How to search Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and Wolfram|Alpha using Siri

Complete guide to Siri commands for searching the web with Google and information with Wolfram|Alpha

If you need information, chances are Siri can help you find it. Apple currently enables Siri to search Google (or Yahoo! or Bing) for general information, and Wolfram|Alpha for computational knowledge. You can use Siri to find anything you would normally type into a web search box, only there's no typing needed. Just ask, and you'll get back everything from the latest celebrity gossip to the answers to that nagging math questions to a listing of the best free apps for your iPhone.

How to search the web with Siri

Siri can search the web using whichever search engine you've set as default in Settings, under Safari. Unless you've changed it, that's Google. Yahoo! or Microsoft's Bing are the other options.

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. Tell Siri what you want to search for. For example, "Search for the best free iPhone apps" or "search the web from pasta recipes".

How to check alternate search engines with Siri

If you don't want to change your default search engine, but still want to check a different search engine, Siri can do that too.

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. Tell Siri what you want to search for, and which search engine you want to use. For example, "Search Yahoo! for iMore" or "Search Bing for guitars".

How to query Wolfram|Alpha with Siri

Siri also has Wolfram|Alpha built right in. That means Siri can help you get answers to everything from basic equations to more advanced computations.

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. Tell Siri what you want to know. For example, "What is the square root of 8?" or "What is the value of pi?"

How to get more help with Siri

If you still need help searching for information with Siri, or using any other Siri feature, head on over to our Siri Forum and ask away!

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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