How to get Siri on the watch to use iPhone

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by KarinvdB, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. KarinvdB macrumors member

    KarinvdB

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    So here’s the thing. I have a grocery shopping app that supports Siri. So I can tell Siri to add something to my list in that app. However, this doesn’t work straight on the AW, if I ask the same question AW tells me there is no such list, and I can use iPhone to continue. When I then ask the same question it will do what I want, on the iPhone. So how do I get the AW to use Siri straight on the iPhone instead of having to ask the same question twice?

    I tried to google it but all I get is instructions on how to use Siri on the AW.

    Any ideas? I tried “Hey Siri, use iPhone” but that doesn’t work.
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    When I ask Siri to put cookies on my grocery list it put it on my iphone’s Grocery reminder list.
     
  3. KarinvdB thread starter macrumors member

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    I can tell Siri (in Dutch): Put milk on my list in Appie (Appie being the app of a Dutch grocery chain). Then the item is added straight to the shopping list in that app. I use that app because it includes sales and it can sort in the order things are in the local store, so using the reminder lists in iOS isn’t convenient.

    On AW if I say the same thing it says there is no such list “in Appie” and asks if I want to use the iPhone, which means I can speak into the AW and Siri on the iPhone interprets it. This happens for more actions that the AW can’t deal with on it’s own. I’m just wondering if there’s a shortcut to letting the AW send it straight to Siri on the iPhone.
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Wish I could help. Seems like it should work except the Siri in the watch does not know what the Appie app is.
     
  5. co1f macrumors regular

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    I don’t think so. I believe siri on AW is independent of siri on iPhone, evidenced by that siriAW can work when phone is disconnected.

    Perhaps an AW developer or someone with knowledge of the Siri kit can say if this is currently possible... that is, for the app dev to write a smarter AW app to do what you’re asking.

    This is one reason I use the default Reminders app. I’ve also defaulted ‘hey siri’ for my AW3 and turned that off on my iPhone. To my watch, I can say ‘hey siri, add pepper to shopping list’ and it just works.

    Unfortunately app developers have to add support for the latest and greatest features, which always lags what Apple itself can deliver on Day 1... unless said app developer has been given an inside track ahead of time.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    The Siri on my watch can place items on my phone in the reminder list.
     
  7. co1f macrumors regular

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    Yes, but that's not what the OP is asking for. OP has a 3rd party app on their phone, not using Reminders.
     
  8. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

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    Your third party app needs to update its watch app with Siri support
     
  9. KarinvdB thread starter macrumors member

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    Unfortunately there is no watch app for this app (yet). I will put in a request with them but goodness knows how long that might take.

    I was hoping for something along the lines of "Hey Siri, on my iPhone <insert siri command here" that would make it go straight to iPhone.
     
  10. twinlight macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah this is a thing I also would complain about with Siri. It doesn’t know your devices or ecosystem. Really annoying. Sometimes it understands what you want to do but responds with “I can’t do that”.

    I wonder how this will work when the HomePod is released.
     
  11. predation macrumors 65816

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    I use Siri on my watch to make a call from my AirPods, it seems to make a call from my watch, not my phone (phone is connected via Bluetooth to AW-close proximity).

    Is this same scenario kind of like what OP is asking about?

    When I ask Siri to make a call from my AirPods and my phone is near by, I’d like it to use my phone, not the watch.

    Or am I missing something?
     
  12. co1f macrumors regular

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    That’s not what the OP is asking about IMO. OP is asking about forwarding Siri requests to 3rd party apps on the phone.

    I’ve post a reply on a similar thread I started about this...

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/making-aw-ap-call-w-o-handoff-to-phone.2077823/
     

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