Monday Morsel - Siri (Part 2 of 3)

Let Apple's Siri help you

In today’s Monday Morsel, let’s focus on getting things done with five great things Siri can do for you.

Since it was introduced in October 2011, Siri has gotten a lot of attention in the news - some good, some bad, some just plain silly. Folks have been distracted by the fact that you can ask Siri to tell you a joke or to answer an existential question, but lost in that hubbub is the fact that Siri can be a remarkably useful tool. I’ve been putting Siri through some paces over the past few months and have been pleased with the results.

To invoke Siri, simply press and hold the "home" button on the iPhone or iPad until you hear the two-tone chime. Let's get started!


Send quick text messages or email

Be specific in your instructions and speak your command all at once. Siri will handle it. So to send a text message, press and hold the "home" button until you hear the two-tone chime and then speak into your phone: “Siri, send a text to my wife that I will be home in 30 minutes.” Or, “Send a text to Greg that dinner Thursday night sounds good to me.” Likewise, you can say, "Siri, send an email to my Mom." Siri will then ask you what the email's subject should be and then ask what you would like your email to say. Just follow her voice prompts and you're sending an email without having to type it. Cool, huh?


Call people

Similarly, instruct Siri to dial your phone rather than looking at your phone to dial. Simply speak into your phone, “Siri, call my mother,” or “Call Rob at work.”


Set alarms and timers

Whether you’re going to be or just want to be reminded to do something 45 minutes from now, Siri can handle your light work. “Siri, wake me up at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow” or “Set an alarm for 45 minutes.”


Remind yourself

I spend a lot of time in the car and set a lot of reminders while I’m on the go. Well, Siri sets a lot of reminders! Give it a try: “Remind me to call Paul at 7 o’clock tonight” or “Remind me to return Wendy’s call.”


Get directions

When I’m not sure how to get to my next appointment, I ask Siri to help. That’s right – I’ve been known to ask for directions! “How do I get to Carlos’ Café from here?” or “Get me directions to Connie’s house.”

This is just a sample of the great things you can do with Siri. If you’d like to discuss how to make Siri work for you, give me a call – or ask Siri to call Tech Me Back for you!

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