Is Siri not always listening when you want it to? Here are a few of my favorite tips.

There's a lot to love about Siri on the Apple Watch: The microphone is defter at parsing what you're saying, your virtual assistant can process a number of tasks, and your watch is often more convenient for dictated tasks than your iPhone.

There are two normal ways to trigger Siri on your Apple Watch: On screen wake, say "Hey Siri" followed by your command, or press in the Digital Crown until you feel the haptic buzz, then dictate your question. Unfortunately, thanks to room noise and other external factors, Siri doesn't always trigger reliably on the watch. Here are two tips I've found for getting Siri to work more reliably—and not cut you off mid-sentence.

1. Force Siri to listen by keeping the Digital Crown pressed down

This trick completely changed my Siri usage for the better: Instead of releasing the Digital Crown when you feel the buzz, keep it pressed down while you speak. This forces Siri to listen to you, even if you pause while talking. (This also hugely helps if you're in a loud room where Siri's auto-complete programming may glitch because of the outside noise.)

2. Make "Hey Siri" work more reliably with screen taps

To save battery, the Apple Watch only listens for the "Hey Siri" on screen wake. Unfortunately, that can make "Hey Siri" a little frustrating if you have your screen configured to wake on wrist raise and don't get the phrase out quickly enough. Instead, you can reset the process by briefly putting your palm over the screen to turn it off, then re-raising your wrist (or pressing on the display) to wake it, followed by "Hey Siri."

Bonus tip: Wear your Watch with the microphone facing out

Having trouble getting Siri to understand you? You may want to try Craig Hockenberry's "Reverse Crown" orientation with your Apple Watch. This keeps the watch on your left wrist, but flips the digital crown to the lower left side. It also moves the microphone and speaker to the right side, getting them closer to your voice when you raise your wrist. (In colder climates, this also frees the speaker from being buried under layers of clothing.)


Any questions about these Siri tips? Found one that works even better? Let us know in the comments.