Have you ever wanted to just tell your iPhone/iPad to activate Siri to perform a task?  Now you can.

This week’s Tech Tip Tuesday will show you how to set up your iDevice (iPhone/iPad) to have Siri listen for your voice and respond automatically.

A couple of notes: (1) You must have iOS8 installed; and (2) you must have the iDevice plugged into a power source.

So, what is “Hey Siri”?

“Hey Siri” allows you to say “Hey Siri” and then the command.  When enabled, your iPhone is “listening” for this cue (which could explain why it has to be plugged in to work).  Once your iPhone hears the words “Hey Siri,” it will activate Siri, just like you pressed the Home button.

Let’s say you have you have your iPhone plugged in.  You could say “Hey Siri,” wait for Siri to beep, and then say “call the office.”  Siri will dial the office for you.

Or, “Hey Siri,” text Steve Smith to meet me at the coffee shop.

Here’s how you set it up.

Open Settings

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Tap General


Tap Siri









Switch “Hey Siri” to On

Allow "Hey Siri"









Note, if you haven’t used Siri yet, make sure you have “My Info” connected to your contact card.

How do you use Siri?

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