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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Top 10 secret Siri commands

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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.

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.

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

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".

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?

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?

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

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!

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!

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?

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

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

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?????

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.

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?

@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.

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

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

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?

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

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.
:)

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.
:)

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.
:)

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.
:)

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.
:)

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.
:)

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.
:)

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.
:)

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.
:)

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.

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"

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

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.

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”