How do you set Siri to speak reminders?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bossyman, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Bossyman macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Whenever a reminder comes due, my iPhone only beeps. I have literally spent over an hour searching through settings and can't seem to find anything. Please help...
  2. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
  3. Bossyman thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    LOL...on the Apple advertisement, it speaks the reminders...or am I completely nuts????? :p
  4. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    There is a voice over setting in the accessibility options.

    Otherwise, you have to ask it to read you something.
  5. Bossyman thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Thanks for the reply...tried that...not it...the voice over speaks EVERYTHING...and then makes you tap twice to perform functions, etc.

    On the Apple ad, when a text message comes through, Siri reads it aloud...when the guy dictates a text, Siri reads what he spoke back to him...

    ...My Siri says "here is your text to Allie. Shall I send it?" It does not read it to me...

    Anybody know how I can get Siri to act like it does on the Apple ad? Thanks so much.
  6. RipsMctits macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011

    No offense, but I think you need to watch the ad again. Nowhere did I see a Reminder being read to anyone, nor did I see any texts being spoken after dictation.

    EDIT: I misspoke. Towards the end there is one instance of this. A blind person, which we can assume is using assistance settings based on the notification also being read to her. It was pretty clear to me when I watched this that it would not be a Siri feature by default. In the other texting instances in the ad, there is no evidence of Siri reading back what has been dictated before it is sent.

    So I can see where you might get this impression, but I don't really follow you on the whole thing about Siri reading reminders. That's not even in the ad.
  7. Bossyman thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    LOL...I just watched it...

    The text that the guy dictates to Siri, Siri speaks it back to him and asks him if he should send it...when a text comes in to the lady sitting on the coach reading, it automatically reads it to her "You have a text from Sally. It says..."

    The video is on the Apple website under Siri...

    Sooooo frustrating...
  8. dotme macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    Reminders, no - but texts, yes.

    If you're using bluetooth, Siri will repeat your outgoing message back to you automatically before asking you if you want to send.

    Without bluetooth, when Siri asks you if you want to send your text, say "review" instead of "send" and she will read it back to you, then ask again if you want to send it.
  9. Trius macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2008
    You know, now that I think of it, Siri sometimes reads my texts before sending but sometimes she doesn't.. Thinking back now, I believe when I was using my bluetooth headset, she reads it back to me before sending. When I'm just holding the phone not using my headset, she doesn't speak the text before sending.
  10. bigred7078 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2010
    I didn't realize this, thanks for the info on saying "review"!
  11. RipsMctits macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    As stated earlier, you need to turn on voice overs. And yes, it will read everything (this is also in the video when the notification is being read). She is blind, and using accessibility features. My bad.

    Regardless, in the first two instances of texting, there is no such example of Siri speaking your dictation, and no such example of such a feature for the Reminders app.

    Excuse the earlier error. I was too quick to point out something and now I look stupid, lol. I'm just seeing a lot of "Why can't Siri do facebook?" or "Why can't Siri access X or Y app?" so I reacted too quickly.
  12. Bossyman thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Sweeeet...thank you all so much...

    A simple "review" command for text messages or bluetooth on...


    Now, one more question...maybe even more complicted (worth a new thread?)

    I have set Siri home/work reminders 5 times thus far...all have been confirmed by Siri and set up properly...

    Only 2 of them have worked...seems no rhyme or reason...anyone else having issues with this?
  13. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    Reminders - location based

    Give this a try:
    In settings / mail,contacts,calendars / scroll to the very bottom. under
    Default List, touch the arrow and change your setting to Reminders. Only Reminders work as location based commands using gps. Tasks is what ios5 defaults to, (and what your setting currently are) thus your location based commands wont work because they are saved as tasks.
  14. Jay42 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    Headset/holding the phone to your ear/bluetooth - messages are read back aloud.

    Using the speakerphone, they are displayed on the screen
  15. Caliber26, Oct 19, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011

    Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    What are you talking about? When you go into Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then 'scroll to the very bottom' there is no Default List. There's 'Reminders' and the option to change how far back you want to sync, but there's no way to switch between Tasks and Reminders.

    EDIT: I went and looked in here and I realize that you can change your default between Reminders and Tasks, in the event you're using an Exchange account. Since I don't have an Exchange account set up in my phone, that's probably why I only see Reminders and nothing about Tasks.
  16. BigRingIt macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2011
    Or even with headphone plugged in
  17. TaoOfSteve macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2014
    You can get Siri to speak reminders as follows:

    You: "Set a reminder."

    Siri: "OK, just tell me what you want to be reminded about."

    You: "Call Mom."

    Siri: "Here's your reminder. Shall I create it?"
    (The reminder appears on the screen.)

    You: "Speak the reminder."

    Siri: "It is 'Call Mom'. Those are all the reminders you have."

    You: "Set the reminder for today at 6pm."

    Siri: "Here's your reminder for today at 6pm. Shall I create it?" (Reminder is on the screen.)

    You: "Speak the reminder."

    Siri: "It is today at 6pm 'Call Mom'. Those are all the reminders you have."
  18. TaoOfSteve macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2014
    Same sort of thing works for texts.

    You: "Please text Dean."

    Siri: "OK, what do you want to say to Dean?"

    You: "How are you?"

    Siri: "Ready to send it."

    You: "Speak the text."

    Siri: "Your message to Dean says 'How are you?' Ready to send it."
  19. bigred7078 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2010
    You are replying to a thread from 2011...
  20. Freida macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2010
    I think you are asking for trouble here. I think Siri will never speak reminders to you unless you ask him. Reason? Simple! Privacy!
    Imagine this: In a store waiting by the cashier and your phone starts to tell you:
    Buy milk - ok that is ok
    Buy condoms - hmm, tricky
    Call your boss - hmm, ok
    Buy tampons - awkward

    And those are just very simple examples. Either you will have to start encrypting your reminders into some thing "get the green" (meaning, buy condoms and use them on Cindy) :)))) or you will have to limit what you put in there.

    P.s.: for the record, I never put these in my calendar I used those as examples to make it clear. In fact, most of my reminders would be ok but there are some that I just wouldn't want people around me to know. In fact even for the common stuff. It's just something that its none of other people business.
  21. TaoOfSteve macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2014
    You totally got it! Siri will speak when asked to speak, but otherwise won't. One can imagine all sorts of embarrassing scenarios if it was any other way.

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