Daily tip: How to use Voice Control on your iPhone
Curious how to use your voice to dial or control your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS? Apple has built Voice Control right into the phone and while it's still limited in functionality, it's very easy to use. We'll show you how after the break.
To activate Voice Control on your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS just press and hold the Home Button (or the middle button on your headphones or Bluetooth headset if you're using any). When you you hear a beep and the Voice Control UI appears on the screen, speak your command. Available commands include:
- Dial [Number]
- Dial [Contact Name] [Work, Home, Mobile, iPhone, etc.]
- Call [Contact Name] [Work, Home, Mobile, iPhone, etc.]
FaceTime [Contact Name] [Work, Home, Mobile, iPhone, etc.] (iPhone 4 only)
- Play Playlist [Playlist Name]
- Play Album [Album Name]
- Play Artist [Artist Name]
- Next Song/Track
- Previous Song/Track
- Genius/Play More Songs Like This
What's Currently Playing? What Song Is This? Who's Singing This?
What Time Is It?
So, for example, you could say:
- Call mom, home
- Dial Steve Jobs, mobile
- Play music, the Beatles
If you've made a mistake and the iPhone has recognised it wrong, it will ask you to clarify.
Call Steven Jobs, Home
Call Steven Jobs, Mobile, work, or Home?
You can say "No, Not That One, Wrong" or anything else of that nature that feels natural, and it will go back.
Bonus tip: The music and miscellaneous commands (everything that doesn't involve a phone call) also works on the 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch. (Though strangely not the iPad...?)
Voice Control works no matter where you are in the iPhone, Home Screen or app, and even when you're iPhone is locked. Now just imagine if Apple adds system wide, Siri-powered Voice Control throughout iOS 5...!
I hope this helped you guys with the Voice Control feature on your device in case you didn't know what the controls were. Test it out now, by just holding the home button and if you have any questions, let me know in comments.
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