siri tell me all you can do iPhone 4S

Tip of the Day: Have Siri Tell You a Story

To get Siri to tell you her bedtime story, you need to be persistent. Say, “Tell me a story.” And Siri will typically say something like, “I’m certain you’ve heard it before.” So then ask again. She’ll say something like, “I’m sure I’ve already told you,” or “What, again?”


Set your home and work locations

Enter your home and work addresses in Contacts. That way, Siri can remind you to do things when you leave or arrive at either place

Change the way Siri pronounces a name

If Siri mispronounces a name, simply say “that’s not how you pronounce that.” Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation, then say the name back to you three different ways so you can choose the one you like.

Teach Siri your relations

Tell Siri about your relationships, such as “Gloria is my wife” or “Jimmy is my dad.” Then you can say “Text my wife” or “Call Dad” and Siri knows who you mean.

Getting Healthy with Siri

How many calories are in [food item]?
How many grams of sugar are in [food item or beverage]?
How many calories are burned during [activity]?
How many calories are used in a [time] of [activity]?
How many calories are in [amount of something]?

Try asking Siri the following type of questions:

How many calories are in a cheese burger?
How many grams of sugar are in a can of Coke?
How many calories are burned in an hour of running?
How many calories are used in an hour of sitting?


Update Facebook, Google+ and Twitter With Siri

Siri might not be able to directly update your Facebook status or send a tweet, but there’s a workaround that can be handy. These social networking services can be updated via text message, and Siri is great at sending text messages. All you have to do is configure your accounts to accept updates from a text.

Activate the feature on Facebook by texting “Hello” to 32665. (Find codes for more countries and other details from Facebook help.) You will receive a text message with a link. Tap the link to confirm and add the code you receive to the Contact list. If you name this contact Facebook you can tell Siri to send a text to Facebook.

In Google+ navigate to the Settings and choose Set delivery preferences. Add your iPhone 4S phone number (choose don’t notify me or else you will receive incoming messages by text). You’ll receive a confirmation text message with a verification code. After you’re verified, add a new entry to your Contacts for Google Plus with the number 33669. Tell Siri to text Google Plus and your circles will see the updates. Find more details about Google+ and text messages from Google.

Sending updates to Twitter is similar, just text “START” to 40404. (Find codes for more countries from Twitter help.) When you receive a text from Twitter, send back your username first, then your password. When you receive the code, add this number to your Contacts under Twitter. Tell Siri to send a text to Twitter and it will become a tweet.


Create a Grocery/shopping List With Siri

Step 1. For starters, you must create a new list in the Reminders app. To do this, tap the list editor icon in the top left hand corner of the main screen (looks like three lines). Then tap the edit button, and select the Create New List option.

Step 2. Name the list whatever you want. For the purpose of this tutorial, I named the list ‘Grocery.’ Then tap the Done button in the top right hand corner of the screen.

Step 3. Now that the list is created, exit out of the Reminders app. Activate Siri and say, “add [milk] to the Grocery list.” Siri then confirms that you’d like to add the item to the list, and then does so. You can open up Reminders to view the list at anytime.

siri add shopping list  iPhone 4S


iPhone shared grocery list using Siri and iCloud

This is really handy: start a list called “Grocery” in the “Reminders” app, and then share it with your shopping partner’s iCloud account on

Boom: Shared grocery list, voice controlled. When you get the the grocery store, just say “Show me my grocery list” and Siri will pull it up for you.


1. Get iOS 5 installed on both phones, and set up iCloud with Reminders syncing turned ON.
2. On one of the phones, tap the Lists icon in the upper left corner of the Reminders app. Tap “Edit” in the upper right corner.
3. Add a new list called “Grocery” (if you’re using Siri, it’s better that it’s “Grocery” singular, and not “Groceries” plural, for better sentence flow).
4. Log in to the account for this phone.
5. Go to Calendar.
6. Click the “share” button (looks like an RSS icon) next to the “Grocery” list you created.
7. Enter the iCloud ID of the person you want to share it with.
8. Have them confirm the e-mail they get.

Launching Apps With Siri

Many people don’t know this but many app developers enable their apps to be opened from other apps or the web using whats called iPhone URL schemes. For example, go into safari and type in the URL box fb:// and hit return. It opens the Facebook app on the iPhone. Or try twitter:// or IMDB:// and you will see it open those apps on your phone directly. I thought this could be potentially useful using Siri in the following way.

1) Create a Contact in your address book and call it Shortcuts (I called it applications, apps is a reserved siri word).

2) Create multiple text fields (home page fields) with these Url schemes. Then you can tell Siri - “Show Shortcuts” and it will pull up that contact sheet and list all the URL shortcuts which can be clicked on.

Now, doing this just to open an App is probably not useful, but the iPhone URL schemes also support advanced functions in apps which I think could save time. For example, if your enter into a text field: fb://birthdays it will take you directly to the Facebook birthdays page within your Facebook app. Or try fb://albums and you go right to facebook photo albums. Unfortunately, these enhanced URL schemes are hard to find but i figured if people knew about them, the experimenting can begin.

Here is a link to a partial list of known iPhone URL Schemes:

siri launch applications iPhone 4S


Siri Dictation


Say this …

… to do this

new line move to the next line (like pressing “Return” on a keyboard)
new paragraph to start a new paragraph
cap to capitalize the next word

For example, saying:
I named my pet pig cap bacon

produces the text:
I named my pet pig Bacon

(interestingly, if you say “Kevin Bacon”, Bacon is automatically capitalized for you)

caps on … caps off to capitalize a section of text

For example, saying:
caps on twenty five ways to eat bacon caps off

produces the text:
25 Ways to Eat Bacon

all caps to make the next word all uppercase

For example, saying:
I am hungry feed me all caps now please

produces the text:
I am hungry feed me NOW please

all caps on … all caps off to make part of what you say uppercase

For example, saying:
I am hungry all caps on feed me now all caps off please

produces the text:
I am hungry FEED ME NOW please

no caps to make the next word lowercase

For example, saying:
I like no caps Mike

produces the text:
I like mike

no caps on … no caps off to make sure part of what you say is all lowercase

For example, saying:
Our friends no caps on Steve and Tina no caps off live in California

produces the text:
Our friends steve and tina live in California

space bar to prevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated word

For example, saying:
This restaurant is first space bar class

prevents first-class from being hyphenated, and produces the text:
This restaurant is first class

no space to prevent a space between words

For example, saying:
This is the best no space tasting bacon ever

produces the text:
This is the besttasting bacon ever

no space on … no space off to prevent a section of text from having spaces between words

For example, saying:
This is no space on the best tasting bacon no space off ever

produces the text:
This is thebesttastingbacon ever

“period” or “full stop” to place a “.” at the end of a sentence
dot .

For example, saying:
The dot number pi is three dot one four

produces the text:
The.number pi is 3.14

(note the subtle difference between saying point and dotdot works between words)

point .

For example, saying:
The point number pi is three point one four

produces the text:
The point number pi 3.14

(note the subtle difference between saying point and dotdot works between words)

“ellipsis” or “dot dot dot”
comma ,
double comma ,,
“quote” or “quotation mark”

(although, if you need to place some text within quotation marks, using the “quote … end quote” commands may be more accurate)

“quote … end quote” or “quote … close quote” to place quotes around a section of text

For example, saying:
She said quote see you next week end quote

produces the text:
She said “see you next week”


(although in many cases, apostrophes are automatically inserted, like when saying Sam’s new iPhone)

exclamation point !
inverted exclamation point ¡
question mark ?
inverted question mark ¿
ampersand &
asterisk *
open parenthesis (
close parenthesis )
open bracket [
close bracket ]
open brace {
close brace }
dash -

For example, saying:
This dash is dash my dash cheese

produces the text:
This – is – my – cheese

(note the difference in spacing between this and when saying hyphen)

hyphen -

For example, saying:
This hyphen is hyphen my hyphen cheese

produces the text:

(note the difference in spacing between this and when saying dash)

em dash
underscore _
percent sign %
copyright sign ©
registered sign ®
section sign §
dollar sign $
cent sign ¢
euro sign
yen sign ¥
degree sign °
caret ^
at sign @
pound sterling sign £
pound sign #
greater than sign >
less than sign <
forward slash /
back slash \
vertical bar |
“smiley” or “smiley face” or “smile face” grin
“frowny” or “frowny face” or “frown face”
“winky” or “winky face” or “wink face” wink
e.g. (pronounced as “e g”) e.g.

For example, saying:
e g when you learn to ride a bike

produces the text:
E.g. when you learn to ride a bike

i.e. (pronounced as “i e”) i.e.

For example, saying:
i e when you learn to ride a bike

produces the text:
I.e. when you learn to ride a bike


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