Siri; it’s a name you’ve probably heard before, even if you’re not an iPhone user.
The digitized voice that almost seems to live in modern-day iPhones, Siri is designed for the purpose of helping smartphone users with various tasks. Do you want to know where the nearest Chinese food place is? Siri will be able to locate it. Are you hazy on the exact day Halloween falls on? Siri has you covered. To say the least, she’s a capable feature that Apple has been able to integrate into its devices. Unfortunately, those who aren’t tech-savvy may find themselves struggling to utilize her services.
In order to better understand how to use Siri, for easier endeavors related to your iPhone, here are 4 tips you would be wise to focus on.
Don’t speak so disjointedly
Either you’ve engaged in this or you know someone who has. In terms of the latter, you’ve probably seen a new iPhone user communicate to Siri slowly, as each syllable is drawn out for the utmost clarity. The problem with this, though, is that it unnecessarily wastes time. Siri is smart enough to decipher what you’re trying to get across, regardless of your accent, pronunciation, or any other quirks associated with your overall language. If you speak as you normally would, to Siri, you’ll receive the desired results.
Let Siri load hard-to-find apps
If you’re anything like me, you have more than your fair share of apps on your phone. Even though some of them will be used more than others, you haven’t taken the effort to get rid of them. As a result, if you want to load up a particular app, you may find it troubling to sift through various icons. This is where Siri can come into play. With a simple command, Siri can fire up the app of your choice without you having to pinpoint exactly where it is. When there is too much clutter, it’s clear that Siri can lend the assist.
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Allow Siri to remember relationships
This step may vary from person to person, depending on the connections they have. However, think about the people you interact with the most. When you’re texting, do you find yourself constantly messaging your brother, sister, or significant other? For easier iPhone usage, Siri can remember specific relationships for the future. To illustrate this point, if your sister’s name is Sandra, you do not necessarily have to tell Siri, “Text Sandra,” before relaying your message. Instead, you can tell Siri to remember your connection to this individual so that you can preface the aforementioned message with, “Text my sister.” While it may be a small perk, to some, it’s an interesting one all the same.
Trust Siri with social media interaction
Those who are new to Siri may be surprised to know that she can help you on the social media side of things; any Internet marketing firm can attest to this. Specifically, she can post updates to both your Facebook and Twitter profiles, allowing you to create messages that Siri can go on to post to your accounts. A strong perk to take into consideration is Siri’s understanding of hashtags, which means that you’ll have the basic capabilities of Twitter covered by Siri herself. Keep in mind that you can edit these messages before they’re sent out, so don’t fret if you see a mistake in a pending message.
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