Hidden Siri Features

There are multiple Siri commands and tricks that are unknown to many users. These tricks can help perform tasks that would otherwise take a lot longer.

What Is Siri?

Siri is a virtual assistant built into Apple products. Devices like iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple watches have it pre-installed. You can ask questions to your device that it will answer in return with a voice. The voice can be customizable to many languages, styles, and accents. In addition to that, many small tasks, like setting a reminder or alarm, can be carried out by Siri.

Hidden Features

First introduced with the iPhone 4s, Siri is versatile software used by millions around the world. It eases daily work with the plethora of features it offers. However, there are still many not known by the masses, which further improve the usability of the assistant. Here are some of the most useful ones.

Activating Siri Using Voice

To activate Siri, you have to long-press the power button for iPhone X and newer devices. You can change the settings to open the software by merely saying, "Hey Siri''. It's useful whenever you don't want to or can't touch your phone. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open your Settings.
  2. Scroll down.
  3. Tap on the "Siri & Search" option.
  4. Turn on the "Listen to 'Hey Siri'" command.

Siri can listen to you even when turned off

Find A Song Name And Artist

It's common knowledge to ask Siri to play a song. Many don't know that if a song is already playing, then you can find its name and singer. All you have to say is, "What song is this" and let the microphone capture the sound.


The language barrier is one of the hardest parts of visiting or moving to a foreign country. Luckily, Siri can translate up to 9 different languages. You can easily communicate with the locals who may not know English.

Transferring Money

Quickly sending cash to anyone can be done just by your voice. You will need to have a payment option, such as PayPal linked to your iPhone. Then just say "Send $50 to Ben". You can only send money to someone in your contacts, and then that person should have a payment option on their phone as well.

Switching On/Off The Flashlight

Siri has a lot of control over your phone. Most already know that it can turn on the flashlight. What a lot of people aren't aware of is that it's an excellent feature to search for your phone, especially in the dark. If your iPhone is lost in a dark room, then you can simply ask, "Turn on the flashlight."

Screen Reading

Multi-tasking is a great way to utilize your time. Often, you're driving or doing some work, but want to read a book or an article. You can request the text on your screen to be read. Through this, Siri can act like an audiobook. To activate the feature, scroll down from the top of the screen with two fingers. The speed can also be adjusted to suit your needs.

Turning On Appliances

Many smart appliances like bulbs or fans turn on using voice. The appliance must be compatible with your device however, so bear that in mind while purchasing. Moreover, it's necessary to set it up properly. An example of such a device is the Philips Hue Bulb. Apple's website has an entire list of compatible accessories.

Correct Pronunciations

Siri was designed to say nearly every word contained in the relevant language. However, names aren't often pronounced correctly. Therefore, you can teach the pronunciation of your name by telling it, "Learn to say, Jose." You can choose your favorite pronunciation from a list of multiple options.

Planes Over You

At any point, you can ask Siri, "What planes are overhead?" If your location is on, then the names and flight numbers of the aircraft flying above you are shown.

Muaz Ashrafi

Hi! I am Muaz, a Mass Communication major. I like to think I am a free urban spirit. I write blogs with a focus on tech and gadgets. When I'm not writing, you can find me with my headphones on, relaxing to some good house EDM music. I'm also a hobbyist photographer, you can find me on Instagram @mzwithacamera.


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