How to fix iPhone disabled
The purpose of this blog is to gather together a selection of the most common of these miscellaneous problems, annoyances, and head-scratchers, and to provide solution and workarounds to complete your iPhone troubleshooting education. In this blog, we have to explain the phone problems and how to fix iPhone disabled and this article also discuss Siri and How to use Siri with your iPhone or iPad (2019).
Troubleshooting Miscellaneous Problems
I'll begin this blog with a look at a few miscellaneous problems that can make your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) easier to use and more efficient. You Find It Difficult to Reach Items at the Top of the iPhone Screen
The large height of the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 (not to mention their even bigger Plus versions) means that even people with average-size hands can find it quite a stretch to reach items at or near the top of the screen when they're using the device one-handed.
Solution: Double-tap the Home button, by which I mean you lightly tap the button rather than firmly pressing it. This slides the current screen's contents down about half way, making it much easier to access those items at the top, especially when you're using the phone one-handed.
To push the screen back up, either double-tap the Home button once again or tap in the blank area above the screen contents (you can also wait about eight seconds and the screen will restore itself automatically).
Double-Tapping the Home Button Doesn't Do Anything
In the previous section, you learned that you can reach items at the top of the big iPhone 6 (and later) screen by double-tapping the Home button. However, you might find that this technique doesn't work for you.
Solution: Here are a few troubleshooting techniques to try:
Remember that this feature is only available on the iPhone, not the iPad or iPod touch. And, as of this writing, the only iPhone models that support this feature are the 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, and 7 Plus.
If you see the multitasking screen (that is, the screen that shows all your running or recently run apps), it means you're double-clicking the Home button rather than double-tapping it. Two light taps are all you need.
This feature is called Reachability and it's an accessibility setting. If it doesn't work for you, it might mean that the setting has been turned off. To check, follow these steps:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap General to open the General screen.
\3.\ Tap Accessibility to open the Accessibility screen.
\4.\ Tap the Reachability switch to On
The Onscreen Keyboard Clicks Are Driving You (and Everyone Near You) Crazy
By default, the iOS onscreen keyboard makes a clicking noise each time you tap a key. Apple must think this aural feedback is useful since the clicks are on by default, but I don't know anyone who doesn't find them annoying and purposeless.
Even if you don't mind the incessant clicking, I guarantee that every person within earshot of your device is cursing you silently (or perhaps not so silently).
Solution: Turn off the keyboard clicks by following these steps:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Sounds to display the Sounds screen.
\3.\ Tap the Keyboard Clicks switch to Off
When You Type Two or More Spaces, iOS Always Adds a Period (.) Before the Spaces
This is actually, as the programmers say, a feature, not a bug. It's a built-in shortcut that enables you to end most sentences efficiently with a quick double-tap on the space key.
Solution: If you'd rather be able to enter multiple spaces without the period showing up, you can turn off the shortcut. Here are the steps to follow:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap General to display the General screen.
\3.\ Tap Keyboard to display the Keyboards screen.
\4.\ Tap the "." Shortcut switch to Off
You Can't Type in Another Language
Your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) is set up with a default keyboard appropriate to your location, and it also comes with a keyboard of Emoji symbols. If you want to type in another language such as Arabic, Greek, or Russian, there is no direct way to do it using the default keyboard.
Solution: You need to install a new keyboard layout for the language (or languages) you want to use. Here are the steps to follow:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap General to display the General screen.
\3.\ Tap Keyboard to display the Keyboards screen.
\4.\ Tap Keyboards to open the Keyboards screen, which displays a list of installed keyboards.
\5.\ Tap Add New Keyboard to display the Add New Keyboard screen.
\6.\ Tap the keyboard layout you want to use.
To switch from one layout to another, display the onscreen keyboard and then tap and hold the Keyboard button (which is to the right of the 123 or ? 123 buttons). This displays a list of the installed keyboards, and you then tap the layout you want to use.
Your Device Display Is Too Harsh for Night Use
Many of us keep our iOS device (iPhone and iPad) at our bedside to use as a clock or alarm. Dimming the display is a must for nighttime use, but for many people, the screen colors are still too harsh and they can make it hard to get to sleep.
Solution: You can use the Night Shift feature to shift the screen colors toward the red end of the spectrum. This gives the screen a "warmer" feel overall, which makes it less harsh for night viewing and is more conducive to sleep.
Follow these steps to activate and configure Night Shift:
\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Display & Brightness to display the Display & Brightness screen.
\3.\ Tap Night Shift to display the Night Shift screen.
\4.\ To set a time to automatically activate and deactivate Night Shift, tap the Scheduled switch to On. You then tap the From/To control; use From to set the start time and use To to set the end time, then tap Back to return to the Night Shift screen.
Note Rather than scheduling Night Shift, you can invoke it at any time by following steps 1 to 3 to display the Night Shift screen, then tapping the Manually Enable Until Tomorrow switch to On.
\5.\ Use the Color Temperature slider to adjust the screen colors to make them warmer (slide to the right) or less warm (slide to the left).
Troubleshooting Connection and Syncing Problems
With most syncing running through iCloud these days, many people find they rarely have to connect their iOS device (iPhone and iPad) to their computer. However, if you don't have an iCloud account, then connecting to your computer and syncing through iTunes is required, so all the more reason to make sure things are working properly.
iTunes Won't Sync Your Device
You Have Trouble Syncing Music or Videos
You may run into a problem syncing your music or videos to your iOS device (iPhone and iPad).
Solution: The most likely culprit here is that your files are in a format that iOS can't read, such as WMA, MPEG-1, or MPEG-2.
First, convert the files to a format that iOS does understand using converter software (such as Format Factory; see www.pcfreetime.com/). Then put them back on iTunes and try to sync again. This should solve the problem.
iOS-supported audio formats include AAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4; Audible Enhanced Audio; AAX; and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. iOS-supported video formats include H.264, MPEG-4, and Motion JPEG.
An App Opens Each Time You Connect Your Device
Each time you connect your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) to your computer, you might see the Photos app (on your Mac) or the AutoPlay dialog box (in Windows).
This is certainly convenient if you actually want to send photos to your computer, but you might find that you do that only once in a blue moon. In that case, having to deal with iPhoto or a dialog box every time is frustrating and time-consuming.
Solution: You can configure your computer not to pester you about getting photos from your iOS device (iPhone and iPad).
Note Configuring your computer not to download photos from your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) means that in the future, you'll either need to reverse the setting to get photos or manually import them.
Here's how you set this up on your Mac:
\1.\ Click Spotlight, type image and then click Image Capture. The Image Capture application opens.
\2.\ In the Devices list, click your iOS device (iPhone and iPad).
\3.\ At the bottom of the Devices pane, click the Connecting this camera opens the menu, and then choose No application.
\4.\ Click Image Capture and then click Quit Image Capture. Image Capture saves the new setting and then shuts down. The next time you connect your iOS device (iPhone and iPad), Photos ignores it.
Resolving Web Issues
We live in a world where the promise of “information at your fingertips” (IAYF, to those in the know) has gone from a pie-in-the-sky daydream just 10 or 15 years ago to let-me-look-that-up-for-you reality now.
That’s because our fingertips are never far from a device – particularly an iPhone or cellular-enabled iPad – that’s connected to the Internet and its vast supply of information.
Whether you need to resolve an argument, get directions to the nearest café, or remember the name of the actress who starred in Blossom, your iOS device (iPhone and iPad) is right there to help.
It helps that the Safari app that comes with iOS is a solid web browser that has all the features you’re likely to need. It’s a great browser, but unfortunately, it’s not a perfect one, so you might encounter frustrations both small and large that can get in the way of your web surfing.
This blog tackles many of the most common Safari irritations and annoyances and shows you how to either work around them or fix them once and for all. So the next time you’re at a dinner party and someone claims that Dustin Hoffman was in Star Wars, you’ll be able to set the record straight in record time.
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Troubleshooting Web Surfing Problems
You Have Trouble Viewing the Page Text or Other Information
We’re quite a number of years into the mobile web revolution, so it’s surprising how many websites are still not optimized for mobile viewing. This means you’ll often visit a site that was built with a desktop browser in mind, so the text, images, and other data appear unreadably tiny, especially on a smaller iPhone or iPod touch screen.
Solution: Many websites enable you to zoom in on the page by placing two fingers on the screen and spreading them apart.
A quick way to zoom in on a page that has various sections is to double-tap on the specific section – it could be an image, a paragraph, a table, or a column of text – that you want to be magnified. Safari zooms the section to fill the width of the screen. Double-tap again to return the page to the regular view.
Note The double-tap-to-zoom trick doesn’t work on all pages. If the web page developer has set the page’s maximum-scale property to 1, it means you can’t zoom the page to anything larger than its original size.
It Takes a Long Time to Scroll Back to the Top of a Long Web Page
Although most web pages contain only a screenful or two of text and images, some pages are quite lengthy and consist of many screens. If you’re reading a particularly long-winded web page and you’re near the bottom, you may have quite a long way to scroll if you need to head back to the top to get to the address/search bar.
Solution: Save the wear and tear on your flicking finger! Instead, tap the status bar at the top of the screen once to display the address/search bar, then tap the status bar a second time; Safari immediately transports you to the top of the page.
Tip If you’re using any model of the iPhone 6 or later, you might find it hard to reach the top of the screen if you’re surfing one-handed. Remember that you can lightly double-tap the Home button to drop the Safari screen down halfway and bring its top bar within easy reach.
You Want to View a Website’s Desktop Version
You Want to Read One or More Pages While You’re Offline
In your web travels, you’ll often come upon a page with fascinating content that you can’t wait to read. Unfortunately, a quick look at the length of the article tells you that you’re going to need more time than you currently have available.
You have a long flight or another stretch of offline time coming up, so that would be perfect, but how do you save web content for offline reading?
Solution: You can take advantage of a Safari feature called the Reading List. As the name implies, this is a simple list of things to read. When you don’t have time to read something now, add it to your Reading List and you can read it at your leisure, even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
There are a couple of techniques you can use to add a page to your Reading List:
Use Safari to navigate to the page that you want to read later, tap the Share button, and then tap Add to Reading List.
Tap and hold a link for the page that you want to read later and then tap Add to Reading List.
When you’re ready to read, open Safari, tap the Bookmarks button and then tap the Reading List tab. Safari displays all the items you’ve added to the list and you just tap the article you want to read. To make the list a bit easier to manage, tap Show Unread to see just the pages you haven’t yet perused.
You Want to View a Site’s Pop-up Window
Pop-up ads have been a scourge on the web for almost as long as there has been a web. The frustration caused by these irritants was so great that for a while now, all modern browsers have included a pop-up blocker that is activated by default, and iOS Safari is no exception.
However, not all pop-up windows are annoyances. Some might show useful information or a key feature of a website’s interface. With pop-ups blocked, however, you miss out on this information or feature.
Solution: You can temporarily turn off Safari’s pop-up blocker when you visit a site that has a pop-up window you want to see. Here are the steps to follow:
\1.\ In the Home screen, tap Settings to display the Settings app.
\2.\ Tap Safari. The Safari screen appears.
\3.\ Tap the Block Pop-ups switch to Off
You can now use Safari to visit the site, and its pop-up window will appear in a new tab. When you’re done with that site, follow the above steps once again to tap the Block Pop-ups switch back to On.
You Want to View a Link’s Address Before Tapping It
As you know, in iOS Safari you “click” a link in a web page by tapping it. These days, however, a savvy surfer always checks a link’s address before clicking it because you just never know where you might end up.
The address doesn’t always indicate a nefarious or shady site, but it doesn’t hurt to check. In a regular web browser, you can see where a link takes you (that is, you can see the link’s URL) by hovering the mouse pointer over the link and checking out the link address in the status bar.
That doesn’t work in iOS Safari, so how can you find out the address of a link before tapping it?
Solution: Tap and hold the link for a few seconds. Safari then displays a pop-up screen showing the link text and, more importantly, the URL. If the link looks legit, either tap Open to surf there in the current browser page or tap Open in New Page to start a fresh page. If you decide not to follow the link, tap outside the menu.
Troubleshooting Searching Problems
You Want to Search the Web Using Voice Commands
You can use Safari to type search queries either directly into the search box or by navigating to a search engine site. However, these days typing suddenly seems like such a quaint pastime thanks to the voice-recognition prowess of the Siri app. So why type a search query when you can just tell Siri what you’re looking for?
Solution: Launch Siri by pressing and holding the Home button (or pressing and holding the Mic button of the device headphones, or the equivalent button on a Bluetooth headset). Here are some general tips for web searching with Siri:
Searching the entire web. Say “Search the web for the topic,” where a topic is your search criteria.
Searching Wikipedia. Say “Search Wikipedia for the topic,” where the topic is the subject you want to look up.
Searching for a particular search engine. Say “Engine topic,” where Engine is the name of the search engine, such as Google or Bing (although not DuckDuckGo, for some reason), and the topic is your search criteria.
Siri also understands commands related to searching for businesses and restaurants through its partnership with Yelp. To look for businesses and restaurants using Siri, the general syntax to use is the following (although, as usual with Siri, you don’t have to be too rigid about this):
“Find (or Look for) something somewhere.”
Here, the something part can be the name of a business (such as “Starbucks”), a type of business (such as “gas station”), a type of restaurant (such as “Thai restaurants”), or a generic product (such as “coffee”).
The somewhere part can be something relative to your current location (such as “around here” or “near me” or “within walking distance”) or a specific location (such as “in Indianapolis” or “in Broad Ripple”). Here are some examples:
“Find a gas station within walking distance.”
“Look for pizza restaurants in Indianapolis.”
“Find coffee around here.”
“Look for a grocery store near me.”
Note, too, that if you add a qualifier such as “good” or “best” before the something portion of the command, Siri returns the results organized by their Yelp ratings.
What is Siri?
In this Blog
Introduce yourself to Siri
How to use Siri with your iPhone or iPad
How to use the Dictation feature as an alternative to the virtual keyboard
How to use your iPhone with CarPlay in your vehicle
Siri is designed to be a virtual assistant that responds to commands, questions, and requests that you say, as opposed to type, into your mobile device.
Siri has access to the content stored in your iPhone or iPad, as well as an ever-growing arsenal of Internet-based resources that you can use to quickly gather information or answers that you need within seconds after you verbally state your request.
Because Siri functionality is primarily web-based and requires Internet access to use, it’s continuously evolving. Recently, more and more third-party developers have been integrating Siri functionality into their own apps and smart devices, which has broadened the types of commands and questions Siri can respond to.
For example, if you want to order an Uber, instead of launching the Uber app, you can speak a command into your Internet-connected iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.
If you have smart lighting or a smart thermostat installed in your home, simply say, “Hey Siri, turn on the living room lights.” or “Hey Siri, dim the dining room lights by 50 percent.” If your home’s temperature needs an adjustment, say, “Hey Siri, set the thermostat to 70 degrees.”
Depending on how you set up Siri within Settings, simply say,
“Hey Siri,” to activate this feature from all newer iPhones or iPads. Older devices must be plugged into an external power source to activate Siri using the “Hey Siri” command. When you do this, the familiar, “What can I help you with?” screen appears, and you hear Siri’s “ready” tone.
You can also press and hold down the Home button for two seconds to activate Siri at any time.
Even with ongoing improvements being made to Siri, it’s important to realize that Siri does not understand everything, and this feature does have its limitations in terms of what it can do and which apps it works with.
When you get accustomed to working with Siri, however, this feature can make you more efficient when using your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Apple HomePod.
In addition to using cutting-edge voice recognition, Siri uses advanced artificial intelligence, so it doesn’t just understand what you say, it interprets and comprehends what you mean and then translates your speech to text.
And if you don’t initially provide the information Siri needs to complete your request or command, you’re prompted for more information.
Siri can now translate spoken words or sentences (almost instantly) between languages. When iOS 11 first launched in late 2017, Siri supported English, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Additional languages will be added moving forward.
To use the translation feature, activate Siri and say, “Translate [word or sentence] into [language].” Siri says the translation and simultaneously displays it on the iPhone or iPad’s screen.
If you’re going to make use of the translation feature while traveling overseas, you’ll need to have Internet access from your iPhone or iPad. Consider using a low-cost personal Wi-Fi hotspot from a company like SkyRoam (www.skyroam.com), which offers unlimited Internet connectivity for up to five devices in more than 100 countries, for a flat fee of $8.00 to $9.00 per day.
What You Should Know Before Using Siri
For Siri to operate, your device must have access to the Internet via a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. Every time you make a request or issue a command to Siri, your iOS mobile device connects to Apple’s data center.
Thus, if you’re using a cellular data connection, some of your monthly wireless data allocations get used up (if a cellular data allocation is imposed by your wireless service provider).
Because a Wi-Fi connection is typically significantly faster than a cellular data connection, Siri often responds faster to your requests and commands when you use a Wi-Fi connection.
You should also understand that heavy use of the Internet, especially when connected via a cellular data connection, depletes the battery life of the iPhone or iPad faster. So, if you constantly rely on Siri throughout the day, the battery life of your device will be shorter.
If your iPhone or iPad is placed in Airplane mode (and Wi-Fi connectivity is turned off), Siri does not function. You’ll receive a verbal message stating that Siri is unavailable.
In iOS 11 Siri is “smarter” and better able to assist users with a broader range of tasks, and it’s also more customizable than ever. To customize Siri features, launch Settings and tap the Siri & Search option.
From the Siri & Search submenu, you can completely turn off the Siri feature by turning off the virtual switches associated with the Listen for “Hey Siri,” Press Home for Siri, and Allow Siri When Locked options.
Turn on the virtual switch associated with the Listen for “Hey Siri” feature if you want your iPhone or iPad to continuously be listening for the words “Hey Siri,” which will cause the feature to activate, even if you’re across the room from your mobile device. When using the “Hey Siri” command, there’s no need to touch your iPhone or iPad to use the Siri feature.
Turn on the Press Home for Siri feature if you want to be able to activate Siri by pressing and holding down the Home button on your iPhone or iPad for about two seconds.
When you turn on the virtual switch for the Allow Siri When a Locked option, you (or someone else) can access Siri while the phone is still locked. This potentially allows someone to access content stored within your phone or to access a phone feature without entering your private passcode or scanning your fingerprint using the Touch ID sensor or using the iPhone X’s Face ID feature.
This feature is convenient, but when it is turned on your mobile device is not as secure as it is when the feature is turned off. You also use the Siri & Search submenu in Settings to set the default language to your native language and to customize Siri’s voice.
Using Siri as Your Virtual Assistant
When Siri is activated, the message “What can I help you with?” displays on the screen, along with a rainbow-colored, animated wave graphic. On some iPhone and iPad models, you simultaneously hear Siri’s activation tone. When not listening for spoken commands, the Some Things You Can Ask Me screen replaces the animated wave graphic. Tap the colorful orb icon at the bottom-center of the screen to activate or reactivate Siri.
Once Siri is activated, you have about five seconds to begin speaking before the feature deactivates. To reactivate it, simply tap the microphone icon or repeat one of the previously mentioned steps.
For the most accurate results when using Siri, speak directly into the iPhone, iPad, AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePod, or headset. Try to avoid being in areas with excessive background noise. Also, speak as clearly as possible so Siri can understand each word in your sentence.
Discovering How Siri Can Help You
The great thing about Siri is that you don’t have to think too much about how you phrase a command, question, or request. Siri automatically interprets what you say.
When you’re in a quiet area, activate Siri and then speak. Stop speaking when you’re finished, and Siri responds accordingly. However, if you’re in a noisy area, Siri might have trouble determining when you’ve stopped speaking. To avoid this problem, press and hold the Home button as you speak to Siri. When you’re finished speaking, release the Home button so Siri can process your request.
To get the most out of using Siri—with the least amount of frustration as a result of Siri not being able to comply with your requests—develop a basic understanding of which apps this feature works with and how Siri can be used with those apps.
Siri can be used with most of the apps that come preinstalled with iOS 11 plus an ever-expanding collection of third-party apps. Siri can also find information on the Internet by performing web searches. You can use Dictation mode, however, in any app where the microphone key appears on the iPhone or iPad’s virtual keyboard.
The following sections provide a sampling of what Siri can be used for, as well as tips for how to use Siri effectively.
For an up-to-date summary of Siri’s capabilities and a sampling of how to phrase commands or requests to work with Siri’s newest features, visit this page of Apple’s website: www.apple.com/ios/siri.
Here are some quick tips on using Siri:
You can use Siri to launch an app. To do this, activate Siri and say, “Launch [app name].” If it’s a game you want to play, simply say, “Play [game name].” Another option is to say, “Open [app name].”
For more information about how Siri can be used, activate Siri and say, “What can you do?” Or after activating Siri, wait for the “What can I help you with?” message, and then tap the small question mark that’s displayed in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Tap the Bluetooth icon displayed in the bottom-right corner of the screen to switch between using your iPhone or iPad’s built-in speaker, a Bluetooth headset/speaker, AirPods, or CarPlay.
Siri understands commands related to the Home app and HomeKit-compatible “smart” equipment, which means that you can control home automation equipment that your iPhone or iPad is linked with, such as your lights, thermostat, door locks, or security cameras.
Siri also responds to requests or questions related to almost anything having to do with sports, movies, entertainment, restaurants, music, weather, locations, or stocks. Plus, Siri can look up information when you pose almost any type of question, or you can use it to verbally control almost any iPhone/iPad-related feature that’s adjustable from within Settings or Control Center. For example, you can activate Siri and say, “Turn on Airplane mode” or “Turn off Do Not Disturb.”
Reading or Sending Text Messages
When you receive a new text message but can’t look at the screen (such as when you’re driving), activate Siri and say, “Read new text message.” After Siri reads the incoming message, you’re given the opportunity to reply to that message and dictate your response.
Using Siri with the Messages app, you can also compose and send a text/instant message to anyone in your Contacts database by saying something like, “Compose a text message to John Doe.”
Any time you dictate a text message or email that will be sent to someone else, make sure that when Siri translates your spoken words into text that the transcription is correct; otherwise, you could wind up sending a message that makes no sense or that has a meaning you didn’t intend.
Checking the Weather or Your Investments
The Weather app can display an extended weather forecast for your immediate area or any city in the world, and the Stocks app can be used to track your investments.
However, Siri has the capability to automatically access the Web and obtain weather information for any city, as well as stock-related information about any stock or mutual fund.
When you request stock information, you get a verbal response from Siri, and information about that stock is displayed on the iPhone or iPad’s screen.
Finding Information on the Web or Getting Answers to Questions
If you want to perform a web search, you can manually launch the Safari browser, and then use a search phrase or question to type what you’re looking for in the Search field. Another option is to perform your web search by entering it into the Search field via your iPhone or iPad’s Spotlight Search feature.
Siri can also be used to perform web searches, by saying something like
“Look up the [company] website.”
“Access the website cnn.com.”
“Search the Web for [topic].”
“Google information about [topic].”
“Search Wikipedia for [topic].”
“What is the definition of [word]?”
You also can ask almost any type of question, and Siri seeks out the appropriate answer from the Internet. A question might be, “What does the Canadian flag look like?” or “What is the population of New York City?”
When you ask Siri a question that requires your iPhone or iPad to seek out the answer on the Internet, this is done through Apple using Wolfram Alpha. To learn more about the vast topics you can ask Siri about, from unit conversions to historical data, visit www.wolframalpha.com/examples.
If you’re looking for the latest scores related to your favorite professional or college team or sporting event, just ask Siri. It’s also possible to ask sports-related questions and then have Siri quickly research the answers via the Internet. When it comes to sports, here are some sample questions or requests you can use with Siri:
“Did the Yankees win their last game?”
“What was the score of last night’s Patriots game?”
“What was the score the last time the Yankees and Red Sox played?”
“Show me the baseball scores from last night.”
When it comes to movies, Siri can also help you decide what to go see, determine where movies are playing, look up movie times, and provide details about almost any movie ever made. Here are some sample questions or requests you can use with Siri that relate to movies:
“Where is [movie title] playing?”
“What’s playing at [movie theater]?”
“What’s playing at the movies tonight?”
“Find the closest movie theater.”
“Show me the reviews for [movie title].”
If you’re looking to try out a new restaurant or want to learn more about a local dining establishment, Siri knows all about restaurants too. Plus, thanks to Yelp! and OpenTable integration, you can view detailed information about restaurants, make dining reservations, or read reviews.
Here are some examples of how you can use Siri when you want to know more about restaurants:
“Where’s the closest Japanese restaurant?”
“Table for two at Palm Restaurant in Boston for 7 p.m.”
“Show me reviews for [restaurant name] in [city].”
The detailed information Siri displays is interactive. For example, tap the phone number in a restaurant listing to initiate a call to that restaurant, or tap the listed address to launch the Maps app and get detailed directions.
Scheduling and Managing Meetings and Events
Like many apps that come preinstalled with iOS 11, the Calendar app is fully compatible with Siri, which means it’s possible to use Siri to create or modify appointments, meetings, or events by using your voice. To do this, some of the things you can say include
“Set up a meeting at 10:30 a.m.”
“Set up a meeting with Drew at noon tomorrow.” “Meet with Emily for lunch at 1:00 p.m.”
“Set up a meeting with Rusty about third-quarter sales projections at 4:00 p.m. on December 12th.”
You can use Siri to reschedule or cancel events stored in the Calendar app. For example, you could say, “Move my 2:00 p.m. meeting to 4:00 p.m.,” or “Cancel my 6:00 p.m. dinner with Rusty.”
To obtain an overview of your schedule, ask a question like, “What does the rest of my day look like?,” or “When is my next appointment?” You can learn about a specific event as well, by asking, “When is my next meeting with Kevin?” or “Where is my next meeting?”
Siri can also tap the Calendar and Maps app simultaneously if you ask a question like, “How do I get to my next meeting?” This works if you’ve filled in the Location field when creating an event in the Calendar app.
Setting an Alarm or Timer
Siri can control the Clock app that comes preinstalled on your iOS device so that it serves as an alarm clock or timer. You can say something like, “Set an alarm for 7:30 a.m. tomorrow,” “Wake me up tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.” or “Set a recurring wakeup call for 7:30 a.m.” to create a new alarm.
Or, to set a 30-minute timer, say, “Set a timer for 30 minutes.”, a countdown timer is displayed on the iPhone or iPad’s screen, and an alarm sounds when the timer reaches zero.
You can also simply use “Hey Siri” and ask “What’s today’s date?” “What time is it?” or “How many days until Christmas?” if you’re too busy to look at the iPhone or iPad’s screen, such as when you’re driving.
Getting Directions Using the Maps App
Pretty much any feature you can use the Maps app for—whether it’s to find the location or phone number for a business, obtain turn-by-turn directions between two addresses, access public transit information, or map out a specific address location—you can access using Siri.
To use Maps-related functions, say things like the following:
“How do I get to [location]?”
“Directions to [contact name or location].”
“Find a [business or service name, such as Starbucks Coffee] near where I am.”
“What’s a good steak restaurant in Boston?” “What time does [store name] close tonight?”
“Where is a good barber?” (When you ask a question like this, Siri relies on Yelp! reviews and other information to provide highly recommended businesses or restaurants.)
“How do I get home from here?” If you’re lost or need directions home from anywhere, Siri uses your iPhone’s GPS to pinpoint your current location and then uses the Maps app to provide turn-by-turn directions to help you get home.
If Siri finds multiple businesses or locations that are directly related to your request, it asks you to select one, or all related matches are displayed on a detailed map.
When you ask Siri to look up businesses, landmarks, popular destinations, or restaurants, Siri integrates with the Yelp! online service to provide detailed information about many businesses and restaurants.
Controlling the Music
In the mood to hear a specific song that’s stored on your iPhone or iPad or that’s available via Apple Music (if you’re a subscriber)?
Maybe you want to begin playing a specific playlist, you want to hear all the music stored on your iOS device by a particular artist, or you want to play a specific album? Well, just ask Siri. You can control the Music app or the Apple Music service using your voice by saying things like the following:
“Play [song title].”
“Play [album title].”
“Play [playlist title].”
“Play [artist’s name].”
“Play [music genre, such as pop, rock, or blues].”
You can also issue specific commands, such as “Shuffle my [title] playlist,” or speak commands, such as “Pause” or “Skip” as music is playing.
If you subscribe to Apple Music and use the Music app, activate Siri and request to hear any of the songs in Apple’s online music collection, which comprises more than 40 million songs and albums and is continuously expanding.
You can request to play (stream) music by song title, album title, or artist. Start by activating Siri and saying, “Play [song title],” Play [song title] by [artist name],” or “Play [album title].” Without an Apple Music subscription, you’re limited to hearing the digital music you own.
As you’re listening to music on your mobile device, if you want to hear similar music, activate Siri and say, “Play more music like this,” or if you want to hear music that’s popular, say something like, “Siri, play the number one Country song right now.”
When streaming music from Apple Music, to purchase a song or album, activate Siri and say, “Buy this song” or “Buy this album.” You’re also able to use verbal commands to pause the music, skip to the next song, or repeat the currently playing song.
If you are somewhere and hear a song being played and want to know the name of the song or who sings it, activate Siri and say, “What song is this?” or “Who sings this?” Siri listens for a few seconds and then provides information about the music that’s playing.
Using Dictation Mode
In many situations when the iPhone or iPad’s virtual keyboard appears, a microphone key is located to the left of the spacebar. When you tap this microphone key, Dictation mode is activated. An animated sound wave graphic displays on the screen as you speak.
You can say whatever text you were going to manually type using the virtual keyboard. You can speak for up to 30 seconds at a time. When you’re finished speaking, you have to tap the Done key so that your device can translate your speech into text and insert it into the appropriate onscreen field.
For the fastest and most accurate results, speak one to three sentences at a time, and have your device connected to a Wi-Fi Internet connection.
While using Dictation mode, you can easily add punctuation just by saying it. For example, you can say, “This is a sample dictation period,” and Siri adds the period at the end of the sentence.
You can also use words like “exclamation point,” “open parenthesis,” “close parenthesis,” “open quotes,” “close quotes,” “comma,” “semicolon,” or “colon” as you dictate.
As you’re looking at a listing for an address, business, service, or point of interest, simply tap the Favorite button to add the location to your Favorites list.
To later access, your favorites list, access the Maps app’s Search field and then scroll to the bottom of the listed search results/search history. Tap the Favorites listing to access your Favorites list. Tap the desired destination.
To quickly determine in what cities around the world specific Maps feature work in, visit www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/#maps.
When you’re using the turn-by-turn, real-time navigation function of the Maps app and you need to find a nearby gas station, restaurant, or coffee shop, simply tap anywhere along the bottom of the screen (except for on the End button), and then tap the Gas Stations, Dinner, or Coffee icon.
If you tap the Gas Stations icon (or Dinner or Coffee icons), you see a listing of nearby gas stations. Tap the Go button that corresponds to the listing you’d like to choose.
The Maps app automatically reroutes you to that destination. After you’ve visited the gas station, Maps enables you to continue to your original destination without having to re-enter any information into the app.
Your expected arrival time, the amount of time until you reach your final destination, and the current distance from your final destination will be updated to take into account the requested detour.
To switch between using the iPhone’s built-in speaker, a Bluetooth phone headset, or CarPlay (when applicable) while you’re using the Maps app for real-time navigation, tap anywhere along the bottom of the screen (except for on the End button), and then tap the Audio icon.
From the Output heading on the Navigation Voice screen, choose where you want the Maps app’s audio to be played. Also from this screen, tap one of the volume options to change the volume of the voice prompts. Turn on the Pause Spoken Audio option if you want music, podcasts, or audiobooks to pause when the Maps app needs to speak.
As always, the Maps app requires continuous Internet access to function. Although the app works with a Wi-Fi connection, if you plan to use the app’s turn-by-turn directions (Navigation) feature, you must use a cellular data connection (which uses up some of your monthly wireless data allocation with each use) because you’ll be in motion and will quickly leave the wireless signal radius of any public Wi-Fi hotspot.
While on the go, if you have a Wi-Fi Only iPad, consider using the Personal Hotspot feature built into your iPhone to create a private Wi-Fi network that will travel with you and that your iPad can utilize, or invest in a standalone personal Wi-Fi hotspot device, such as the SkyRoam Solis ($149.99, www.skyroam.com/solis).
This device is ideal for international travelers using an iPhone or iPad, who don’t want to incur high international cellular data roaming charges) when using the Maps app.
You can use a Wi-Fi connection to preload driving or public transportation directions before your departure, but if your route changes, your iOS mobile device isn’t able to help if it can’t connect to the Internet.
Any time you receive a text message or view a Calendar event that has an address included within it, iOS 11 automatically determines you’re looking at an address and turns it into an active link. Tap this link to launch the Maps app and view the address or obtain directions to or from that address.
When creating or editing a Calendar event, by filling in the Add Location field, the iPhone or iPad is automatically able to calculate travel time from your current location to the destination. You can turn on a feature that alerts you when it’s time to leave based on the anticipated travel time and current traffic conditions.
You can use many features built into the Maps app using voice commands and requests, thanks to Siri. For example, regardless of what you’re doing on the iPhone or iPad, activate Siri and say, “How do I get home from here?”
“Where is the closest Starbucks?” or “Where is the closest gas station?” and then have the Maps app provide you with the directions and map you need.
Below the Search for a Place or Address field is a list of recent destinations as well as what Apple refers to as “proactive suggestions,” for potential destinations. The suggestions are based on your recent activities and data found in other apps.
In the Search for a Place or Address field, instead of manually typing the address of your desired destination, you can type the name of a point of interest, airport, restaurant, service, or business.
For example, if you type “Chinese restaurant” in this field, you see a list of Chinese restaurants that are close to your current location. However, if you want to find Chinese restaurants in another city and state, include the location in your search term —Chinese Restaurants, White Plains, New York, for example.
As you type in this field, the Maps app displays applicable search results. Tap a search result listing to select it.
Alternatively, tap the empty Search for a Place or Address field and then tap the Food, Drinks, Shopping, Travel, Services, Fun, Health, or Transport icon to seek out local businesses or services by category. If necessary, tap a subcategory icon. Next, tap one of the search result listings that are of interest.
When you tap a listing, information about it is displayed. If it’s a business or restaurant, for example, the business/restaurant name, phone number, address, website URL, and other details are displayed. Tap the Directions button to quickly obtain directions from your current location to the desired location.
Tap the Call, Website, Favorite, or Share button to call the business, visit its website, add it to your Maps Favorite list, or share details about the business with others.
While viewing any map, tap a listed point of interest or business that’s displayed in the map itself to view details about it. The information window is fully interactive. For example, if you tap the phone number or Call button, a call to that business is initiated using the Phone app (on the iPhone).
Tap the Directions button to obtain turn-by-turn directions from your current location to the selected destination.
Anytime you look up a listing in the Maps app, information appears in a window. Use your finger to drag this window up or down on the screen to see more or less of its content.
In the Search for a Place or Address field, enter the name of any contact that has an entry stored in the Contacts app to find and display an address for that contact. Navigation details (directions) can be provided. The Maps app searches the contents of your iOS device (including the Contacts app), followed by a web-based search, if applicable.
As you’re viewing a map, place one finger on the screen and drag it around to reposition the map. To rotate the map, place two fingers (slightly separated) on the screen, and rotate your fingers clockwise or counterclockwise. To then return to the north-up orientation, tap the compass icon.
Use a reverse-pinch finger gesture to zoom in or a pinch finger gesture to zoom out. If you’re using the Satellite or Flyover Tour view, you can zoom in very close, and then drag your finger around the map to take a birds-eye tour of the area.
Switching the Map View
When you’re viewing a map, you can switch between viewing perspectives. Options include the following:
Maps—This is the Maps app’s standard view. Roads and their names are displayed, along with points of interest, businesses, and services (including gas stations, restaurants, and hospitals). The posted speed limit and traffic conditions can also be displayed.
When you look up any business using the Maps app, if you then view the location of the business with the Satellite view, you can often determine the best nearby location for parking.
Consider dropping a pin on that location, and then using turn-by-turn directions to get you to that spot. There are also third-party apps, like Parker, that can help you find a parking spot or paid parking lot in a major city.
The Maps app takes current traffic conditions into account. So if you think the app is recommending a route that’s longer (in terms of driving distance to your destination), it could be to avoid heavy traffic. Thus, the recommendation could ultimately result in a shorter travel time.
As you’re driving to your desired destination, the Maps app analyzes traffic conditions ahead of you, and, if necessary, recommends an alternative route to save time. Maps notify you that a time-saving route is available, and you have the option of following the alternate route.
Below the map, tap the Go button to choose the selected route and driving directions. Alternatively, tap the Walk, Transit, or Ride icon to alter your mode of transportation:
Drive—Obtain real-time, turn-by-turn navigation directions for driving to your destination.
Walk—Obtain real-time, turn-by-turn navigation directions for walking to your destination.
Transit—Obtain real-time directions for using public transportation to reach your desired destination. This option is not yet available in all cities around the world. When it is available, the best option for using buses, trains, subways, and ferries are provided.
Ride—Request a ride using Uber, Lyft, or another compatible taxi, limo, or ride-sharing service. Thus far, this feature is available only in certain major cities, and you must have the ride service’s optional app (such as Uber or Lyft) installed on your mobile device.
After you select the mode of transportation, tap the green-and-white Go button to begin receiving real-time, fully narrated, turn-by-turn directions to your destination.
Displayed in the main area of the screen is a detailed map that shows where you are and where you’re headed. Along the top of the screen, information about the next turn or driving direction is listed.
Looking Up Contact Entries, Businesses, Restaurants, Landmarks, and Points of Interest
One of the other primary uses of the Maps app is to find and display addresses, contacts, businesses, points of interest, or landmarks on a map screen. To do this, launch the Maps app, and in the Search for a Place or Address field, enter what you’re looking for.
The following are some things you can enter in this field:
A contact’s name from your Contact’s database. The Maps app looks up that contact’s address that’s stored in the Contacts app.
The specific name of any business or restaurant. (If it’s not nearby, type the business or restaurant name, followed by a comma, and then the city, state, and country). The Maps app looks up the business or restaurant’s address on the Internet, displays it, and gives you the option to receive directions to it.
The type of business or restaurant you’re looking for, such as a Chinese restaurant, seafood restaurant, bank, dry cleaner, or hospital. Enter a business or restaurant type to find nearby listings, or also include the city, state, and country to look up listings in other locations.
The name of a point of interest or landmark. This can include the name of a major airport, or a landmark, such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, The White House, The Golden Gate Bridge, London Eye, or Tower of London. You do not need to know the address for a point of interest. The Maps app maintains a vast database of them.
Any full address that you manually enter (that is, street, city, state, country). The name of a city, state, or country.
When looking up a famous landmark or popular city, you can often tap the Flyover Tour button to view a three-dimensional and animated virtual tour (from a visually impressive, helicopter-like viewing perspective).
Tap the Start City Tour button to begin the animated virtual tour or place your finger on the screen and drag it around to manually explore the city. While doing this, zoom in or out using the reverse-pinch or pinch finger gestures.
Using the Interactive Location Screens
Once search results are displayed, tap the desired result to view information pertaining to it that incorporates content from the Internet, Yelp!, and the Maps app. This information includes the phone number, address, website URL, hours of operation, and other information for that search result.
The information displayed depends on whether it’s a business, restaurant, point of interest, or tourist attraction. Photos (provided by other iPhone, iPad, and Yelp! users) are often displayed as well.
When applicable, text-based reviews and star-based ratings from other iPhone, iPad, or Yelp! users are displayed for that business, the point of interest, service, or restaurant.
If you look up information about a restaurant, the information screen features Yelp!-related information, including the type of food served, the menu price range (using dollar signs), the hours of operation, and potentially a website link that enables you to view the restaurant’s menu. You can also determine whether the restaurant delivers or accepts reservations.
If reservations are accepted, use the optional OpenTable app to make reservations online. Activate Siri and say, “Make a reservation for [number of people] for [day and time],” or initiate a call from an iPhone to the restaurant by tapping the phone number field. When applicable, the Info or Yelp! screen for a business also tells you whether Apple Pay is accepted at that location.
Quick Tips for Using the Maps App
The following are some additional tips for working with Maps:
When using the Maps app, your iPhone or iPad access the Internet extensively. This drains the device’s battery faster. If you often use this feature from your car, consider investing in a car charger that plugs into your car’s 12-volt or USB jack. This way, your iPhone’s/iPad’s battery remains charged (and can recharge) while it’s being used.
Using the Maps app for Navigation via a cellular data Internet connection requires a significant amount of wireless data usage. Using this feature depletes your monthly cellular data allocation unless you’re subscribed to an unlimited wireless service plan (or a plan with a generous amount of cellular data).
Also, if you’re using international roaming to access the Internet from abroad, using Maps with a cellular data connection can get very expensive.
Use iOS 11’s Handoff feature to switch from using your iPhone to your iPad or Mac (or vice versa) in conjunction with the Maps app, without having to re-enter information.
Take advantage of Siri to help you quickly find businesses, restaurants, points of interest, or acquire driving directions to or from your current location. When applicable, Siri automatically launches the Maps app and provides the appropriate information. For example, say, “Hey Siri, what time does the Apple Store in Boston close?”
On the screen, Siri displays the locations of Boston-area Apple Stores. Tap the desired location and then view the store’s detailed listing via the Maps app, which lists its hours of operation.
Then, tap the Directions button to launch the maps app and obtain turn-by-turn directions to that location, or tap the Call button to call the store.