Are you underutilizing Siri? We asked our Facebook fans about their favorite uses for Siri on their iPhone/iPad/Mac. Most people referred to the basic uses like using Siri to set a timer, but that little voice in your iDevice is capable of a lot more! Here’s David’s Top 11 (we couldn’t come up with a clean number like “10”) favorite Siri tricks.

About Smart Home Products
There’s a ton of different products in your home that can now be controlled by Siri. Here are a few of my favorites

1. Lights. When it comes to lights, the two “big dogs” are Philips Hue and LIFX. I own both and after owning both for over a year now, I significantly prefer LIFX. Why? The colors are more vibrant, the LIFX app just does more than Philips Hue, and now that they’re able to communicate with via HomeKit, there is no down-side that I can think of. LIFX bulbs also don’t require a hub (unlike Hue). LIFX makes several kinds of smart lights. This link will take you to all of them: http://amzn.to/2qWeHWW

2. Thermostat – While I wish I could use this one myself, unfortunately, I have electric heat (and no smart thermostats work with electric heat). There’s several popular models. Here’s a few:
Nest: http://amzn.to/2ps9WTu
Ecobee2: http://amzn.to/2q2YiAA
Honeywell (lest expensive) http://amzn.to/2qnBChr

3. Wall Outlets. (CORRECTION: The WeMo only works with Amazon Echo aka Alexa however I also have a link below to one which does work with HomeKit aka your iPhone) I personally own two Belkin WeMo units. These allow you to plug in any kind of appliance and then be able to control it remotely. Make sure to set the device into the “on” position so that it can be controlled via the smart plug.

WeMo Link: http://amzn.to/2qWty3r
KooGeek (works with Homekit) http://amzn.to/2ps2Xdp

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25 Comments

  1. M locascio

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Wow, I did not even know that Reminders has a feature where you can add lists! Thank you so much for mentioning that. It's a great help!

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  2. Lynda Criswell

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    It would be great if we could print these great tips! Can we?

    Reply

  3. JustMe Harris

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I know its been a year, But are Battery cases a good alternative to your iphone 6 battery drain ? My iphone 6 can be setting on my desk at work with no use and go from 100% to 15% by lunch time noon or 1:00. I have done everything except the DFU reset.

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  4. J F

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    If you really need Siri to work out 20% of a restaurant bill then you aught to go back to school and learn some basic maths rather than call yourself a tech guy. Besides, 'tech guy' is so very, very uncool! Finally, asking Siri to do calculations is not really a "Siri TRICK" is it?……….it is more like just a very basic Siri functionality. I hope that the remaining 10 'tricks' are better…..

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  5. Oscar Greene

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I Enjoy Learning from you < Great job well done My Friend

    Reply

  6. MEGHANAD GANPULE

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Nicely expressed

    Reply

  7. Jeremy Keating

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Hi David. Why can't Siri perform a simple function like answering a phone call while I am driving? (I don't want to touch the phone) For eg.: "hey Siri answer phone" or "hey Siri answer phone on speaker".. Siri can read a text message to me while I'm driving so why can't it do this? Siri can't seem to be activated while the incoming call is ringing. I do however know about accessibility > auto answer calls but I don't want to be switching this on and off all the time. I guess I could switch it on for the car and have it set to speaker mode as well. I'll try it anyway. What would you do? ps: Great videos keep them coming – I am ADHD too ;p

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  8. Jeremy Keating

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Apple should have a separate shopping list app. My reminders app seems to confuse my shopping list and just general reminders.

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  9. Garry S

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Mate, You are just awesome. You should do a show here in Melbourne. People will love you man.

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  10. Anonymous Seven

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    THANK YOU

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  11. sharon 6

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    How many watches this video on an Android phone .like me

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  12. Travis Warner

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Hey Siri spell word is great. She defines the word but then verbally spells it out slow enough to type it in an email for example. Works wonderfully!
    Saying hey Siri and then “saying go away” if you decided to manually do what you were going to ask Siri to do saves you from dealing with Siri thinking you wanted something you haven’t said yet.

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  13. wolfgangproductions7

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Hey Siri is David A Cox single…. lol ❤️

    Reply

  14. Jock Tiernan

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Some comments are made by morons – siri saves lives – no text is worth a life – http://textanddie.mitzuka.com

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  15. James Kelly

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I learned not to have Siri refer to me as stud muffin. Unfortunately that was after sharing my contact info to a friend of the family. I changed it back in my contacts, but she kept it for laughs.

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  16. Joseph Quam

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Hey David. Great episode. Can you think of any reason I'm not getting a notification when I set a reminder? I hear no sound, receive no vibrate…nothing. I can set the reminder and forget all about it because my phone doesn't remind me. The reminder just sits in my Reminder app. Thoughts?

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  17. Squalley

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Did you know that Siri can beatbox?

    Reply

  18. Peter Young

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Top A1 !!!

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  19. jerry barnett

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Don’t see a list of control items below you lesson

    Reply

  20. Chang Noi

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Small problem with callling 911 is Siri may not recognize your voice after a stroke. Your tongue immediately swells so you sound like you have a sock in your mouth. Then again you may not be able to talk at all or ever again.

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  21. Alexey

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    My top choice of use for Siri is setting timer when I cook pasta. Second choice is asking to call someone when I'm riding motorcycle. BTW, Siri still doesn't recognize Russian language as good as English. Hope apple will fix this

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  22. Colorado Liab

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    This was so helpful. I have someone who just went blind. These suggestions will help! Thanks!

    Reply

  23. Eng Yeo

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Why is red YouTube make it so difficult to cancel red tube subscription. Why make it so difficult and force me to use the red you rube channel against my wishes

    Reply

  24. Eng Yeo

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Siri cancel my red tube subscription

    Reply

  25. Moises Corral

    October 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

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