Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to use Siri, the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done. Siri can send your messages, place calls, make dinner reservations, and more. 

Get started

Go to Settings > General > Siri and make sure that Siri is turned on. You’ll need an Internet connection through Wi-Fi or cellular data with one of these devices:

  • iPhone 4s or later
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air or later
  • iPad (3rd generation) or later
  • iPad mini or later
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or later

Cellular data charges might apply.


Ask Siri a question

You can ask Siri to find directions, answer questions, send messages, and much more. There are several ways to talk to Siri:

Use the Home button

Hold down the Home button until a message asks, "What can I help you with?" Then say what you need. 

Say, "Hey Siri"

Plug your device in to power and say, “Hey Siri.” Then ask your question. 

With iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, you can use “Hey Siri” without plugging in to power. Learn more about "Hey Siri," like how to set up the feature.

Talk to Siri with your headset or in your car

  • If you're using a headset that has a remote, hold down the center button or call button until you hear a chime. Then say what you need.
  • If you're in a vehicle that supports CarPlay or Eyes Free, you can hold down the voice-command button on your steering wheel. Then say what you need.

Tell Siri to set a reminder that's based on your location

Since Siri can use Location Services to track places like your location, home, or workplace, you can ask for help based on location:

  1. On your iOS device, check that Location Services is on under Settings > Privacy > Location Services. 
  2. Then ask Siri for location-related help. For example, you can say, "Remind me to call my wife when I leave the office," or "Find a nearby Sushi restaurant." 

Information about your location isn't tracked or stored outside of your iPhone.

Turn "Hey Siri" on or off and personalize the feature

To ask questions without pressing the Home button first, plug your device in to power and turn on "Hey Siri.” With iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, you can use this feature without plugging in to power. 

  1. Go to Settings > General > Siri. 
  2. Turn on Allow "Hey Siri."
  3. In iOS 9 or later, follow the onscreen prompts to make your voice more recognizable for "Hey Siri."* This lowers the chance that other people will accidentally activate Siri on your device.  

You can turn off "Hey Siri" in Settings > General > Siri. In iOS 9 or later, you can also temporarily disable "Hey Siri" by setting your device face down.

*Information about your voice isn't tracked or stored outside of your iOS device. You can remove this information by turning off “Hey Siri.” 

Change Siri’s voice or language

  • You can change Siri's voice under Settings > General > Siri > Voice Gender.
  • To change Siri's language, tap Settings > General > Siri > Language. Choose from the list of languages that Siri speaks and understands:* English (Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, U.S.); Spanish (Mexico, Spain, U.S.); French (Canada, France, Switzerland); German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland); Italian (Italy, Switzerland); Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan); Norwegian (Norway); Cantonese (Hong Kong); Swedish (Sweden); Danish (Denmark); Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands); Russian (Russia); Turkish (Turkey); Thai (Thailand); Portuguese (Brazil).

You can use Siri in any country, with any of the supported languages. Since Siri is designed to recognize accents and dialects of the supported countries, Siri's accuracy rate will be highest for native speakers. Learn which Siri features are supported in which countries.

Get help with Siri

  • If "Hey Siri" isn't working, make sure that "Hey Siri" is turned on under Settings > General > Siri.
  • Siri might say, "Sorry, I'm having trouble connecting to the network," or "Try again in a little while." This is probably a network issue. Check your Internet connection and try again later.
  • If Siri isn't available or responding to questions, see the next section.

If Siri isn't available, or doesn't understand or respond to questions

After each step, see if you still need help:

  1. Make sure that your iOS device has an Internet connection through Wi-Fi or cellular data.
  2. On your iOS device, make sure that Siri is turned on under Settings > General > Siri. 
  3. Restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  4. On your iOS device, go to Settings > General > Siri and turn off Siri. Then turn it on again.
  5. Make sure that the microphones on your device aren't blocked. For example, if your device has a protective case, remove it. 
  6. If you're using an iOS device, try to use Siri with a headset. If Siri works, get more help with the microphones on your device.
  7. Contact Apple Support.

If Siri doesn't make a sound when you hold down the Home button

On your iPad or iPod touch, Siri will chime when it's time to ask a question. If you have an iPhone with iOS 9 or later, Siri will vibrate instead. You'll only hear the chime on your iPhone with iOS 9 or later when you're using headphones.

Siri will also chime when you use "Hey Siri" on a device with iOS 9.

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