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How to Use Siri on iPhone 12


In this post, you will learn how to enable and use Siri on the iPhone 12, as well as what you can do with the voice assistant and how to make use of the intercom function.

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How to Enable Siri on iPhone 12

It is vital to double-check that Siri is turned on on your iPhone 12 before you can take use of the new features that have been included with iOS 14.

1. Select the Settings option from the drop-down menu.

2. From the drop-down option, choose Siri & Search as your search engine.

3. Make sure that the following three options are enabled on the Siri & Search page if you’re looking at it:

  • Listen for “Hey Siri”: This lets you say the wake phrase “Hey Siri” to begin an interaction with the voice assistant.
  • Press Side Button for Siri: This allows you to wake Siri by long-pressing the button on the right side of the phone.
  • Allow Siri When Locked: This lets you use Siri without unlocking your phone.

How to Use Siri on iPhone 12

Simply saying “Hey Siri” or holding down the button on the right side of the phone will activate Siri, which will then display a selection of potential options on your iPhone 12.

Apple’s speech assistant, Siri, no longer fills up the full screen of your iPhone, thanks to the most recent Siri update in iOS 14. An alternative is to look for a brightly coloured indication towards the bottom of the screen, which indicates that it is taking note of your enquiry or request. Respondents will show on a portion of the screen of your phone when you react; they will not take up the full screen as they would normally.

How to Use Siri as an Intercom

When using Siri on the iPhone 12, one extra function that you may find useful is the intercom option, which is accessible if you have multiple Apple devices in your house. In addition to Apple smart home devices such as iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay, users may use the intercom function on their Android phones.

If you want to use the functionality, say something like, “Hey Siri, tell everyone [your message].” Receivers can answer by telling Siri, “Hey Siri, replay [their response],” and Siri will transmit the messages to all of their linked devices.

HomePod devices and AirPods play back messages received using the intercom function, and messages sent through the intercom feature display as notifications on other devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Improvements to Siri in iOS 14

The iOS 14 update to Siri (which is the version installed on iPhone 12 at the time of release) includes a number of updates to the voice assistant’s appearance and abilities. Beyond the appearance changes mentioned above, these features were also added or improved:

  • Better Answers: Siri manages more than 25 billion requests per month, according to Apple. To field all those requests, the virtual assistant had to learn a lot. In fact, Apple claims Siri has 20 times more facts than it did a few years ago. And the virtual assistant’s ability to use the web to provide answers is also improved.
  • Smarter Suggestions: Among the improvements to Siri is a useful widget for Shortcut Suggestions that allows it to suggest actions that you do regularly. For example, when you get in the car Siri might suggest opening maps, or ordering a coffee from your favorite coffee house. And, you can have these suggestions on your Today view or on your home screen (or both).
  • ETA Sharing: If you’re meeting another iPhone user and you want to give them an ETA, you can ask Siri to “Share my ETA.” Siri then sends your ETA, via Apple Maps, to that person. There are a couple of caveats, though. You have to have already started directions in Apple Maps, and your Apple ID email is used to share your estimated arrival time.
  • Voice Messaging: Siri can record and send audio messages for you using iMessages or MMS text messages (which means you can even send audio files to Android users). Just say “Send an audio message to” and Siri records and sends the audio. You have the option to listen to it, cancel it, or rerecord it before you send it. You also have the option to do this through CarPlay.
  • Better Translation: Siri’s translation services improved with iOS 14. There are now 65 language pairs and you don’t need to be connected to the internet for the translation to take place. What’s more, the translations are much smoother than in the past.
  • Cycling Directions With Maps: If you need cycling directions, you can now ask Siri, “What are cycling directions to [name of place].” If Siri doesn’t understand or recognize the place you’ve requested directions for, the voice assistant offers suggestions and then redirects you to Apple Maps for the appropriate directions.
  • Automated Reminders From Mail: In iOS 14, Siri gained the ability to recognize possible reminders from email and make suggestions. If you find you create a lot of reminders from email, this is a useful feature to keep you on your game.