Siri is the voice assistant on Apple devices, equivalent to Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, and Google's Google Assistant. Siri is available across most of Apple's devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod.

You can ask Siri all kinds of questions, from simple queries about the weather to more complex questions about everything from sports scores to the number of calories in food. Siri can also enable or disable settings, find content, set alarms and reminders, place calls and texts, and so much more.

siriwaveform
This guide covers the basics of Siri, including some of the commands you can use to activate Siri, devices that have Siri included, and devices that support more advanced hands-free "Hey Siri" commands.

Activating Siri

On an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌, Siri can be activated by holding the Home button on compatible models or holding the Side button on devices without a Home button. As of iOS 14, on the ‌iPhone‌ and the ‌iPad‌, Siri pops up as a small icon at the bottom of the device's display.

ios14compactsiri
On the Mac, you can click on the Siri app icon on the dock or the menu bar, or press and hold the command key and the space bar. On a Mac with a Touch Bar, you can press the Siri icon on the Touch Bar. On 2018 MacBook Air and Pro models or the iMac Pro, you can activate Siri with a "Hey Siri" command.

macbook pro hey siri
On the Apple Watch, you can say "Hey Siri" to activate Siri. On Apple Watch Series 3 or later with the latest version of Apple Watch, there's a Raise to Speak feature that lets Siri respond to commands even without the Hey Siri trigger word. Just hold the watch near your mouth and speak. Siri can also be activated by holding down on the Digital Crown.

On first-generation AirPods, a double tap activates Siri, and on second-generation ‌AirPods‌, Siri can be activated with the "Hey Siri" command.

On ‌HomePod‌, say "Hey Siri" or press on the top of the ‌HomePod‌ to activate Siri.

On ‌Apple TV‌, hold down the Siri button on the remote (the button with the microphone) to activate Siri.

Devices Compatible With Siri

Siri is on almost every Apple device, and it's built into macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. You can activate Siri on Macs running macOS Sierra or later, all Apple Watch models, the fourth and fifth-generation ‌Apple TV‌, all modern iPhones, the ‌AirPods‌, and the ‌HomePod‌.

homepod siri

Devices That Support 'Hey Siri' Without Power

Most Apple devices have support for the "Hey Siri" activation command, but more recent iPads, iPhones, Macs, and Apple Watches offer hands-free "Hey Siri" Siri support even when not connected to power. That means you can use the "Hey Siri" trigger phrase at any time to activate Siri.

Compatible devices are listed below:

  • ‌iPhone‌ 6s and later
  • Second-generation ‌AirPods‌ (‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌ or Apple Watch connection required)
  • 5th-generation ‌iPad‌ and later
  • All iPad Pro models except the first-generation 12.9-inch model
  • 5th-generation iPad mini
  • 3rd-generation iPad Air
  • All Apple Watch models
  • ‌HomePod‌
  • 2018 MacBook Pro
  • 2018 ‌MacBook Air‌
  • ‌iMac‌ Pro

When multiple devices that can respond to "Hey Siri" commands are available, the devices will use Bluetooth to determine which one should respond to the request so not all of them answer at once. According to Apple, the device that heard you best or the device that was most recently raised or used will respond.

If you have a ‌HomePod‌, the ‌HomePod‌ will often take precedent and respond to "Hey Siri" requests even when other devices that support the feature are nearby.

Countries Where Siri Support is Available

Siri is available in more than 35 countries around the world, including the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many countries in Asia and Europe.

A full list of countries where Siri is available can be found on Apple's Feature Availability website.

Certain Siri features like translations, sports info, restaurant information and reservations, movie information and showtimes, dictionary, calculations, and conversions are limited to a smaller number of countries.

What Siri Can Do

Below is a list of some of the commands and questions Siri is able to respond to, and some of the actions Siri is able to take.

  • Make calls/Initiate FaceTime
  • Send/read texts
  • Send messages on third-party messaging apps
  • Set alarms/timers
  • Set reminders/check calendar
  • Split a check or calculate a tip
  • Play music (specific songs, artists, genres, playlists)
  • Identify songs, provide song info like artist and release date
  • Control HomeKit products
  • Play TV shows and movies, answer questions about them
  • Do translations and conversions
  • Solve math equations
  • Offer up sports scores
  • Check stocks
  • Surface photos based on person, location, object, and time
  • Apple Maps navigation and directions
  • Make reservations
  • Open and interact with apps
  • Find files (on Mac)
  • Send money via Apple Pay
  • Check movie times and ratings
  • Search for nearby restaurants and businesses
  • Activate Siri Shortcuts
  • Search and create Notes
  • Search Twitter and other apps
  • Open up the Camera and take a photo
  • Increase/decrease brightness
  • Control settings
  • Tell jokes, roll dice, flip a coin
  • Play voicemails
  • Check the weather

Siri How Tos

Passive Siri

Siri is an active assistant that you can interact with, but Apple has also integrated Siri into other aspects of iOS and watchOS, allowing Siri to make proactive suggestions that you can act on.

On the ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, and Apple Watch, Siri can make various kinds of recommendations. When you're running late for a scheduled meeting, for example, Siri might suggest that you call your boss either on the Home screen or when you swipe down to search and access the Siri Suggestions options.

siriwatchfaceseries4
In Messages and Mail, Siri can suggest things like phone numbers or addresses based on what you've typed, and in Safari, Siri can offer up search suggestions. Siri can do other things like suggest ‌HomeKit‌ scenes to activate, suggest a time to leave when you have an event scheduled, suggest events to add to your calendar from your email, and more.

Siri suggestions are all based on your personal device usage habits, so what you see will vary.

There's also a feature in iOS called "Siri Shortcuts," which are shortcuts and automations that let you complete multi-step tasks on your ‌iPhone‌. Siri Shortcuts are so named because Siri will suggest them to you and because you can activate Shortcuts with a Siri trigger word.

siri shortcuts duo

On-Device Speech Processing and Personalization

Starting in iOS 15, speech processing and personalization are done on-device. This makes Siri faster at processing requests, but also more secure. Most audio requests made of Siri are kept entirely on the ‌iPhone‌ and are no longer uploaded to Apple's servers for processing.

Siri's speech recognition and understanding of commands improves as a device is used, with Siri learning the contacts most interacted with, new words typed, and topics preferred, with all of this information kept on device and private.

On-device speech processing and personalization is enabled through the Apple Neural Engine and it is available on iPhones and iPads that have an A12 Bionic chip or later.

On-device processing is available in German (Germany), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, U.S.), Spanish (Spain, Mexico, U.S.), French (France), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (China mainland), and Cantonese (Hong Kong).

Offline Support

With on-device processing now available, there are a wide range of Siri requests that can be handled offline. Siri can create (and disable) timers and alarms, launch apps, control audio playback, and access Settings options. Apple says Siri can also process Messages, sharing, and Phone requests.

Siri's Latest Features

In ‌iOS 15‌, Apple added on-device processing and offline support, along with introducing new Siri capabilities. Siri can share whatever's on the screen, such as photos, Apple Music songs, webpages, and more, and Siri is better able to maintain context between requests.

Siri can control ‌HomeKit‌ devices at specific times, so you can say things like "Hey Siri, turn off the bedroom lights at 7:00 p.m., and this also works for location. If you say "Turn the lights off when I leave the house," Siri will do so. These requests can be accessed in the Automation section of the Home app.

Siri in ‌iOS 15‌ is also able to announce notifications and reminders when you're wearing ‌AirPods‌, and the Announce Messages feature is available for CarPlay. For more on everything that's new with Siri in ‌iOS 15‌, we have a Siri guide.

Siri Videos

We've done several videos highlighting different Siri features, and our most recent can be found below.


Siri Privacy

Siri does send data back to Apple, but searches and requests are not associated with your identity to keep your personal information safe.

Apple does not sell your data to advertisers or other organizations, and end-to-end encryption is used for all data syncing between your devices and the cloud. Apple does sometimes use Siri recordings for improving Siri's performance, but there's now a toggle to opt out of Siri data collection and usage, which can be found in our how to.

Guide Feedback

Have questions about Siri, know a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

Related Articles

iPhone 12 Pro Layout

Chinese AI Firm Wants Apple to Stop iPhone Production Over Patent Infringement Claims

Wednesday September 8, 2021 3:31 am PDT by
Ahead of next week's Apple event, which is expected to include the launch of the iPhone 13 lineup, a Chinese AI firm is asking a court to stop the production and sale of the iPhone in China, alleging that Siri infringes upon its patent, South China Morning Post reports. Apple last year was hit with a $1.4 billion lawsuit from the Chinese AI firm Xiao-i Robot, which claims Apple violated its...
siri glow

Apple Can't Get Out of Siri Privacy Lawsuit, Says Judge

Thursday September 2, 2021 12:41 pm PDT by
Apple will not be able to avoid a proposed class action lawsuit covering Siri privacy claims, reports Reuters. The suit in question, which was initially filed in 2019, accuses Apple's voice assistant Siri of violating user privacy. The plaintiffs involved in the case can try to prove that Siri routinely recorded private conversations due to accidental activations, and that Apple disclosed...
siri glow

Apple Launched Invite-Only 'Siri Speech Study' App to Improve Siri

Friday August 20, 2021 5:09 am PDT by
Apple recently launched an invite-only iOS app called "Siri Speech Study" to improve and provide feedback on the Siri voice assistant, it has emerged (via TechCrunch). The app, which first appeared on the App Store on August 9 without fanfare and was updated on August 18, allows users to voluntarily share their Siri interactions and feedback with Apple so that it can gain data to improve...
siri glow

iOS 15 to Limit Siri Functionality With Third-Party Apps

Wednesday July 28, 2021 3:42 am PDT by
Starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8, Apple will cut back on integration between Siri and third-party apps, drastically reducing the type and number of commands users will be able to invoke through the virtual assistant for third-party apps. On a developer support page, Apple says that a number of SiriKit intents and commands will no longer be supported with the...
f1623089740

Apple Announces Range of New Home Features for HomePod Mini, Apple TV, and Apple Watch

Monday June 7, 2021 11:22 am PDT by
Apple today announced a range of new smart home features for HomePod mini, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, as well as third-party Siri integration on accessories for the first time. Siri on the HomePod now supports making commands to control content on an Apple TV. The HomePod mini can also be set as a default output for an Apple TV. SharePlay will work with the Apple TV through FaceTime on...
siir apple event april 20

Siri Reveals Apple Event Planned for Tuesday, April 20

Tuesday April 13, 2021 12:04 am PDT by
Siri has apparently prematurely revealed that Apple plans to hold an event on Tuesday, April 20, where the company is expected to reveal brand new iPad Pro models and possibly its long-awaited AirTags trackers. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Upon being asked "When is the next Apple Event," Siri is currently responding with, "The special event is on Tuesday, April...
maxresdefault

iOS 14.5 Adds New Siri Voices, No Longer Defaults to Female

Wednesday March 31, 2021 10:22 am PDT by
The sixth beta of iOS 14.5 that was released this morning introduces two new Siri voices that are available in English, plus it adds a new setup selection option that will let people choose their preferred Siri voice rather than defaulting to a female voice in the United States. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The Siri changes were outlined by TechCrunch, and the...
ai company acquisitions

Apple Bought the Most AI Companies From 2016 to 2020

Thursday March 25, 2021 10:50 am PDT by
Apple is the leading buyer of companies in the global artificial intelligence space, according to data shared today by GlobalData. From 2016 to 2020, Apple acquired the highest number of AI companies, beating out Accenture, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, all of whom also had a high number of AI acquisitions. Over the course of the last several years, Apple has bought companies like...
ios14siriinterface

Apple Training Siri to Better Understand People With Atypical Speech

Thursday February 25, 2021 12:42 pm PST by
Apple is researching how to improve Siri to better understand people who talk with a stutter, according to new details shared by The Wall Street Journal in a piece on how companies train voice assistants to handle atypical speech. Apple has built a bank of 28,000 audio clips from podcasts featuring people who stutter, which could be used to train Siri. The data that Apple has collected will...
hey siri

Lawsuit Accusing Apple of Recording of Confidential Siri Requests Without User Consent Dismissed

Wednesday February 10, 2021 2:36 pm PST by
A Northern California judge today dismissed a class action lawsuit that accused Apple of the "unlawful and intentional" recording of confidential Siri communications without user consent. The class action lawsuit was first filed in August 2019 after it became known that Apple had employed contractors to listen to and grade some anonymized Siri conversations for product improvement purposes. ...
siri default music service ios 14 5 beta

Siri Setting in iOS 14.5 Beta Lets Users Select Default Music Streaming Service

Monday February 8, 2021 3:09 am PST by
Apple last week released beta versions of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers and public beta testers, and among a number of new features, Apple has added the ability to set a default music streaming service when using Siri to play songs. Image via Reddit user matejamm1 First spotted by Reddit users, the first time you ask Siri to play a song in iOS 14.5, you are given the ...
ios14compactsiri

iOS 14.3 Lets Siri Replicate Sounds Like Lion Roaring

Monday December 14, 2020 2:17 pm PST by
Apple in iOS 14.3 quietly added a new Siri feature that's designed to allow the personal assistant to replicate all manner of sounds, from animals to alarms, musical instruments, and more. According to CNBC, you can ask Siri questions like "what does a humpback whale sound like?" or "what does a lion sound like?" to have Siri play the sound of a whale or a lion. Apple added hundreds of...
homepod mini amazon echo size

$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio

Wednesday December 2, 2020 2:12 pm PST by
Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that's smaller, cuter, and, most importantly, competitively priced. At $99, the HomePod mini can better compete with affordable smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The HomePod mini has been praised for its high-quality sound at its...
ios14compactsiri

Apple Likely Expanding Siri Availability to Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Vietnam, Indonesia and More

Tuesday September 29, 2020 9:28 am PDT by
Apple is hiring Siri Annotation Analysts with fluency in a number of languages that are not currently supported by the voice assistant, suggesting that a major expansion of Siri's availability is in the works. Apple's office in Cork, Ireland is hiring people fluent in Ukrainian, Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, Croatian, Greek, Flemish, Romanian, and as ThinkApple points out, Polish. Apple is also...
iphone search

Speculation Over an Apple Search Engine Resurfaces, But Apple Likely Remains Focused on Siri and Spotlight

Thursday August 27, 2020 8:15 am PDT by
Multiple developers have seen increased activity from Apple's web crawler Applebot in their website logs recently, reigniting speculation that Apple could be planning to launch a full-fledged search engine eventually. However, it's more likely that any possible uptick relates to Apple's efforts to improve Siri and Spotlight search results. Jon Henshaw, founder of digital marketing insights...
ios14compactsiri

Apple Facing $1.4 Billion Lawsuit by Chinese AI Firm in Siri Patent Battle

Monday August 3, 2020 5:21 am PDT by
Apple has been hit with a $1.4 billion lawsuit by a Chinese artificial intelligence company that alleges Apple violated a patent it owns for a virtual assistant similar to Siri, according to a paywalled Wall Street Journal report. Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. said in a statement on Monday it was suing Apple for an estimated 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages in a Shanghai...
ios14compactsiri

European Commission Launches Internet of Things Probe Targeting Siri, Alexa and More

Thursday July 16, 2020 9:39 am PDT by
Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and other voice assistants and connected home products are the target of a new Internet of Things probe the European Commission launched today. The European Commission says that it's aiming to prevent big companies from becoming "gatekeepers" of the Internet of Things through market domination and data collection. The potential is incredible. But we'll only...
siri waveform

Apple Acquires Machine Learning Startup Inductiv to Improve Siri

Thursday May 28, 2020 1:37 am PDT by
Apple has bought Inductiv Inc., a Canada-based machine learning startup, to work on Siri, machine learning and data science, reports Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The engineering team from Waterloo, Ontario-based Inductiv joined Apple in recent weeks to work on Siri, machine learning and data science. Apple confirmed the deal, saying it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we...
siri waveform

Apple Acquired Machine Learning Startup Inductiv for Siri Improvements

Wednesday May 27, 2020 3:35 pm PDT by
Apple recently purchased Ontario-based machine learning startup Inductiv for the purpose of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Apple confirmed the purchase with one of its typical acquisition statements: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Inductiv's engineering team joined Apple after the acquisition to work on ...
ios132newsiriprivacy

Irish Regulators 'in Contact' With Apple Over Siri Quality Control Program

Thursday May 21, 2020 10:55 am PDT by
Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is "in contact" with Apple after a former Apple contractor asked the DPC to investigate Apple's practice of allowing employees to listen to Siri recordings, reports Reuters. The contractor, Thomas Le Bonniec, requested the assistance of the DPC in May and called for greater protection under the EU's privacy laws. DPC Deputy Commissioner Graham...