Virtual personal assistants are everywhere these days! Haven’t got started with Siri yet? We’ll take you through how to set up and use Siri on iPad so you can start to work with her as well as several tips to make her run better.
1. Enable Siri in your Settings
Check that you have Siri turned on before you get started. To do this, you’ll have to look into the Settings of your iPad.
On your iPad, tap on the Settings icon from your Home screen. Then choose General > Siri. There should be a toggle switch there labeled Siri. Enable Siri by flicking it to on – it should be green if she’s enabled. You’ll then see a popup to confirm that you want to ‘Enable Siri’.
In the Siri menu, you will have a range of options:
- Allow ‘Hey Siri’ (allows you to access Siri without pressing a button)
- Language – e.g. English (United States) or English (Australia)
- Voice Gender (yes, you can have a male Siri!)
- Voice Feedback
- My Info
We recommend turning on the ‘Hey Siri’ and Voice Feedback functionality for ease of use.
2. Make Siri Secure
Make sure that no one can access your data by chatting to Siri with a passcode lock. Tap on your Settings from the Home screen, then to TouchID & Passcode and enter your passcode. Scroll to find Allow Access When Locked and switch Siri to Off. This way if your iPad is switched off, no one can get into it by accessing Siri.
3. Access Siri
To start asking Siri questions, simply hold down your Home button until you see the Siri prompt and she asks “What can I help you with?”. Ask Siri a question or get her to do a task for you, such as “Call Mom”.
You can also do this with ‘Hey Siri’. All you need to do is say “Hey Siri” then ask your question or make your request.
Tips for Siri
Turn On Location Services
Get Siri to do tasks like “Find a pet store near my office”, or “Remind me to call Dave when I leave home”, or “Find a nearby shopping center” by using location services. By tracking your location, it makes it easier to do certain tasks. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and switch it to on.
Siri for the Indecisive
Struggling to make a decision? Let Siri decide with a roll of the dice, a flip of a coin, or picking a number. All you have to do is say “Roll the dice”, “Flip a coin”, or “Pick a number” which is between 1 and 100 but you can change that, too.
Siri = Shazam?
You can ask Siri to identify the song that’s on, all without having to open up Shazam. Siri will listen for a minute to what’s playing and report back with what she finds. All you have to do is ask “What song is playing?”.
Search Your Photos
It’s a pain in the neck to scroll through all your photos trying to find the right ones. If you know when approximately the pictures were taken and where you were, then you can get Siri to do the hunting for you. For example, if you ask Siri to “Show me photos from Chicago last July”, she’ll do exactly that.
Book Your Restaurant for the Evening
Need to make a reservation? If you’ve downloaded the OpenTable app, then you can do it easily with Siri. Ask her “Make a dinner reservation at 8pm for two”, then she’ll list available restaurants that have openings. Choose the one that you want and she automatically books it through OpenTable. Too easy!
Check What You Can Ask Siri
Not sure what else to ask? You can ask Siri herself, strangely enough. Simply say “What can I ask you” to see common types of questions that people ask Siri. This can be a great way to get started with her as it gives you knowledge of a whole range of things that could be handy to use.
Getting the hang of Siri takes time but once you’ve got it, the possibilities are endless! Make your like easier. Learn how to set up and use Siri on iPad and get started today!