18 Siri Commands Every iPhone Owner Should Know «iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks



Siri can do many things on iPhone, such as send messages, provide information, get directions, find contacts, and play music. Nonetheless, there are far more important Siri voice commands that every iPhone owner should know about. Some even hate Siri.

Some of the useful Siri commands came with iOS 16, so they’re fairly new and are the ones you may not be familiar with compared to the rest. However, you shouldn’t ignore features that work on iOS 16 and earlier iOS versions. Because chances are you haven’t come across them yet, and one of them might be the one you’ll be using the most from now on.

All commands below should work whether you launch Siri from the side or home button, Hey Siri, or Type to Siri.

1. Restart or power off your iPhone.

In iOS 16 and later, you can ask Siri to “Restart iPhone” or “Restart Phone” and Siri will actually ask you to confirm that you want to restart your device. You can say “Yes” or tap the “Restart” button. The same goes for “power off”, “power off iPhone” or “power off phone”.

Before iOS 16, Siri said you couldn’t do that. (More info.)

An example of a working Siri command to restart:

  • “Restart iPhone”
  • “Restart your phone”

An example of a Siri command that works on power off:

  • “Power Off”
  • “Power Off iPhone”
  • “Turn off your phone”
  • “shut up”
  • “Shut down iPhone”
  • “Turn off your phone”
  • “Turn off iPhone”
  • “Turn off the phone”

2. See what’s possible

“What can I do here?” only available on iOS 16 and later. Learn all possible Siri commands for the currently open app. “What can I do? [App Name]?” to find out about other apps on your iPhone. Either way, if Siri can’t find any results, it will suggest some useful system commands. These commands only work on iPhone. XS and the latest model. (More info.)

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “What can I do here?”
  • “What can I do [App Name]?”

3. Open system or app settings

If you need to change some iOS settings on your iPhone, the quickest way to open the Settings app is to use Siri. Say “Open Preferences” or “Open Settings” or say “Preferences” or “Settings”.

“You might say.[Menu Name] default settings” or [Menu Name] In “Settings” you can open some specific submenus, but not all. Some that work include Accessibility, Display, General, Siri, and Wallpaper. In a few cases, like “zoom settings,” Siri displays a button you can tap to move around. Others may do nothing.

Also, in almost any app, say “Preferences” and Siri will take you directly to that app’s settings. “You might say.[App Name] Preferences” or “[App Name] From any app, you can go directly to the settings of the app you requested. Strangely, it doesn’t work with all Apple apps, but I’ve found it to work in over 60% of them.

Example of a Siri command to open the Settings app:

  • “Open Preferences”
  • “Open Settings”
  • “Set”

Examples of Siri commands to open apps or menu settings:

  • “Preferences” (when in the app)
  • “[App Name] Preferences”
  • “[App Name] Set”
  • “[Menu Name] Preferences”
  • “[Menu Name] Set”

4. Take a screenshot

If you’re tired of fumbling for hardware buttons and don’t like the other alternatives, Siri can take a screenshot for you. If you say “screenshot”, “take a screenshot” or something similar, Siri’s interface will quickly disappear before the screenshot takes place. This works regardless of whether Always Show Siri Captions, Always Show Voice or Show Apps Behind Siri is enabled.

You can also send a new screenshot directly to someone using “Take a screenshot and send to”. [Contact]” or “Share screenshot with [Contact].”

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “screenshot”
  • “Take a screenshot”
  • “Take a screenshot”
  • “Screen Capture”
  • “Screen Capture Snap”
  • “Take a screenshot and send it to [Contact]”
  • “Share screenshot with [Contact]”
  • “Send screenshot [Contact]”

5. Casting a Spell

Whether you’re a big fan of Harry Potter or not, it’s fun to make your iPhone work differently. Siri lets you use the “Lux”, “Nox”, and “Accio” spells to turn the flashlight on and off and invoke specific apps, respectively. If you’re a big fan, you can even program your iPhone to perform your own Potter spells for things like turning up the volume, finding friends, and resizing text.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

6. Hang up?

Whenever you’re on a call or FaceTime call and your hands are busy doing other things and need relief, just tell Siri to “hang up” and it’ll do it for you. For iPhone 11 and newer models, it only works with iOS 16 or later. works on iphone too XS, XS Max, and XRBut only if you use AirPods or Siri-enabled Beats headphones.

Unlike the other Siri commands on this list, you must activate Hangup before it works. You can toggle the switch by going to Settings -> Siri & Search -> Hang Up or Settings -> Accessibility -> Siri -> Hang Up. Voice input is handled only within the device, so you don’t have to worry about Apple eavesdropping on your conversations.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

7. Toggle or adjust settings

Siri can turn many settings on iPhone on and off, as well as tweak some options, and keyword triggers depend on your preferences.

Some of the settings that work include Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Brightness, Cellular Data, Dark Mode, Flashlight, Focus (e.g. Do Not Disturb, Driving, Gaming, and Mindfulness), Low Power Mode, Night Shift, Smart Toggle, VoiceOver, Voice Control, and Wi-Fi. -Fi.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “Enable airplane mode”
  • “Turn on game focus”
  • “Toggle Dark Mode”
  • “Increase Brightness”
  • “Activate flashlight”
  • “Invert Colors”

8. Perform math calculations

Whenever you need to solve a math problem, you can quickly open the Calculator app from Control Center. Still, sometimes Siri is faster.

Siri was able to solve complex math problems, but recent updates have slowed Siri’s math abilities (even though Spotlight can still solve them). However, you can still use Siri for many math problems, such as calculating tips, dividing bills, finding the cube root of a number, checking the weight of a stone, converting currency, and multiplying and dividing long numbers.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “1 divided by E”
  • “How many pounds is a stone?”
  • “The cube root of 569”

9. Play videos with subtitles

If you miss a line while watching a movie or TV show on your Apple TV, you can ask Siri “What did they say?” Rewind 15 seconds and turn on subtitles for those 15 seconds. It only seems to work in the TV app. When asking Siri on Netflix, Starz, and other streaming video services, you may get a “Subtitles not available” error even though there are subtitles available.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “What did they say?”
  • “What did he say?”
  • “What did she say?”

10. Find time elsewhere

You can program the Clock app to show the time in another city or country via the World tab, but it’s not a very convenient way to find the time elsewhere when you need to know quickly. Instead, ask Siri, “What time is it? [Location].”

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “What time is it now [City Name]?”

11. Added stop during navigation

In iOS 16 and later, you can ask Siri to “add a waypoint” while navigating. You can then ask where you want to go and respond with your preferred stop. If there is more than one result, Siri displays a list from which you can select the desired result. When that location opens in the Maps app, you can tap “Add Stop” to get directions to that place before your final destination.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “Add waypoint”
  • “Add stop [Location’s Name]”

12. Add items to your shopping list

Instead of itemizing your shopping list items, tell Siri to add the item you just thought of to the list. If you already have a list called Shopping List in Reminders, Siri adds it to it. Otherwise, Siri will ask if you want to create an account to save to your iCloud account. (You can also use Siri to add items to other lists in Reminders.)

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “Add milk to my shopping list”
  • “add [item] to [list’s name]”

13. Play News

If you don’t have time to read the news, just ask Siri to “Play News” to get a quick look at the most important recent events. Siri plays an audio report from your primary news source through the Podcasts app. If you don’t like the default settings, please change them to: [News Source Name],” and Siri will use it from now on. You can also say “Play news at” to hear a different perspective. [News Source Name].” In the US, Apple News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR are all supported.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “Turn on the news”
  • “Play news from [News Source Name]”
  • change to ” [News Source Name]”

14. Find a specific email

If you need to quickly find emails from a specific contact or about a specific subject, you can ask Siri to search your emails. You can’t search the body of an email with Siri yet, as you can only search by contact and subject.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • Find your email in ” [Contact]”
  • “Find Email for [subject]”
  • “find [subject] e-mail”

15. Watch the trailer

When you want to watch or show a trailer for a movie or TV series to others, ask Siri to play it for you. When it finds a match, it plays right from the TV app. Otherwise, you will be prompted to choose from multiple results. If you can’t find any, it says there are no trailers available.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “[Title] trailer”
  • “trailer [Title]”
  • “Play trailer [Title]”
  • “do [Title” trailer”

16. Share Things

Using the share sheet to send an article, TV show, or another item can be a lengthy process if the person is not in the contact suggestions row. You can skip all the work and ask Siri to share something for you. For example, when viewing an article online or in the News app, say “share this with [Contact].” If Siri isn’t able to send you a direct link, it will take a screenshot and send it to you instead. Either way, you’ll need to confirm to send it.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

  • “Share this [Contact]”
  • “Come week [Contact]”
  • “share [Contact]”

17. Call emergency services

If you’re not a fan of hardware button triggers to contact emergency services, you can ask Siri to contact you instead. Say “Call 911” or ask them to call the emergency services you need to reach.

Examples of Siri commands that work:

18. Find things

If you can’t find one of your Apple products, you can use Siri to find your missing device instead of opening the Find My app. If you say “Find me” [device],” If you are nearby and online, the sound will start playing. If you are not online, the sound will play the next time your device comes online. This works on all devices that support Find My.

Examples of Siri commands that work:




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