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10+ Siri tips to help you work at home


If you’re following the science of COVID-19 you’re likely still working at home. So how can Apple’s Siri help you get that work done?

Here’s a handful of tasks you can request from Apple’s voice-based assistant, with a couple of useful Mac-only suggestions:

Open an app

The best and easiest way to open any application on any Apple platform that supports Siri is Siri. Just ask it to “Open [app name].” It’s that simple.

Send a Message, text or email

You can ask Siri to send an email to a named person, so long as they are listed among your contacts. Just say: “Send an email to [person] saying [dictate short message].” You can send texts, too. Just say, “Send a text….”

You can send short messages the same way; just replace the word “email” with “Message.” Siri will tell you if you have new emails and read the name and subject line for you if you wish, but I usually find that takes more time than looking for myself. Finally, if you’ve paired your Mac with your iPhone, you can use Siri to make a call via your Mac.

Who is calling, please?

Siri will tell you who is calling as long as they are included within your Contacts book. Set this up in Settings>Phone>Announce Calls.

Start a FaceTime call or schedule a Zoom meeting

Just ask Siri to start a FaceTime call with (named person). You can also ask Siri to “Schedule a Zoom meeting on Friday at 3pm with [name].” Useful.

Take a Note

Do you use Notes? Siri will let you open and create a new Note. Just say, “Create a note that says….” This is such a useful tool if you’re trying to stay focused in the application you are working in, but have an idea you want to take note of – just ask Siri to help.

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