How to Activate Siri


According to a 2011 report by the National Safety Council, an estimated 1.3 million traffic accidents a year are attributable to cell phone use. To help combat the issue, voice-operated services like Siri have been developed to reduce phone-related road distraction and for convenience in other uses. As Siri is capable of reading and composing messages as well as helping you navigate around town via GPS, its use may keep your eyes more firmly fixed on the road rather than your iPhone. Understanding how to activate this feature and knowing how to use it could literally save your life.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone 4S or more current model
  • Tap the “Settings” icon from the home screen and then select “General” from the menu list.

  • Tap “Siri” and then slide the toggle to the “ON” position to enable Siri for the first time.

  • Press and hold the “Home” button until the microphone icon appears and beeps.

  • Give Siri an order or ask a question. Wait for Siri to process what you've said and perform the given task.

  • Tap the microphone icon and restate your request if Siri did not understand you correctly the first time.

Tips & Warnings

  • To take full advantage of the hands free aspect of Siri, consider investing in a Bluetooth headset. When using a headset, you can simply press and hold the “Talk” button to activate Siri and issue queries or commands. This means the phone can stay in your pocket -- rather than in your face -- while driving.
  • If you’re unsure of what Siri can help you with, just say “Options” after the beep. Siri will pull up a list of functions available through the feature. Chief examples include making phone calls, reading and replying to text messages, playing music files, getting directions, setting reminders and making calendar entries.

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