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groovyTip: Shout “Hey, Siri! Where Are You?” to Find Your iPhone

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In my household, “Where’s my phone?” is the most frequently asked question. In fact, my wife had it written into our wedding vows that I would help her find her iPhone whenever she misplaced it (not really).

Sometimes, finding her phone is easy, like the one time I just looked at her and said, “It’s in your hand.” Other times, it’s harder, like when we used iCloud Find My iPhone and I found it in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, face down, inches away from the tires of an SUV. Also, it was raining. The phone still worked and continued to work until I dropped it into the bath tub several months later.

You’re probably wondering: “Why do these highly irresponsible people even deserve to have iPhones?”

And I’ll tell you why… I don’t know why. But rest assured that I’m not the only one who can’t take care of an iPhone 4.

Anyway, while I’m happy to report that we’ve broken far fewer iPhones in recent history (thanks, Otterbox!), my wife’s iPhone still consistently disappears from sight whenever she takes her eyes off of it for a second. I’m starting to believe that it moves under its own volition, leaping from beside her and then tucking and rolling beneath the couch before it can be abandoned in a dark, cold Dunkin Donuts parking lot again. It’s how many a frantic “Find Mommy’s phone!” game starts 5 minutes after we should’ve left for school.

Playing a sound through Find My iPhone is still the best way to find a missing phone, but ain’t no one got time to log in to iCloud in order to do that.

So, instead, we’ve been using this trick to help us track down the missing phone.

We wander around the house yelling, “Hey, Siri! Where are you?

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In addition to sounding like crazy people calling our phone like it was a dog, the method sometimes works. If your iPhone is in range and you listen carefully, you might hear a muffled, “I’m right here,” emerge from a kid’s sock drawer (sentient ninja iPhone, I’m telling you).

You can also try shouting, “Hey, Siri! Set a timer for 10 seconds!” to create a more persistent homing beacon.

This will only work if you have an iPhone 6S or later, since “Hey, Siri” won’t work on earlier models unless the phone is plugged in.

So, there’s my lifehack for this Friday. I’d call it a “life pro tip,” but honestly, if you are losing your phone as often as we do in my house, then I think you’re obviously a life amateur. Maybe a life hobbyist at best.

Are you better at life than me? Tell me your tech tips that help you achieve that in the comments below.

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5 Responses to groovyTip: Shout “Hey, Siri! Where Are You?” to Find Your iPhone

  1. Steve Krause July 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    For the record… my iPhone obviously had manufacturing defects being that I only dropped it a few feet above hard tile. It should not have shattered.

    Disclaimer: There is no hard science to my comment. More than likely, it was, in fact, user error…..

  2. Mike July 22, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    OK, maybe I am stupid. I have an iPhone 6+ with just loaded IOS 10.3.3. Your “life hack does not work. I believe you forgot to tell us how to set it up to respond to the “Hey, Siri! Where are you?”

  3. Feyd July 22, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    According to my iPhone 6 manual, Siri will only respond to voice-only commands when the phone’s plugged into a charger. Otherwise, you have to press the Home button first. Is there something we can change in the Settings so we can use this hack? I’d love to be able to find my phone by calling to it.

  4. Peter July 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    Although you may have to turn it on in settings, it will only work if the phone is plugged into power. Settings, SIRI, turn on Hey Siri.

  5. TL July 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    This hack will only work if you have the iPhone 6S or later. iPhone versions prior to that, like the first iPhone 6, will only allow “Hey Siri” if the phone is plugged into a charger. Inconvenient and mostly not useful, so I don’t know what the point of that even was… :-/

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