How to launch apps using Siri

Thanks to SiriKit, developers can add Siri integration into their apps. So, instead of having to ask Siri to launch an app, you can ask Siri to perform a task, like send money to a friend or show you pictures of cats in Pinterest. Only certain app support Siri integration and the feature is limited to ride booking, messaging, photos and videos, payment apps, VoIP calling, and workouts. But, don't worry, you can still ask Siri to launch any app on your iPhone or iPad.

How to enable app support for Siri

Before you can use Siri to book you a car, send money to a friend, or show you pictures of cats on Pinterest, you'll have to enable access to your information. When you use apps with Siri, information like your contacts is sent to Apple to process the request.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Siri

    Opening Siri settings

  3. Tap App Support.
  4. Tap the switch to allow access for the apps you want to Siri to support.

    Enabling app support for Siri

How to use apps with Siri

Apps that support Siri integration will offer different features, like sending money to someone using Square Cash or calling for a ride using Uber.

  1. Press and hold the Home button or say "Hey, Siri" to activate Siri.
  2. Say something like, "Send Rene fifty dollars."

    Siri will ask you to confirm that you want to use the app to complete the request.

  3. Tap Yes to confirm or No to cancel.

    Ask Siri to perform a task in a third-party app

You can also use Siri to launch apps that don't support Siri integration. Just say, "Launch [X] app."

Note: Allyson Kazmucha contributed to an earlier version of this article.

Originally published October 2012.

Updated July 2014 to reflect changes in iOS 7.

Updated September 2016 to reflect changes in iOS 10.