It’s easy to miss updates Siri got with iOS 16Especially if you’re not an avid Siri user. Even if you use Apple’s virtual assistant every day, you might be surprised at all the cool new things it can help you do right now.
Siri is designed to let you communicate with your iPhone and other devices that support it as effortlessly as possible. This often means interacting with your iPhone hands-free using Hey Siri, but that’s not all Siri has to offer. becomes the virtual assistant Smarter With each new iteration, it provides you with several tools to navigate your iPhone and get the most out of it.
Keep reading to see all the new things you can do with Siri on iOS 16.0 and later.
In iOS 16, Siri can launch preset shortcuts from your installed apps without additional setup. This is possible due to the new App Intents API, which allows developers to create built-in, ready-to-use shortcuts for their apps. Instead of creating your own shortcuts for common tasks in a abbreviations application, they are ready to use for you.
Not all apps include ready-to-use shortcuts, but you can see a list of all of them in the Application Shortcuts section of the Shortcuts app. To use it, summon Siri, then speak the app shortcut’s address. Some abbreviations may support synonyms, so you may not have to use the exact phrase to run the command. You can also launch it from Shortcuts or Spotlight.
Siri can be very useful, but users often don’t know all the ways they can use it. In iOS 16, if you launch Siri from the side button or the Home button, Hey Siri, or type to Siri, “What can I do here?” It will help you see what is possible.
When you’re in an app that supports App Shortcuts (see above), it will list available preset shortcuts, but you can also ask something like, “What can I do with [App Name]. If there are few or no supported Siri actions for a particular app, Siri will suggest other things you can use Siri for, like turning on the flashlight.
Siri assistance is available for iPhones equipped with the A12 Bionic chip or later. Works in multiple languages, including Cantonese (Hong Kong), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, US), French (France), German (Germany), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, US) .
You can now use Siri in files Enter emoji characters in messages and notes by saying the emoji’s name followed by the word ’emoji’. For example, you can say “smiley face emoji,” “cat emoji,” and “heart emoji,” respectively, and Siri will convert each into its associated emoji. Prior to iOS 16, Siri would explain words instead.
This works with any Apple or third-party app that allows Siri to add or post text, such as Mail, Messages, Notes, Reminders, and WhatsApp. You can also add emojis using the dictation tool in applications.
Text-to-emoji with Siri is available for iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip or later. Works in multiple languages, including Cantonese (Hong Kong), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, US), French (France), German (Germany), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China and Taiwan), and Spanish (Mexico, Spain, US United).
You may not always be able to press a button on your iPhone to end a call in the FaceTime app or Phone, and Siri can help you with those scenarios now. Just say, “Hey Siri, hang up” when you want to end a conversation, and Siri will hang up. Other people on the call will hear you say it, but it’s definitely worth it whenever you need to end a call hands-free.
It’s not enabled by default, so you’ll need to go to Settings -> Siri & Search -> Call Hang Up, and toggle the switch for it. You can also do this from Settings -> Accessibility -> Siri -> Call Hang Up.
Ending calls with Siri works on iPhone models with the A13 Bionic chip or later, which means iPhone 11 and later. However, it also works on iPhone XsAnd the Xs Max W Xs (A12 Bionic) When using AirPods or Beats headphones with Siri technology. Works in multiple languages, including Cantonese (Hong Kong), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, US), French (France), German (Germany), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, US) .
Head to Settings -> Accessibility -> Siri, and you’ll find a section where you can adjust the length of time Siri pauses, i.e. the amount of time between the moment you finish speaking and when Siri replies. If Siri is constantly replying to you before you’ve asked it your entire question or command, change the length from the default to longer or longer to make sure it picks up your full request.
We can already have Siri announce time-sensitive alerts, direct messages, or all notifications from apps via CarPlay, AirPods, and some Beats headphones. But iOS 16 has the option to “Announce Notifications on Speaker” via Settings -> Accessibility -> Siri. Toggling the toggle brings up the Announce Notifications submenu, which is a shortcut to the same options available in Settings -> Siri & Search -> Announce Notifications.
As before, Siri will avoid interrupting you and will listen to you after it’s read your notifications to see if you want to respond without having to call out “Hey Siri.” You’ll notice it most on your lock screen or when you’re not using your iPhone, as long as your iPhone isn’t set to silent mode.
If you use a Made for iPhone hearing aid, you can finally have Siri announce notifications when you wear it. The setting should be available via Settings -> Siri & Search -> Notification Announcement. If you don’t see it, you don’t have any MFi hearing aids or implants set up on your iPhone.
Before that, you have to go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch -> Voice prompt for calling -> Auto-answer calls to enable or disable the setting that makes Siri answer calls in FaceTime and Phone. In iOS 16, you can ask Siri to “Turn on/off auto answer,” which saves you significant time. However, you have to go to Auto-Answer Calls preferences to set the waiting time before Siri answers.
It’s not new that you can use Siri to compose and send a message, but it always required you to manually confirm that you wanted to send it. However, iOS 16 lets you Bypass manual confirmation Via Settings -> Siri & Search -> Send Messages Automatically, you can control whether it works via CarPlay, headphones, or hearing aids. Once enabled, Siri will automatically send the message after four or five seconds unless you cancel it.
You can already ask Hey Siri to identify a song to play with Shazam, but the results won’t sync with the Shazam app and Control Center Music recognition control. In iOS 16, everything is finally synced, so you’ll have no problem finding the path you want from Shazammed.
In iOS 16, Siri can handle more requests when your iPhone is offline. This includes interactions with smart home controls (HomeKit devices), notifications, voicemail messages, and intercom requests.
Epanded offline support works on iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip or later. Works in multiple languages, including Cantonese (Hong Kong), English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, US), French (France), German (Germany), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, US) .
App Clips may appear in the Siri Suggestions tool (and spotlight) whenever your iPhone thinks you might need it, but iOS 16 adds subtle location suggestions that make it more likely you’ll see the right app clip at the right time. For example, the Siri Suggestions widget might show you the app’s clip for a restaurant to pay for your meal when you’re dining out. (App Clips are parts of an app that run right away without installing the entire app.)
Siri voice feedback settings were quite confusing in iOS 16.1 and earlier, but iOS 16.2 Smooths things out a bit, by adding “Silent responses are preferredOption. In previous iOS 16 versions, there were only the “Automatic” and “Prefer Spoken Responses” options.
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