9 Cool Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Siri

BY Sandy Stachowiak

Published 2 Aug 2017

Some people use Siri every day to take care of tasks like opening apps, setting up meetings, or creating reminders. But, there are many others who completely forget that Siri exists. If you are in the latter group, you may not realize just how much Siri can help. Aside from ordinary tasks, take a look at what else Siri can do for you on your iOS device or Mac.

On Your iPhone or iPad

#1. Phone – Access Calls

When you need to make a call in a hurry, there is no reason to hunt down a contact’s number. And, Siri can get you other details as well. Try these commands without even opening your Phone app:

  • Call (contact) on their home phone.
  • Get my call history.
  • Play the voicemail from (contact).
  • Do I have new voicemails?

Phone Siri Commands

#2. Restaurants – Get Details

You may have a preferred app for finding restaurants or making reservations. But, Siri can do this for you too. The next time you want to make plans for dinner, you can use these Siri commands:

  • Find the best burger place in (city).
  • Show me reviews for (restaurant and city).
  • Make a reservation at (restaurant name or type) (day and time).
  • Where is the closest pizza place?

Restaurants Siri Commands

#3. Movies and TV – Search for Shows and Theaters

Whether you want to find the latest episode of your favorite show or see which movies are playing at your local theater, you are covered with Siri. Check out these examples of how Siri can help you find what to watch:

  • Watch the latest episode of (TV show).
  • Find horror movies on Netflix.
  • What is (movie) rated?
  • Show me what movies are playing nearby.

Movies and TV Siri Commands

#4. Settings – Access Settings

Save time from opening your Settings app to perform simple actions. Siri can do exactly what you need, when you need it. Here are just a few things you can ask:

  • Is my Bluetooth on?
  • Turn on Airplane Mode.
  • Open Sounds.
  • Show me my Facebook settings.

Settings Siri Commands

#5. Home – For Home App Users

If you use the Home app to secure your home or automate settings, Siri can speed things up when you are heading out the door. Give commands or ask questions like these:

  • Lock the back door.
  • Is the porch light on?
  • Set up for movie night.
  • Is the front door locked?

Home Siri Commands

On Your Mac

#6. Finder – Open Files

This may be one of the commands you already use to open folders quickly. But, what many people might not know is that Siri can open files based on a day, name, or contact. Just start the command with the words Find, Open, Get, or Show. Here are a few examples:

  • Find the Word doc I worked on yesterday.
  • Open the file (filename).
  • Get the file (contact) sent me.
  • Show me all Excel files.

Finder Siri Commands

#7. System Preferences – Make Adjustments

You can view and adjust system settings, change your display settings, and even ask a settings-related question. For instance:

  • Make my screen brighter (or darker).
  • Change my wallpaper.
  • Is my Wi-Fi on?
  • Put my Mac to sleep.

System Preferences Siri Commands

#8. About This Mac – Get Information Fast

While you can certainly click the Apple logo from your menu and select About This Mac, you don’t have to if you just ask Siri. Try some of these handy commands for quick details about your machine:

  • How much storage space do I have?
  • How fast is my Mac?
  • What is my serial number?
  • What OS version do I have?

About My Mac Siri Commands

#9. On All of Your Devices

  • General Questions: Get answers to math problems, city details, word spellings, and more.
  • Maps: Ask for directions, show locations on the map, or find local businesses.
  • Messages: Send or respond to messages, read alerts, search for messages.
  • Music: Play a specific artist or song from Apple Music, identify tunes, or buy songs.
  • Sports: Get scores, game schedules, and standings.

If you are ever unsure of what you can ask Siri, just open the app and click the Question Mark icon. Each category will display on your device and you can select one for more details.

Siri Commands

You can also have a little fun with Siri by asking questions like, “What’s your last name?”, “What’s your favorite color?”, or “Do you like Microsoft?”. Or, ask to hear a joke, story, or poem. Whatever you choose to use Siri for, remember to take advantage of this handy built-in tool. Are you an avid Siri user and if so, which commands do you use most often?