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Siri is a voice control system introduced with iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S.

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Can I make the "Hey Siri" popup go away without using my mouse/keyboard?

After saying "Hey Siri... do " I am always left with the Siri popup and have to press Escape or use the mouse to remove it: It seems odd a voice assistant requires manual input to dismiss ...
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Set default alarm app such that Siri alarm request is made in that app

How can I tell iphone OS to use a specific alarm clock app instead of default Clock app to for verbal request of 'set an alarm for 13:30'? (because default 9 minute snooze that can not be changed is ...
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'Hey Siri' becomes unresponsive when asking to text a contact

I recently noticed that my 'Hey Siri' started to become unresponsive when asking it to text a contact. I use this service almost 40 times a day as I am a disabled person with limited use of hands. ...
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How to command siri to start recording my voice?

On an iPad Pro with iPadOS 15.0.2, how do I tell Siri to start recording my voice? When I say “Siri, record a voice memo”, it opens voice memo, but I still need to push the record button for the ...
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How do I get Siri to recognise devices that work in Home.app

I have various Homekit devices that all work with the Home app and until the last week they worked with Siri voice commands. Now Siri can't find them with voice commands, this chnage probably ...
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Facetime audio call contact via Siri

I want to use facetime audio to call a contact via Siri, so I say "Call Contactname". However the contact is called via regular phone call. Is it possible to change the functionality of &...
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Skip to Nth Track in Apple Music playlist

I have created a very long playlist in Apple Music. I would like to tell Siri (or use a Shortcut of some sort) to skip to the 10th, 20th, 50th, etc. song so I can mix up where I join the playlist. Is ...
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Sony WF-1000XM3 - turn off the voice assistant

Using a Sony bluetooth WF-1000XM3 headset on iOS15. I hate the voice assistant on this headset. It has called several people without my knowledge, random people in my contacts. Pressing the right ear ...
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Can I enable "Hey Siri" only when using AirPods?

I have "Hey Siri" turned on so I can use my phone hands-free when my AirPods are in (if I'm running, washing dishes, etc.). But I'd prefer not to have it listening all the time. Is there a ...
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How to ask Siri to do timezone conversion?

For example, "What's 9PM Eastern Standard Time in Central Time?"
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Pressing Siri button on Apple TV 4K brings up a keyboard rather than listening for command

On our older Apple TV 4K, pressing the Siri button brings up the swirling color ball as Siri listens and then immediately executes my verbal command. On our newer refreshed Apple TV 4K model, pressing ...
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Can I set a default "lights" per device in the Home app so that controlling the lights is more like on Star Trek (TNG)?

I use a few old phones permanently installed in different rooms with "Hey Siri" enabled. I have one home device whose name is just "lights" for the living room lights. It's the ...
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How can I test a Siri Remote (without an Apple TV)?

I just got a new Siri Remote, intended to be used to advance Keynote slides with SiriMote. I tried pairing it with my MacBook Air, and it doesn't show up in the BlueTooth control panel no matter what....
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Is there a way to stop the HomePod timer alarm remotely?

I have many HomePod mini (at least one in every room/corridor). And after I went upstair to my bedroom I noticed the downstair HomePod mini (assuming in the living room) got triggered by it’s timer or ...
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Siri fails to execute a shortcut, throws an error

I'm having troubles executing Shortcuts with Siri. It seems like Siri/Shortcuts doesn't have full disk access or something similar. I create a shortcut with a name "Showcase" see image below....
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How do I ask Siri to tell me what my next Outlook appointment is (just MacBook/MacOS solution, no iPhone)

On my company laptop, all my meetings are in Outlook. How do I ask Siri to tell me what my next Outlook appointment is? I have no iPhone and using the Apple Calendar app is not an option. (because ...
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Escape button, Siri and possibly other features stop working after waking 2021 Macbook Pro

This does not happen every time my Macbook goes to sleep, but sometimes, I find that the escape button and Siri have stopped functioning after waking up. It goes back to normal after restarting. ...
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Using Apple Siri remote with Windows

I was wondering if there is a way to use the new Siri remote with Windows. There are solutions for macOS such as Sirimote, but I obviously can't use that. The remote works with Bluetooth, so it should ...
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Siri Shortcuts error - I'm trying to run an Applescript that uses "System Events"

I'm trying to run an Applescript that centers the window with focus. The shortcut works well, but when I try to use voice command with Siri a "System Event" error occurs, apparently Siri ...
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What does the "Learn from this App" setting mean in "Siri & Search"?

Most apps have a "Siri & Search" section with a setting called "Learn from this App". I have three questions regarding this setting. What does this setting mean? What ...
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Where is Siri finding this event?

I wrote this email to my sister earlier this week. However, it shows that "Siri found an event." Not only that, it found a time. How did this happen? For context, here's the email. (I didn't ...
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Strange issue with speech recognition on iOS 15.1 (and earlier)

My speech recognition doesn’t work, so Siri only hears part of what I say (the first word or 2) and when I try to dictate a message or text, same problem. However, when I test the audio using the ...
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Why does Siri sometimes show me two copies of the same app?

When I say "Hey Siri launch Amazon Music" it frequently shows me two - seemingly identical - results and asks "which do you mean?" I cannot find a 2nd copy any other way and this ...
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What does ContextStoreAgent do, and how can its database errors be fixed?

On my macOS 11.5.2 (Big Sur) system, the logs are full of the following error reported by a process called ContextStoreAgent: CoreData: PostSaveMaintenance: performPostSaveTasks threw something (1). ...
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What may be preventing iOS 15 rich web search results from being shown in Spotlight?

After upgrading to iOS 15 on my iPhone 12 mini, I was expecting to see rich results from the web in Spotlight, as in this example from an AppleInsider article: However, when I search for something ...
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Why can I no longer command Siri "go to sleep?"

I have been saying "hey Siri go to sleep" as I leave my home office every day since I got my iMac Retina a few weeks back. Today I got these responses: I haven't changed any settings, is it ...
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Asking for set colors for smart lights via Siri

I recently got "Smart Light Bulbs" and am trying to control them with Siri. In the Home app I have a pleasant off white bright color selected. Strangely in the app it looks strongly orange ...
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Siri Keeps Trying to Redirect Me to Asana When I Edit a Note

Having trouble with Siri. It keeps thinking that editing a note (from the default Notes app) somehow involves the Asana app: Me: "Siri, edit note" Siri: "What would you like it to say?...
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Hey Siri takes about 5s to appear, used to be instant

I'm on a brand new iMac Retina 27". When I first set it up, I turned on Siri expecting not to use it, but found it actually useful. When I said "Hey Siri" the popup appeared virtually ...
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Podcasts on HomePod - The timestamp I'm up to resets between plays

I used to have Google Homes but due to several reasons have replaced with HomePods. One of my use cases is to play podcasts in the kitchen (or wherever I am). The homepod is not remembering where i ...
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Siri won't send message to group

Since the last two updates (iOS 14.7 and 14.7.1) I am experiencing what it seems to be a small bug with Siri on my iPhone XR: Command: "Siri, send a message to A and B" Expected behavior: ...
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Asking Siri what is the weather

I use a Homepod on iOS 14.7 (and 14.6) I say "hey Siri what is the weather" Siri pauses and then replies "You need to continue on the companion device" I go to the device an Iphone ...
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Why can’t I turn on “Allow Siri When Locked” in iPhone 11 settings?

I’m on an iPhone 11 Pro Max with iOS 14.6. When I go to Settings, Siri and Search, the “Allow Siri When Locked” setting is disabled. I verified I’m not in Low Power Mode, and I have Face ID and a ...
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What should I tell Siri to set up a reminder on Wednesday at 3pm with text "Team meeting is tomorrow at 4pm"

These phrases and variations don't work: Hey Siri, remind me on Wednesday at 3 pm about a meeting tomorrow at 4pm Hey Siri, remind me about tomorrow's 4pm Team meeting on Wednesday at 3pm. ... What ...
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Can't control Siri setting for individual HomePod mini speakers in a pair

I have a two HomePod minis that are combined as a stereo pair, but I'm not able to control the settings for Siri in one of them (the one I added second to the pair as part of the process of adding it ...
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CarPlay starts playing music after activating Siri even if no music was playing before

This issue has been driving me nuts: if I listen to music or a podcast, pause it, and then activate Siri using “Hey Siri,” the moment the Siri interaction ends it resumes playing the music/podcast, ...
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How to disable Siri?

I disabled it in Siri & Search settings and also in Youtube-specific Siri settings. However, the damn thing pops out every few sec when I’m watching Youtube in my headphones that also have a mic. ...
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How do I prevent apps from suggesting functionality shortcuts in searches on iOS?

In various contexts (all Siri related as far as I can tell), such as when I search for an app, iOS suggests links to functionality of apps I use frequently (e.g. show a weather forecast, or show next ...
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Auto toggle Siri language on iOS

Is there a way to create an iOS shortcut that toggles the Siri language between two (or more?) languages? This would involve opening System preferences selecting Siri & Search, selecting Language, ...
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How to combine text items in a Siri Shortcut without skipping a joining character when a value is empty?

I am creating a tab-delimited file from reminders. Not every item in every reminder has a value, so I expected that some rows would have 2 tab characters next to one another, but instead, I'm seeing ...
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Plain text agenda formatting recognition by Siri

I will be hosting a small conference and want to send an email to participants containing a full agenda as plain text or in form of a short pdf as an attachment. I wanted to format it that way that ...
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How to get siri to "Play my radio station"?

In general, when using Apple Music my most common option is to play "my radio station". I.e., this is a radio station made by Apple Music that incorporates my preferences and listening ...
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How do I silence Siri on my HomePod mini?

By default, Siri on HomePod mini comes enabled and very loud, and the minimum volume (as far as I can tell) is irritatingly loud. In fact, the whole talkback from Siri (confirming commands, etc.) is ...
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How to make iPhone/Siri start timing?

I want to start a stopwatch to time how long something takes. There are many posts on count down timers (a.k.a egg timer) but none cover a way to start a count-up timer (a.k.a stopwatch) using Siri ...
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How to automatically type pre-defined text with a simple command on IOS?

On IOS 14.4 or above, is there any way to automate/simulate the process of entering text into the currently focused textfield, (even a password textfield)? In an ideal world, with the text cursor ...
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Is it possible to train iMessage dictation to avoid certain errors?

When I dictate, iMessage does not recognize plurals most of the time but creates a possessive instead, even when the grammar is unambiguous. I will say something like "it has useful features"...
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How do I change the text size of result displayed via Siri Shortcuts?

If I ask Siri for e.g. the price of bitcoin, it shows a nicely formatted text like down below With Shortcuts, I can display a dialog with arbitrary content, with the "Display Result" action....
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"Enable Siri" window keeps popping up in mac OS Catalina

I've recently got a MacBook Pro 2019 running macOS Catalina. Doing some initial setup, I've disabled Siri. However, a really annoying window keeps popping up, at unpredictable time intervals (sometime ...
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Get directions by nickname in Siri

Asking Siri to get Maps directions to someone’s address, is it possible somehow to refer to the relevant contact by its nickname (as its defined in the Contacts app) instead of by long first and last ...
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What is ~/Library/VoiceTrigger/SAT ? Part of Siri?

What is this thing that we're not even allowed to look at? sudo ls -late@ ~/Library/VoiceTrigger Password: ls: SAT: Operation not permitted total 0 drwxrwxr-x 88 WGroleau staff 2816 Feb 18 15:34 .. ...
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