Siri's Hidden Talents

We all know that Siri can be a powerful assistant on our iOS devices. I frequently leverage her power to schedule meetings, set reminders, make calls and send messages. Yet a small amount of web trawling showed me some other use cases that I simply wasn't aware of.

Here are some of my favourites:

Post To Twitter

If you are a social media user, activate Siri and say "Post To Twitter (or Facebook)". Siri will then ask you exactly what you would like to post. So far, this only works for Twitter and Facebook, given the fact you can configure these account settings within your iOS device directly.

Calculating Tips

Not just tips of course, but any complex math question. "Hey Siri, what is 20% of £39.75?" will yield the correct answer very quickly.

Making Decisions

I hate decision fatigue. Tires my brain out and there are times when I feel as though I don't have enough brain power as it is!

"Hey Siri, can you flip a coin?"
"Hey Siri, roll a dice for me?"

Putting the responsibilty for decisions onto anything that isn't me makes me smile.

Converting Measurements

This seems to come up a lot for me, especially when completing forms that ask for my height and weight, yet I still insist on only knowing my mass in stones/pounds rather than kilograms.

"Hey Siri, whats 13 stones in kilograms?" saves me a lot of time, often when I need it.


Settings Access

"Hey Siri, open Bluetooth"
"Hey Siri, open Personal Hotspot"
"Hey Siri, open Wifi"

You know where I'm going with this one. No more thumbing through the Settings app to get to these.

Email Management

I like using Siri to find emails from certain contacts about a given subject. "Hey Siri, show me emails about my new timetable" or "Hey Siri, do I have any emails from (NAME)" are handy commands. You can also use Siri to reply to an email. Whilst reading, activate Siri and say "Reply Dear Mike, I'm sorry, I'm not free to take over the world this week, try me again in a month's time"

Register Relationships

As long as your own contact information is entered (Settings -> General -> Siri), then you can tell Siri to remember certain contacts as family members.

"Joseph Bloggs is my son"
"Tubs Lardy is my boss"

When Siri asks if you would like the relationship saved, say Yes and in the future, you can say "Hey Siri, call my boss" and you don't need to say the name.

Save To Evernote

Fits in with the email management side to a point, however if you have your Evernote email address saved as a contact (which I'm sure you have - It's not like it's an easy one to remember!) then you can say:
"Hey Siri - send an email to Evernote Upload" (that's the name I have assigned in Contacts to my Evernote address)


Setting Location Reminders

You need to make sure that Location Services are activated for Reminders to make this work. Then, you will need to configure some locations in your Contact card. This is easily done by opening Contacts and clicking on My Card. Add addresses for Home and Work as a useful start.

"Hey Siri, remind me to peel the spuds when I get home"

It doesn't have to be locations tied to your contact card. If you want, Siri can create reminders based on points of interest that have appeared through Internet searches.

"Hey Siri, remind me to try the new sub when I get to Subway"

This prompts a response that involves choosing from a list of restaurants and you simply choose the one you want. Other examples would include reminding you to get nails at the Hardware store, collect a form from your childs school when you arrive, pick up fruit from the Supermarket etc.


There are so many more uses for Siri that I've outlines above, these are just some of my favourites that aren't widely adopted. Look for more and see how Siri can help make you a tiny bit more productive.