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How to Set Up Siri on an iPhone or iPad

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Introduction

Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables users of iOS devices to speak voice commands in order to operate the mobile device and its apps. She is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad Pro, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad Air or later, iPad mini or later, and iPod touch (5th generation or later) and requires Internet access. Users can speak commands, and receive audible confirmation from Siri, to send messages, place calls, set reminders, operate iTunes and more.

Siri Preferences

1 How to Setup Hey Siri

  • “Hey Siri” is supported on iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro (except 12.9-inch, 1st generation), and iPad (5th generation or later) without being plugged into power.
  • “Hey Siri” is supported on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 8 or later while plugged in. Not supported on first-generation iPad, iPad 2, and first-generation iPad mini.
  1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Siri and Search.
    Siri and search
  3. Enable Listen for Hey Siri.
    Enabling Hey Siri
  4. Tap Enable Siri.
    Enabling Siri
  5. Siri will ask you to train her. Tap Continue.
    Apple setting up siri's voice training
  6. Say "Hey Siri" into the device.
    Siri is listening as you speak to her
  7. When Siri has the information she needs, you'll see a check mark.
    Siri check mark
  8. Say "Hey Siri, how's the weather today?"
    Hey siri how is the weather today
  9. Now say, "Hey Siri, it's me."
    Saying hey siri it's me
  10. Hey Siri is now ready.
    Hey siri is ready and setup

2 How to Enable Siri

Enable Siri

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Siri and Search.
    Siri and search
  3. Choose whether to enable Siri by voice with Hey Siri or choose to just push the button for Siri.
    Selecting to turn Siri on
  4. Tap Enable Siri.
    Enabling Siri

3 How to Change Siri's Language

Select Siri's Language

From your Siri settings screen, tap Language and select your preferred language.

Choosing siri's language

4 How to Secure Siri's Lockscreen

Toggle Whether Siri Can Be Used From the Lockscreen

From your Siri settings screen, slide the Access on Lock Screen button to green. This will allow you to speak to Siri through your Lock Screen. Please be aware that this can lower the security of your device.

Allowing Siri on the lockscreen

5 How to Change Siri's Voice

Change Siri's Voice

From your Siri settings screen, tap Siri Voice and select the voice you would prefer.

Choosing Siri's voice

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Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables users of iOS devices to speak voice commands in order to operate the mobile device and its apps. She is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad Pro, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad Air or later, iPad mini or later, and iPod touch (5th generation or later) and requires Internet access. Users can speak commands, and receive audible confirmation from Siri, to send messages, place calls, set reminders, operate iTunes and more.

Siri Preferences
  • “Hey Siri” is supported on iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro (except 12.9-inch, 1st generation), and iPad (5th generation or later) without being plugged into power.
  • “Hey Siri” is supported on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 8 or later while plugged in. Not supported on first-generation iPad, iPad 2, and first-generation iPad mini.
  1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Siri and Search.
    Siri and search
  3. Enable Listen for Hey Siri.
    Enabling Hey Siri
  4. Tap Enable Siri.
    Enabling Siri
  5. Siri will ask you to train her. Tap Continue.
    Apple setting up siri's voice training
  6. Say "Hey Siri" into the device.
    Siri is listening as you speak to her
  7. When Siri has the information she needs, you'll see a check mark.
    Siri check mark
  8. Say "Hey Siri, how's the weather today?"
    Hey siri how is the weather today
  9. Now say, "Hey Siri, it's me."
    Saying hey siri it's me
  10. Hey Siri is now ready.
    Hey siri is ready and setup

Enable Siri

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Siri and Search.
    Siri and search
  3. Choose whether to enable Siri by voice with Hey Siri or choose to just push the button for Siri.
    Selecting to turn Siri on
  4. Tap Enable Siri.
    Enabling Siri

Select Siri's Language

From your Siri settings screen, tap Language and select your preferred language.

Choosing siri's language

Toggle Whether Siri Can Be Used From the Lockscreen

From your Siri settings screen, slide the Access on Lock Screen button to green. This will allow you to speak to Siri through your Lock Screen. Please be aware that this can lower the security of your device.

Allowing Siri on the lockscreen

Change Siri's Voice

From your Siri settings screen, tap Siri Voice and select the voice you would prefer.

Choosing Siri's voice