Setting up “Hey Siri!” June 02 2016, 0 Comments

During the initial setup of your iPhone or iPad, you will be asked whether you would like to use “Hey Siri!” voice activation, and if you do so, you will be directed through a setup process. If you’re like me, however, you don’t want to waste a lot of time during the setup process and prefer to do things later on when you’re comfortable. This guide is meant for those who skipped the initial process and wish to use the service.

Turning on the “Hey Siri!” service

  1. Go to your device settings
  2. Select ‘General’
  3. Tap on ‘Siri’
  4. Turn on Siri first if you had it turned off
  5. Once it’s on, a new ‘Allow “Hey Siri” option will be right below; turn that on too
  6. Now you have the service turned on

Training Siri to your voice

Your device will now respond to any voice that it perceives to be saying the magic words “Hey Siri”, but you probably don’t want that. Without training Siri to recognize your voice, you might not enjoy the service that much, and that is the reason most people used to turn off the feature. To remedy that, it is possible for Siri to respond only to your voice through the following steps:

  1. Press and hold the home button to bring up Siri
  2. There should be a prompt at the bottom of the screen for setting up “Hey Siri”; select it
  3. You will be led to several prompts asking you to say “Hey Siri” into the microphone as well as other phrases
  4. Once the process is complete, tap on ‘Done’

Using “Hey Siri”

The idea behind “Hey Siri” is to allow you to speak commands without having to press the home button, effectively making Siri a hands free service. However, the service requires that your device be plugged in to a power port for earlier iPhone and iPad models. In fact, only the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro can use the service unplugged. Nevertheless, the process is quite straightforward – speak loud enough so your voice is audible by the iPhone and dictate your commands.

How well does it work?

That’s the big question, I suppose, and the truth is that it performs really well. Of course, it’s not perfect, but it’s also not meant for security but rather to help you while your hands are working on something else.