cancel the timer.

What time is it in Berlin?

What's the date this Saturday?

How many days are in this month?

How many days till Christmas?

Ask Siri about: Contacts

Who is Simon Jary?

Find people called John.

Dave Smith is my dad.

Kate Smith is my mum.

Louise Smith is my sister.

Ask Siri about: Phone

Call my dad at home.

Call Kate.

Dial 020 555 555.

 

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