Who do you use Siri?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by martymar112, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. martymar112 macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2011
    what are they ways you use Siri?

    I use it to set alarm and timers.

    Also reminders. Anything else cool. Thanks.
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    What do you use Siri for sorry don't know how to edit the title
  2. iThingsGurl, Apr 18, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016

    iThingsGurl macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2014
    You can ask Siri to read your messages/emails for you.
    Lol I use Siri when I'm bored to amuse myself by asking silly questions. And my Siri is set to Male voice with a British accent ;)
  3. arms10 macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2016
    The Midwest, USA
    I've had my 6SPlus for three weeks and have yet to speak to the feminine wunderkind...
  4. KellyPrimo macrumors newbie


    Apr 21, 2016
    I use siri make phone call in crowded places as the iPhone‘s earphone is really good at noise reduction of my voice (sometime i even cannot hear myself but siri has no problem with that).
  5. daniel1948 macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2015
    Spokane, WA
    Mostly I use Siri to ask silly questions when I am bored. Once I couldn't find an app so I asked Siri to open it and she did. Whoopee! In the 3 or 4 years I've had Siri (first on the iPad, and now on the iPhone) I've used her exactly once for something other than asking silly questions. I use the original female voice.
  6. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I use it for navigation in the car.

    "directions to home" works pretty well if i am somewhere unfamiliar and want to get home easily.
  7. doosan macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2016
    For me, setting timers and creating calendar events are most useful.
  8. daniel1948 macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2015
    Spokane, WA
    Yesterday I asked Siri, "What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?" And instead of giving me the correct answer which, as everyone knows, is 42, she said "I don't think there's a consensus on that question." Thus demonstrating that Siri is unreliable. She may be okay for setting timers and opening apps, but you'd better not trust her for anything really important.
  9. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I use my Australian male voiced Siri to set timers, turn on DND, wake me from naps, make phone calls, get directions, send text messages.... Probably more.

    My only gripe is that Siri always wants in on the conversation. I'll be talking to someone and all of a sudden Siri will say "I'm sorry, I didn't get that," or simply start writing whatever I'm saying. Harumph!
  10. Cassie2015 macrumors member


    May 10, 2016
    United States
    I only used for make phone calls, but I will try to read messages/emails for me and set timers, thanks
  11. SoYoung macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2015
    I use siri a lot. I use it to make phone calls, to get the scores on my favorite sports, to make quick equations, to set reminders, timers or alarms, when I dont know what music is playing and I like the track, i ask siri to tell me who is it etc.

    For me siri is realy useful, gone are the days when I just ask stupid questions to her.
  12. Cassie2015 macrumors member


    May 10, 2016
    United States
    haha, when I feel bored, I also ask some stupid questions to her, she is so cute!
  13. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    But for many "she" speaks using a male voice.
  14. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Oh goodness, what don't I use Siri for? I ask her to add and subtract for me because, even though I used to get good grades even in Calculus class, I'm at that stage in life it takes me forever to do calculations in my head.

    I also sometimes have her spell words for me. I use her to set timers and alarms. I ask her how old various famous people are when we all get to watching some old movie and wonder how old the actor or actress is now.

    When I was driving to pick up my kid from school I heard the DJ dedicate a set of songs to celebrate the life of Prince. I was shocked and asked Siri if singer Prince is dead and she pulled up articles for me about his death that I peered at when I reached the red light. And that's how I found out about Prince's death. My husband found out when the CNN app fed a text headline to his Apple Watch. I also have an Apple Watch but don't like news notices so I turned that feature off. I regretted my decision for that particular instance.

    When I'm grocery shopping and trying to come up with a menu plan that can incorporate particular items of meat or produce that are on sale I ask Siri to pull up various recipes so I can purchase the necessary ingredients to go along with the big sale item.

    When we get various stings, insect bites, ticks, and other encounters with bugs I ask Siri to pull up pictures and information.

    I sometimes ask her for the time when I don't have my Apple Watch on me. Though yesterday when I was driving and asked her for the time she gave me this "put upon" tone and instead of telling me the time she pulled up my clock display instead. Which was useless to me while driving. I was surprised and a bit ticked off by that. I'm not sure what that was all about. Sometimes it seems they put in odd bits of AI personality. Or perhaps something went awry in the processing of my request. :confused:

    When traffic blockages happen I ask Siri for help taking me home another way, as I'm terrible with directions and can't remember routes unless I travel them routinely.

    I ask her to play my music playlists. I've learned to name them so she doesn't get flummoxed and pull up random songs from Apple Music instead.

    It helps I have a clear moderately pitched feminine voice that I can make fairly lacking in any accent, though my normal speaking voice carries a faint southern US accent. I mention this because I've noticed a lot of people, especially men, can't get Siri to work as well and as consistently for them as I can and my daughter who has a similar tone and manner of speaking can.

    I did used to have Siri set to the British male voice but I found that affected the NFL Football score retrieval.
  15. Bebe_Dahling macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2015
    I use Siri all the time. I will ask Seri where the closest Lowes is for example. I ask alot of questions for example, "What are the side effects of "name of medication". Siri will find the web sites for me that apply. I say the name of my local theatre and Siri shows me link for the current movies and movie times. I can ask, "What is the definition of "your word" and you will usually get a voice response without having to look at a link. Siri can usually find any information I request. There are times when Siri has a problem with a question that I ask that is too complex but if you change it to the main information you want Siri will give several websites to choose from to get the information. There is always the map directions which Siri does speak them of course so you do not have to look at your iPhone. If Siri's response to your question is "I'm sorry I didn't get that" you can try a few times and the same question will respond turn Siri off and turn back on and you are good to go. Also if the response is just wrong for example, Call Ron mobile and you are may get " calling Tom mobile. You quickly hit the mic and ask again and she will say the same thing. I have to turn off Siri and back on to try again and speak slower emphasizing the name Rrrrrrron will do it. I love Siri.
  16. The Unseen macrumors member

    The Unseen

    Jun 24, 2012
    Naples, Italy
    I use Siri mainly to set timers and meetings, and to set toggles like Battery Saver and wifi/cell data
  17. Ergates-thi-Ant macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2013
    Setting timers is very useful on my apple watch, because Siri is hands free whilst I'm cooking, for example. I sometimes forget to take my medication, and can ask Siri to remind me when I get home.
  18. DarkExistence Suspended


    Aug 11, 2016
    I use siri when I wake up in the morning to tell me my calendar events. Also use siri to set my alarms. Works out pretty well

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