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Complete guide to Siri: Updates in iOS 8.3 & how to use Siri features on iPad/iPhone

David Price | April 24, 2015
Our complete guide to Siri explains how to use Siri, details all the Siri features and commands (including the new questions introduced in iOS 8.3) and helps you get more out of Siri on your iPhone or iPad.

There are lots of funny answers in Siri's memory banks. For more in that vein, take a look at Funny things to ask Siri, which we'll keep updating whenever we discover new wisecracks.

Siri is by no means perfect, and occasionally it can mistranslate what you're saying, either transcribing the wrong message or finding the wrong result from Contacts. But it gets better the more you use it, and the more useful it becomes. And it's fun! Siri is one of the most entertaining aspects of the iPad, so be sure to hold down the Home button and try it out.

Siri has a quirky sense of humour and will respond to geeky comments, flirtation and famous sayings.

In the video above we show you some of the new things you can ask Siri, plus the new UK voices added in iOS 7.

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

 

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