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What’s Hey Siri, And How To Enable It on iPhone, iPad

Last updated: October 5, 2014 at 18:06 pm

Imagine you are driving a car and you are looking for directions. You can always look at your iPhone’s Apple’s Maps, but then there are a series of steps involved – first you have take the device in your hand, then unlock the screen, open the app, etc. A better solution, however, is to use “Siri” or “Hey Siri” on your Apple devices.

Hey Siri: What is It?

Both Siri and Hey Siri are voice-recognition assistants that listens to your commands and performs the task. As you use them often, these personal assistants will analyze your activity and offer personalized content.

To use Siri, you still have to take the phone in your hand and press the Home button.

To use Hey Siri, you don’t have to press any button on your iOS device. It activates automatically – you only have to talk, without having to touch the iPhone or iPad. In simple words, Hey Siri is a hands-free version of Siri.

However, your command should start with “Hey Siri.” For example, “Hey Siri, set an appointment at 10 o’clock”

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Talking to Hey Siri in iOS 8

Hey Siri: How Do I Enable It?

Note that Hey Siri works only on iOS 8 compatible devices. To Turn ON Hey Siri, follow these steps:

  • From your Apple device, go to Settings
  • Select General
  • Tap on Siri and enable “Allow Hey Siri”
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Hey Siri Settings in iOS 8

Remember: The only disadvantage of Hey Siri is that your device should be plugged into a power source. Reason for this is simple: By activating Hey Siri, you are essentially forcing it to run in the background 24/7. Any app that runs in the background continuously consumes battery life quickly.

In the future, we may possibly see an optimized version of Hey Siri that works without plugging the device into a charging port. For now, enjoy using this voice tool. Oh, it also clicks selfies when you say: “Hey Siri, take a selfie.”

Note: Articles written at iOS8release.com are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware