How to launch apps using Siri

How to launch apps using Siri

Instead of scouring your iPhone or iPad Home screen to launch an app, or even worse yet, digging through folders, for that app you know you downloaded but just can't find, just ask Siri to launch it instead! As long as you know the name, there's no need to search for apps anymore.

How to launch App Store apps using Siri

  1. Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to activate Siri.
  2. Say something like "Launch Facebook." or "Launch the iMore app."
  3. If your iPhone isn't already unlocked and you have a passcode, Siri will ask you to enter your password.
  4. Siri should automatically launch the app you asked for. If more than one app matches what you asked, Siri will ask you to confirm which one you meant.

That's it! While Siri may not be able to understand commands like "Check me in on Foursquare." just yet, launching apps is another convenience thing that comes in handy when your hands are tied up or when you just can't find something. What apps do you have that you wish Siri could hook into even further? Let me know in the comments!

Note: Originally published, October 2012. Updated, July 2014.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to launch apps using Siri


Yes. Not everyone has your superior intelligence :)

You would be surprised the number of people that use about 10% of what their smartphone can actually do.

I confess that I had heard that you could launch FaceBook via Siri and that later on other apps would do the same. It is a great way to launch an app and I am glad to find this out.

Anyone have a solution to launch the app Waze? It's the one I can't get to work this way. Tried pronouncing it "ways" and "way ze" but no go.

It also works if you just say the name of the app. Like "Pandora". Works great to get the music going in my car via Bluetooth!

Ok, but how about the Facebook app itself? Do I need to spell it out? Or must I make the manual (second) selection every time?

It also works if you know where your apps are on your phone because its probably fast then waiting for Siri to launch it for you. Just speaking the truth!