Tip of the Day: Siri Will Get You There Faster

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According to a survey by Intelligent Voice last fall, only 15 percent of iPhone users have used Siri in iOS7. If you're not already using Siri regularly, you should be. Why? Because Siri makes doing certain things on your iDevice so much faster.

For example, many of iPhone Life's Tips of the Day start by saying something like "Go to Settings>General>Accessibility." This requires you to open and scroll through two different menus. With Siri, all you have to do is say, "Siri, open Accessibility Settings." or Message Settings or Privacy Settings, you get the idea.

Other things that are much faster with Siri include:

Opening apps. This is especially true if you have a lot of apps and you want to open an app you don't use that often. Telling Siri to open the app saves you from thumbing through pages of apps or having to do a Spotlight search to find the app you want.

Setting alarms and reminders. With Siri there is no need to open an app and manually enter an appointment or reminder or alarm. Want to make sure you don't forget to call your sister? Ask Siri to remind you when you get home. Planning to start a new morning exercise routine? Ask Siri to set an alarm for 5 a.m. on weekdays. Later, you can tell Siri to turn it off and wake you at your normal time.

In place of typing. Long messages, emails, and Internet searches can all be done much faster by dictating to Siri. Just please don't be one of those people who does this in public all the time.

These are just some of the ways Siri can help you navigate your iPhone or iPad more quickly. Open Siri and tap on the '?' in the lower left corner for a longer list of ways Siri can make your life easier.


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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.