With the help of Siri on your iPhone, you can listen to and reply to text messages without ever looking at or touching your iPhone’s screen. This can be useful when cycling or running, or just quicker than typing. Setting up your contacts correctly can help.
Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s look at using Siri to send and receive text messages on your iPhone.
Sometimes I’m asked if I really use Siri. I say, “Sure I do, all the time.” Then I tell them how and they confess they didn’t even know Siri could do this. See with Siri it is easy to read a text message and reply to a text message without ever having to look at or tap your screen. As a matter of fact you can leave your iPhone in your pocket.
For instance when I am biking I have my headphones on, I’m listening to an audiobook or music and I can hear that a text message comes in. I can ask Siri to read it to me and then I can reply to it without ever breaking stride.
So let’s say I’m riding along and I get a text message. Here’s the screen on my iPhone but my iPhone is in my pocket. I’ve got my headphones in so I can hear when a text message comes and I can reply to it using the microphone in the headphones.
So I’ll hear that sound and I’ll use the microphone in my headphones to ask Siri “Read me that message.” You have a message from Joe Smith, are we meeting for lunch today?. You can reply or read it again. Reply. What do you want to say to Joe Smith. Yes, see you at noon. I updated your message. Ready to send it? Yes. Okay I’ll send it.
So the key of course is using the headphones. With the button here and the microphone on it I can reply just using the microphone here and usually just by letting it hang while you are walking or riding. It picks up your voice just fine and you can use Siri that way.
You can also use this to initiate text messaging. So you want to message somebody you can simply bring your hand up and press and hold for a second or so and then you will hear the little Siri tone and you can start a text message conversation that way.
“Send a text message to Joe Smith.” What do you want to say to Joe Smith. “Can we meet for lunch tomorrow instead?” I updated your message. Ready to send it? Yes. Okay I’ll send your message.
Now Siri can also do things in different ways. For instance a really quick shortcut to be able to send a text message to somebody is to just do it as one command.
“Tell Joe Smith I’ll be there soon.” Here’s your message to Joe Smith. Ready to send it? Yes.
For this to work best you want to make sure your Contacts are good. You go into your Contacts and for instance make sure of course that either their phone number for text messaging or their iMessage email address is there. Then also when you edit you can go down to Add Field and make sure maybe to do a phonetic first name and phonetic last name if Siri has trouble understanding you when you say their name.
Or add a nickname that you can call them and Siri will understand that nickname. For instance you can add say “wife” for your wife and then you can say send a text message to my wife.
Of course we can debate whether or not this is safe or not or whether it violates some State’s texting while driving laws. But if you are listening to your iPhone already while driving in the car and you have it connected via Bluetooth or a USB connection you can use Siri to read a text message you just got in which can give you a clue whether or not it is important enough to pullover and answer the text message then or simply wait until you get to your destination to answer the text message.
Hope you found this useful. Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.