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I'd like Siri to add a timestamp -- I'm not too fussy about the exact format -- of the current day and time to the end of one of my notes in the Notes app. She can find the note just fine, but takes me too literally:

"Add the current date and time to my UFO Sightings note"

Okay, I updated your note:

UFO Sightings
Jun 3 11:18
Jun 5 11:28
The current date and time

In hopes of getting some guidance, I then tried

"Can you add a timestamp to one of my notes?"

She asked which one, and when I told her, she cheerfully replied

Okay, I updated your note:

UFO Sightings
Jun 3 11:18
Jun 5 11:28
The current date and time
A timestamp

I asked about her capabilities in general, too, and got a list of example commands, but it didn't seem exhaustive at all:

Is there a command I haven't been able to find? I'm willing to use this as an excuse to finally buy TextExpander (or similar) if necessary, though I'd prefer a built-in method.

I'm on an iPhone 5s running iOS 8.3.

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No, this is not currently possible using Siri. If on iOS 12 a Shortcut can be made by downloading the Shortcuts app from the App Store.

You can then make this Shortcut:

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You can format the date and time as you wish. You can record a phrase for Siri to copy this to the clipboard. After this you’ll need to manually paste it in the note.


Images from https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250089354

  • Nice! I had forgotten about this question, but in fact I used Workflow (predecessor to Shortcuts) to achieve my goal. I used a different notes app that has a URL scheme allowing appending to a specific named note. – Josh Caswell Mar 13 at 16:17
  • @JoshCaswell cool! I’ll keep my answer here in case it helps anyone. PS: Why don’t you post an answer as to what you did to help someone else with a similar problem? – user310476 Mar 13 at 17:04

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