Hey Siri

How can I use my iPad hands-free?

iPad Pro

Episode 1542

Jude from Indiana

Jude wants to get a tablet and LTE access. Leo says she should get a tablet with LTE and buy an iPad from Apple. Android tablets are an option, but they're not nearly as good, or as elegant to use as the iPad.

How can she use it hands-free in her truck? She should make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and she can enable "Hey Siri". If she doesn't want her phone to respond to that command, then she should put it face down. Then just her iPad will answer to "Hey Siri".

Why does Siri sometimes not make phone calls?

Siri & Search in iPhone Settings

Episode 1424

Ron from Chatsworth, CA

Ron has an iPhone 7 and when he asks Siri to call someone, sometimes she gets it right, sometimes she doesn't because he has to unlock his phone first. Rich says that there are a couple of settings in the Siri tab that has to do with authorization and contacts. It has to do with privacy and security. He can enable "Allow Siri while locked" if the phone is locked. He can also go through the process of setting up his "Hey Siri" voice by disabling, and re-enabling Siri in Settings.

Why doesn't Hey Siri work on my iPhone?

iOS 10

Episode 1312

Mike from Portland, ME

Mike took Leo's advice and is recording with his iPhone. He also uses Hey Siri for turning on Do Not Disturb mode. But now Siri requires him to unlock the phone to enable Do Not Disturb. Leo says that an update may have closed a bug that allowed it. He should be able to access it via the lock screen. Welcome to the world of Apple where they know better than we do and make changes that we'll just have to learn to live with. It may also be that Mike is using the beta of iOS 10. Features will often not work in a beta.

Will the new iOS "Hey Siri" feature kill my battery?

iPhone 6 and iOS 8

Episode 1119

Daniel from Glendora, CA

Daniel wants to know how "Hey Siri" in iOS 8 can affect battery life. Leo says it always listens, so it's going to affect battery life, which is why it only works when the phone is plugged in. The good news is, he can turn it off. But it doesn't listen how he thinks it does -- it's comparing wave forms and if the wave form matches the wave form of "hey siri," then it wakes up. So it's not really eavesdropping on him, per se.