How to view, create, and update notes using Siri

Complete guide to Siri commands for notes and memo taking

Being a virtual personal assistant, of course Siri can take a note! In fact, Siri can not only take a note, but update them as well. If you need something that's more permanent than a reminder, something more like an idea you don't want to forget, or a draft you want to get down while you're driving, Siri and the Notes app are the perfect combination.

How to view a note with Siri

You can use to find notes store in the Notes app. Siri can either list all your notes, or you can ask Siri to search based on date or keywords in the contents of the note.

  • Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  • Tell Siri to show you your notes. For example: "Show all my notes", "Show my notes from today", or "Show notes about iPad".
  • Tap the note you want from the list Siri provides, and Siri will open the note for you in the Notes app.

How to take a note with Siri

If all you want to do is quickly jot down an idea, memo, draft, or just a long string of text, Siri can do that for you.

  • Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  • Tell Siri to take a note: Literally: "Take a note".
  • Dictate the the text you want added. For example: "I'm staying in room 342" or "In the final scene, I should make sure Batman is treated like the world's greatest detective, and not some moron who falls for every idiot plan in the movie."

If you want to keep adding to the same note, and you haven't done anything else with Siri since creating the note, just say "Add" followed by what you want to add.

How to update a note with Siri

Siri can also update older notes. This comes in handy if you have separate notes for separate types of material, or if an idea occurs to you long after you dictated the original note.

  • Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  • Tell Siri you want to update a note. For example: "Update last note" or "update note".
  • Choose the note you want to update from the list Siri provides.
  • Dictate the text you want added to the note.

How to get more help with Siri

If you still need help with setting up or using Siri with your iPhone Calendar, or 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, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 5 comments. Add yours.

Camfella says:

I found an app that syncs your notes to Evernote. Create a note with Siri and it will also show up in Evernote.

SockRolid says:


(Nil Bleu means "Blue Nile," which means it must be an Ethiopian restaurant, n'est-ce pas?)

keneo says:

thx Renee,

I much prefer a video tutorial.

nice job

NEFF4G says:

I'm going to dictate the batman comment right now. Classic