How to Set Up "Hey Siri"

How to Set Up "Hey Siri"

The "Hey Siri" feature, which has been available since iOS 8, allows you to get Siri's attention just by saying "Hey Siri" — but only if you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus or if your older iPhone or iPad is plugged in to a power source. I really like this feature, but unfortunately, it never worked for me. I could say "Hey Siri" with different intonations and volume levels, and Siri would respond maybe 20 percent of the time. I gave up. Now that I'm using this feature in iOS 9, I'm happy to report that so far it's worked perfectly. "Hey Siri" is turned off by default in iOS 9, so if you want to use this feature, you'll need to turn it on and to go through a brief setup procedure.

To set up "Hey Siri" in iOS 9, go to Settings > General > Siri. In the screen that appears, turn on "Allow 'Hey Siri.'" 

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Your iPhone or iPad will then have you briefly train it to recognize when you say "Hey Siri." You'll be asked three times to say "Hey Siri."

Then you'll be asked  to say a couple phrases: "Hey Siri, how's the weather today?" and "Hey Siri, it's me."

Then you'll get a screen saying "'Hey Siri' Is Ready" and explaining that your device needs to be plugged in to the power source (the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not need to be plugged in to use the Hey Siri feature). Tap "Done," and you'll now be ready to use the feature.

Note that you don't need to be plugged in to a power source during this setup procedure.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.