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How to Use Siri on iPhone 13

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Are you ready to make the most of the virtual assistant in your pocket? Here’s how to use Siri on an iPhone 13.

Devices like an Amazon Echo or Apple HomePod make for the perfect smart home companion, but only if you’re near them.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use one wherever you are? If you’re an iPhone user, you have your very own voice assistant built into your smartphone.

Siri is packed with features and it can do a lot more than you may think. If you’re not already using Siri, it’s time to start. Here’s how to use Siri on an iPhone 13.

How to Set Up Siri on iPhone 13

There are a few different ways that you can use Siri on the iPhone 13. In order to use them, you’ll need to be sure that you have the right settings on your iPhone.

To set up Siri on iPhone 13:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Siri & Search.
    iphone siri and search menu
  3. If you want to activate Siri with your voice, ensure that Listen for “Hey Siri” is turned on.
    iphone listen for hey siri
  4. To activate Siri with the side button, ensure that Press Side Button for Siri is turned on.
    iphone press side button for siri
  5. If you want to use Siri when your iPhone is locked, make sure that Allow Siri When Locked is turned on. You’ll need to enter your passcode to turn on this setting.
    iphone use siri when locked

How to Use Siri With the Side Button on iPhone 13

If you’ve turned on this setting, then you can activate Siri using the button on the right-hand side of your iPhone 13. This is the same button that you use to lock your iPhone.

To use Siri with the side button on iPhone 13:

  1. Press and hold the side button.
  2. You’ll see Siri appear at the bottom of your screen.
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  3. Ask Siri a question or give her a command. See the section below for some examples of what you can ask Siri.
  4. To ask another question, tap on the Siri icon.
    iphone siri icon

How to Use Siri With Voice on iPhone 13

If you have turned on Listen for “Hey Siri” you can activate Siri without even touching your iPhone.

To use Siri with your voice:

  1. Say “Hey Siri” followed by the question you want to ask.
  2. To ask another question, say “Hey Siri” again, or tap the Siri icon on your iPhone.
  3. If you want to stop your iPhone from listening for “Hey Siri” turn it face down, or turn off Listen for “Hey Siri” in the settings.

How to Type to Siri on iPhone 13

If you’d rather use Siri without speaking out loud, it’s possible to change the settings so that you can type your queries rather than say them out loud. You’ll need to do this through the accessibility settings.

To type to Siri on iPhone 13:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
    iphone accessibility menu
  3. Tap Siri.
    iphone siri menu
  4. Turn on Type to Siri.
    iphone type to siri
  5. Press and hold the side button and a text field will appear.
    iphone siri typing field
  6. Type your query or command.
    iphone typed siri query
  7. Tap on Type to Siri to ask another question.
    iphone type to siri button

Fun and Useful Siri Commands You Should Try

Siri has become more useful with every version of iOS. Here are some of the fun or useful things you can ask her:

  • “Call Alan”
  • “Send a WhatsApp to Steve saying…”
  • “Read my last email”
  • “Remind me to lock the door when I leave”
  • “Get directions home”
  • “Set a timer for five minutes”
  • “Turn on the living room lights”
  • “Show me the baseball scores”
  • “Play White Christmas by Bing Crosby”
  • “Take a selfie”
  • “Turn up the brightness”
  • “Lumos”

Let us know in the comments section if you have any other commands you’d recommend!

Get More Out of Siri With Siri Shortcuts

Knowing how to use Siri on iPhone 13 is just the beginning. Once you’ve mastered the basic commands, you can start to build your own.

Siri Shortcuts allow you to create a specific task or action set that you can activate with your voice. You can set up Siri Shortcuts to control Spotify, use Siri Shortcuts for photography, or control Apple Music using Siri Shortcuts.

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