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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.

Mail Mum and say "looking forward to seeing you at Christmas" with a subject "Christmas". (Just say "a subject" and then whatever you want to use as the subject line. Note that if you say "a subject that says" iOS will put the "that says" into the Subject header.)

Any email from Simon today?

Did I get an email about football today? (This will search subject headers.)

Reply with "are we going to meet up this weekend?"

Ask Siri about: FaceTime

FaceTime Steven.

FaceTime Dad's iPhone.

Ask Siri about: Find My Friends

Where is Dave?

Ask Siri about: Music

Skip track.

Play songs by Abba.

Play First Cut Is The Deepest.

Play the Back to Black album.

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.

 

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