We’ve shown you many of the great and legitimately useful things you can do with Siri, but there is much more to the intelligent voice assistant than meets the eye. Sure you can wing it to find out what Siri can do, but a better solution is to ask Siri directly… and it’ll tell you!
Summon Siri and tap the (i) button to bring up the commands list
OR: Summon Siri and ask “What can you do?”
Either option will bring up an interactive commands list broken into categories, the initial list of Siri examples include a command alongside the category/topic it pertains to:
Call (Name) – Phone
Launch Photos – App Launching
Tell (Name) I’ll be right there – Messages
Set up a meeting at 9 – Calendar
Did the Giants win? – Sports
Give me directions home – Maps
Tweet with my location – Twitter
Post to Facebook – Facebook
Table for four in Palo Alto – Restaurants
What movies are playing? – Movies
Play Norah Jones – Music
Remind me to call mom – Reminders
Email Emily about the trip – Email
What’s the weather today?- Weather
What is Apple’s stock price? – Stocks
Wake me up tomorrow at 7AM – Clock
What is Emily’s address? – Contacts
Note that I spent $12 on lunch – Notes
Where’s Brian? – Find My Friends
Define mitosis – WolframAlpha (for the tough questions)
Notice there’s an arrow alongside each of these entries, and every one of them can be tapped on to see even more specific example Siri commands related to the initial topic.
It’s important to note these are not the only commands you can give Siri, they’re just examples which give you a better idea of the guidelines and frameworks for which Siri works and responds to requests. Look through them and try them out.
Also, when interacting with many of these Siri commands, you can use virtually all of the separate Dictation commands from elsewhere in iOS and OS X to help things along, whether it’s writing out emails, formatting notes, changing punctuation, or whatever else you want done.
Huge List of Siri Commands
If you’d rather see a gigantic list, a while back TUAW took the time to type up many of the commands found in Siri’s example list. It’s pretty extensive, though t’s a bit dated since it’s from the release of iPhone 4S and therefore won’t include newer abilities that pertains to Maps and things like buying movie tickets and finding wi-fi. Nonetheless, it’s a useful list to browse through if you don’t want to navigate through Siri’s menus.
What’s Michael’s address?
What is Susan Park’s phone number?
When is my wife’s birthday?
Show Jennifer’s home email address
Show Jason Russell
Find people named Park
Who is Michael Manning?
My mom is Susan Park
Michael Manning is my brother
Call my brother at work
Set up a meeting at 9
Set up a meeting with Michael at 9
Meet with Lisa at noon
Set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9am
New appointment with Susan Park Friday at 3
Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom
Move my 3pm meeting to 4:30
Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Manning to next Monday at 9am
Add Lisa to my meeting with Jason
Cancel the budget review meeting
Asking about events
What does the rest of my day look like?
What’s on my calendar for Friday?
When is my next appointment?
When am I meeting with Michael?
Where is my next meeting?
Wake me up tomorrow at 7am
Set an alarm for 6:30am
Wake me up in 8 hours
Change my 6:30 alarm to 6:45
Turn off my 6:30 alarm
Delete my 7:30 alarm
Checking the Clock
What time is it?
What time is it in Berlin?
What is today’s date?
What’s the date this Saturday?
Using a Timer
Set the timer for ten minutes
Show the timer
Pause the timer
Reset the timer
Email Lisa about the trip
Email Jennifer about the change in plans
New email to Susan Park
Mail Dad about the rent check
Email Dr. Manning and say I got the forms, thanks
Mail Lisa and Jason about the party and say I had a great time
Any new email from Michael today?
Show new mail about the lease
Show the email from Lisa yesterday
Responding to Messages
Reply Dear Susan sorry about the late payment
Call him at work
Checking Up on Friends
Where is my sister?
Is my wife at home?
Where are all my friends?
Who is here?
Who is near me?
How do I get home?
Show 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino California
Directions to my dad’s work
Find coffee near me
Where is Starbucks?
Find some burger joints in Baltimore
Find a gas station within walking distance
Good Mexican restaurants around here
Tell Susan I’ll be right there
Send a message to Jason Russell
Send a message to Lisa saying how about tomorrow
Tell Jennifer the show was great
Send a message to Susan on her mobile saying I’ll be late
Send a message to 408 555 1212
Text Jason and Lisa where are you?
Read my new messages
Read it again
Replying to Texts
Reply that’s great news
Tell him I’ll be there in 10 minutes
Play The Light of the Sun
Play Taking Back Sunday shuffled
Play Alicia Keys
Play some blues
Play my party mix
Shuffle my roadtrip playlist
Creating and finding notes
Note that I spent $12 on lunch
Note: check out that new Alicia Keys album
Find my restaurant note
Create a reading list note
Add Tom Sawyer to my reading list note
Call Jennifer Wright mobile
Call Susan on her work phone
Call 408 555 1212
Remind me to call mom
Remind me to call my mom when I get home
Remember to take an umbrella
Remind me take my medicine at 6am tomorrow
Remind me to pick up flowers when I leave here
Remind me when I leave to call Jason
Remind me to finish the report by 6
What’s Apple’s stock price?
What is Apple’s PE ratio?
What did Yahoo close at today?
How is the Nikkei doing?
How are the markets doing?
What is the Dow at?
Checking the Forecast
What’s the weather for today?
What’s the weather for tomorrow?
Will it rain in Cupertino this week?
Check next week’s forecast for Burlington
What’s the forecast for this evening?
How’s the weather in Tampa right now?
How hot will it be in Palm Springs this weekend?
What’s the high for Anchorage on Thursday?
What’s the temperature outside?
How windy is it out there?
When is sunrise in Paris?
Looking up information
Search the web for Bora Bora
Search for vegetarian pasta recipes
Search the web for best cable plans
Google the war of 1812
Search Wikipedia for Abraham Lincoln
Search for news about the World Cup
Bing Alicia Keys
Using Wolfram Alpha
How many calories in a bagel?
What is an 18% tip on $86.74 for four people?
Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?
How long do dogs live?
What is the Gossamer Condor?
What’s the square root of 128?
How many dollars is €45?
What was the Best Picture of 1983?
How many days until Christmas?
How far away is the Sun?
When is the next solar eclipse?
Show me the Orion constellation
What’s the population of Jamaica?
How high is Mt. Everest?
How deep is the Atlantic ocean?
What’s the price of gasoline in Chicago?
Check out more Siri tips, and don’t forget tips for Dictation too, which isn’t interactive but translates your spoken words into text and is available in iOS and Mac OS X too.