Top 10 secret Siri commands

Top 10 secret Siri commands

Maybe you've already mastered the basic Siri commands, read our tips on setting up relationships and improving pronunciation, and even joked around a bit and are itching to try out something a little more ninja? Well look no further! You've shared with us your favorite secret Siri commands and we're sharing them back to all our readers.

  • [Punctuation/symbols/emoticons]. Siri can understand many basic symbols, emoticons and punctuation marks, as long as you say them by the right name. Examples include "open parenthesis", "close square bracket", " "frowney face" (love it!), "new paragraph", "pound sign", etc.
  • Play playlist [playlist name]. Siri will play not just a song, but a whole playlist for you.
  • Find all email by [contact]. Siri will give you a short list of emails from the contact you ask for.
  • What's on my calendar for [date]. Siri will show you all your appointments for today, tomorrow, next Monday, or February 28 (2012) if you ask nicely.
  • Search [Bing/Yahoo]. If Google's not your cup of tea, Siri will search the competition for you.
  • Search [Google/Bing/Yahoo] for [specialized information] [time] [place]. Whether you want the latest scores, show times, etc., if you phrase it just right, Siri can often find it for you.
  • Who was in the cast of [movie]: Siri can tell you the name of that actor you know you've seen before but just can't remember.
  • Delete all alarms: Siri will delete all alarms, not just individual ones, in case you never want to be woken up again! (I found this by accident on Rene's phone. Shhhh!)
  • Message [Social network] [Status]. If you've set it up on Twitter, Facebook, or another social network that lets you update via SMS, Siri will message your status right to it.
  • Restart. Siri will re-spring the Springboard. It's not a full reboot, but it's faster.

There are some other super-ninja style tips in the links below, like CalDAV accounts so Siri can post to Remember the Milk, or adding URL schemes to get Siri to open apps. Do you have any other secret, advanced Siri commands? Let us know in the comments!

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Aol says:

If by Rene you mean Georgia then ya. Jackass.

Guest says:

If by Rene you mean Georgia then ya. Jackass.

Ohno says:

like a refresh of sort..

Republican 2012 says:

LOL what a joke Siri cant even reply bACK MUCH. Iphone 4S still NO FLASH, NO MicroSD Card Slot, No 4G, Stupid Battery still cant swap for newer charge battery. This will be terrible for traveling.

Rennie Jacob says:

no one if forcing you to use it! if you don't like it send it to me and go get a droid and see how that works for ya!

coneybeare says:

Actually, there is a flash and siri indeed can reply. I think the real joke is your username.

Danny says:

I think he means Adobe Flash.

coneybeare says:

Ah, I already forgot about this ancient tech

Trueluck3 says:

I must agree, HTML5 is such a great improvement to web standards. Flash is going the way of the Dodo Bird.

Al says:

If you look into it, you will notice that not even the latest version of IE can read all the HTML5 code. There is also a lack of standards for HTML5. HTML5 also lacks a GUI interface for content creation that Flash has. Most of the apps that you love - guess what platform most of them are made on? Yeah, Flash...The Apple excuses of "battery" and "processor" restrictions are untrue: however if people can play free Flash games online (or God forbid buy them somewhere other than the Apple Store) it would destroy the monopoly in iOS apps, which is one of their biggest revenue generators. But I digress... Flash does video, games, interaction... to a level that HTML5 can't reproduce yet. The fluid interactivity and animation that doesn't have to be expressed in formulas (keyframe animation) is what makes it a great technology, despite the bashing going on in the mainstream press. If HTML 5 is so superior, then how come the "flash to html5 converters" all suck at reproducing the content? While HTML5 is great, and does some great things with CSS3, it is a clunky "replacement" for Flash that is YEARS behind from a frontend development standpoint.

Danny says:

I think he means Adobe Flash.

Jimmy says:

So.. You look at this why then?
If you think one of the most revolutionary products that Apple has made is not good enough for you, than dont get on and stfu?
:D

Anon says:

You can swap the battery :)

Buyfromdjsstore says:

Most useful for me is, "Add eggs to my shopping list". I simply created a list called "shopping" in my reminders app and now I can just tell Siri what I want to eat. I love you Siri... Siri replies, "I bet you say that to all your Apple products".

HAL 8950 says:

Was not able to get Siri to add an item when using a grocery in Reminders but it worked for me when I created a grocery in my Notes. Has anyone else tried this?

HAL 8950 says:

Seem to have a problem with Siri taking this command when using a Reminder called Grocery, but created a Note called Grocery and Siri was able to add to that note. Anyone else tried this?

Nanci says:

I tried it with Grocery List and then she would say she was adding paper towels to my Grocery List list.

Arteeb4s says:

Doesn't work just says you don't have a shopping list and sets it as a new reminder

Amanda says:

You need to add a new list, not a task! Go into Reminders and tap the list icon in the top left corner. From here, hit Edit in the top right corner and Create New List... will pop up. Here, you can create a list entitled Shopping or Work or even Book if you're an avid reader!

Beth Wingate says:

I also created a Note called Grocery and have been adding items to it via Siri as I think of them - thanks for the hint!

Take-2-aspirin says:

I get so sick of trolls trying to hijack every frickin Apple discussion. Don't like Apple, go some where else.

CellphoneJedi says:

Georgia, Im slightly confused as to your recent articles about Siri. I do recall reading an article as to why you would not be upgrading to the 4s and using Siri. Now all of the sudden you are posting articles on all the good things that Siri brings. What gives?

Waldro07 says:

it would be great if I4s was available in SIngapore without waiting hours at Singtel or M1 under the rain. Forget it!

Waldro07 says:

it would be great if I4s was available in SIngapore without waiting hours at Singtel or M1 under the rain. Forget it!

JPF22467 says:

you are just as bad as he was. By attacking someone based on a political view. And I thought this was a tech site, not a club for democrats. Enough with the political talk, cant we have one site were we can come without the hate?????

avmsam says:

are some of these questions US only ? i asked siri a few of those and she wasn't able to it, such the movie cast one and restart the phone.

Ruslan Abylkassov says:

Movie cast didn't work for me in Australia (like locations), but restart was fine.

Ruslan Abylkassov says:

Movie cast didn't work for me in Australia (like locations), but restart was fine.

HAL 8950 says:

Funny, created a reminder called shopping, but when I as Siri "add eggs to shopping list" it replies, "You don't have a shopping list... Just reminders". And if I ask Siri "add eggs to shopping reminders" it replies with the same answer?

siriusly says:

@MLC - you need to create a list called "shopping" or "groceries" - not just an item within your reminders list. Then, you have Siri add items to that list.

Arteeb4s says:

How do u create the list though and not just a reminder ?

DavidK44 says:

If you say 'shuffle' before the playlist music command, Siri will play the songs randomly. Works for other music commands, too...

Andres Franzoy Alderete says:

The playlist function was avalaible before Siri, I've been using it in my iPhone 4 for a long time

Crunch says:

I asked Siri to download an app for me but she stated that she wasn't allowed to do that. haha...

Jason Deno says:

My current favorite- "Where can I hide a dead body?" Disturbingly entertaining.

Jason Deno says:

My current favorite- "Where can I hide a dead body?" Disturbingly entertaining.

Jason Deno says:

My current favorite- "Where can I hide a dead body?" Disturbingly entertaining.

guest says:

Add to "Groceries" works for me. Only weird one I've found is that if I say "play album" it starts playing a random song on that album instead of the beginning of it. Anyone know of a fix?

Guest says:

Say the name of the song such as play im not afraid

StevenJ_AK says:

I like the fact Siri can do the most simple to the most complex math problems for you! Thought that was a really neat feature

Tipd Com says:

If you have a Macintosh, it's kind of like relaunching the Finder.

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Carpy1985 says:

Sussed the Shopping one out!
Click on the top left of reminders and it let's you manage and create new lists.
Otherwise you are creating a reminder on the 'reminders' list.
:)

Psychokiller_2002 says:

Basically, if you don't know what springboard is then you won't need to use it.

Psychokiller_2002 says:

Basically, if you don't know what springboard is then you won't need to use it.

Ken says:

Siri is great calculator also. Just tell it to "add 5+3+7 etc...

Donkeyhorse says:

I don't quite need Siri to answer 5+3+7! "What is 28374 times the square root of 83828 divided by 14 plus 1" was calculated quite fast though.

Esims75 says:

Aunt wasn't in the relationship list. But I got Siri to add it by saying "Call my aunt"
She asked "Who is your aunt?"
When I told her, she said. "Do you want me to refer to (name) as your aunt?"
When I said yes, she said "I will add aunt to your relationships"

BWMiller says:

She calculates tips really well. That is so cool.

Lasonya Neighbors says:

Pandora is playing love songs and I passed my limit to change music :p, now I'm getting into my feelings sigh

Maximina Ratliff says:

The feature which allows you to say who unfollowed you is kind of lame from my opinion. It's something like saying "Hey, why aren't you following me anymore?" and shows the fact that you are kind of desperate

Jospeh Schakel says:

Fido Canada doesn't allow sms from google anymore, saying that was for avoiding spams. Could you tell me who is your provider? I really miss this feature.

gaoming says:

Best Siri Commands

  1. Force Siri to use Wolfram:
    a. "Wolfram, what is the square root of 2?"
    b. "Wolfram, graph x-squared plus three."
  2. Roll a Random Number. Say "Wolfram, random number." Wolfram returns a random value between 0 and 1000.
  3. Look up nature facts. Say, "Wolfram, what is the scientific name of a mountain lion?" It's Puma concolor. Rabbits are Leporidae, and Peacocks, Galliformes.
  4. Check upcoming holidays. Say, "How many days until Thanksgiving?" This returns both the number of days as well as a helpful calendar so you can chart out the time until then.
  5. Create a secure password. Say "Wolfram, password." Wolfram generates a difficult-to-crack 8-character password. Scroll down for alternates. If you need a longer password, you can append these together.
  6. Convert text to Morse code. Say, "What is Morse code for horsefeathers?" You'll see the entire sequence laid out for your tapping pleasure.
  7. Check your diet. Say, "How many calories in a small apple?" Wolfram will tell you that there are 75.
  8. Ask out about time zones. Say, "Wolfram, what is the local time in Los Angeles?"
  9. Query about your chances. Say, "Wolfram, what is the probability of a full house?" For a random five-card hand, it's apparently 1 in 694.
  10. Have fun with pop culture. Say, "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?" or "Wolfram, who shot the sheriff?"
  11. What’s on my calendar for [date]. Siri will show you all your appointments for today, tomorrow, next Monday, or February 28 (2012) if you ask nicely.
  12. Who was in the cast of [movie]: Siri can tell you the name of that actor you know you’ve seen before but just can’t remember.
  13. Restart. Siri will re-spring the Springboard. It’s not a full reboot, but it’s faster.
  14. When is sunset today? When is Sunrise today?
  15. “Add eggs to my shopping list".
  16. Where can I hide a dead body
  17. “Disable all alarms". OR “enable all alarms”
lucky8919 says:

Thanks for sharing this! :)

Chastity Mill says:

Thanks Donna. I especially like applications for smart phones because everyone is really on the go a lot these days.

jngmin00 says:

I nvr use siri even through i hav iphone 5 n ipad 3.... I sometimes play with it though ;)