Continuity Tips

Use Continuity to connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac

Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iOS devices and your Mac, or use them together.

Continuity on Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Continuity features include Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, SMS, and Instant Hotspot. For example, you can start an email or document on your iPhone and pick up where you left off on your iPad. Or you can use your iPad or Mac to make and receive phone calls through your iPhone.

Before you begin

To use Continuity, check that your iOS device or Mac meets the system requirements for this feature.

Handoff

With Handoff, you can start a document, email, or message on one device and pick up where you left off from another device. Handoff works with Apple apps like Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Some third-party apps are also compatible.

Set up Handoff

  • Check that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  • Turn on Bluetooth on all of your devices and connect them to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Make sure that your devices are near each other.

Use Handoff

  1. On one of your devices, open a compatible app, like Mail or Pages.
  2. Use the app to start a task, like writing an email or a document.
  3. Then you can switch to a different iOS device or Mac. If you switch to a Mac, you can press Command-Tab to pick up where you left off, or you can click the app icon in your Dock:
    Continuity in the Dock on a Mac
    If you switch to a different iOS device, there are two ways to pick up where you left off:
Continuity on iPhoneYou can swipe up from the bottom-left edge of the Lock screen, where you see the app’s activity icon mail icon in iOS  . 
Find Continuity app on multitasking screen of iPhoneOr if you aren’t on the Lock screen, double-click the Home button. On the multitasking screen that appears, tap the banner at the bottom of your screen.

Turn off Handoff

If you want to turn off Handoff on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps. Then turn off Handoff.

On your Mac, go to System Preferences > General. Then uncheck the Allow Handoff setting.

iPhone Cellular Calls

With Continuity, make or receive calls from iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

With Continuity, you can make and receive cellular phone calls from your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac when your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network.

Your carrier might support Wi-Fi calling on other devices. If so, you can set up your Mac and other iOS devices to make and receive calls even when your iPhone isn’t on or nearby. 

Set up iPhone Cellular Calls

  • You need iOS 8 or later on your iOS devices and OS X Yosemite or later on your Mac.
  • Check that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  • Use the same Wi-Fi network on all of your devices.
  • Sign in to FaceTime with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. This means any device that shares your Apple ID will get your phone calls. If you don’t want to receive calls on your other devices, learn what to do.

Make a call or answer a call

  • To make a phone call on your Mac, find a contact’s phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari. Hover over the number and click the phone icon that appears to the right of the number.
  • To make a phone call on your iPad or iPod touch, tap or click a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari.
  • On your iPad or iPod touch, you can slide to answer a phone call. On your Mac, a notification appears when someone calls your iPhone. Then you can answer the call, send it to voicemail, or send the caller a message, right from your Mac.

Turn off iPhone Cellular Calls

To turn off iPhone cellular calls on your iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > FaceTime and turn off iPhone Cellular Calls.

On your Mac, open the FaceTime app and go to FaceTime > Preferences. Click Settings and deselect the iPhone Cellular Calls option.

SMS

With Continuity, send text messages from your Mac, iPad, or iPod touch

With Continuity, all the SMS and MMS text messages that you send and receive on your iPhone can also appear on your Mac, iPad, and iPod touch. You can also reply to your contacts from whichever device is closest to you, including your iPad or Mac.

You can start a conversation in the Messages app or click a phone number in Safari, Contacts, or Calendar.

Set up SMS and MMS with Continuity

  1. You need iOS 8 or later on your iOS devices and OS X Yosemite or later on your Mac.
  2. Sign in to iMessage with the same Apple ID on your iPhone, your other iOS devices, and your Mac.
  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Add a check to both your phone number and email address. Then go to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding and enable the device or devices that you want to forward messages to.
  4. Look for a code on the Mac, iPad, or iPod touch that you enabled. Then enter this verification code on your iPhone.

 

Instant Hotspot

With Continuity, you can use Instant Hotspot on your iPhone to provide Internet to other devices

With Instant Hotspot, you can use Personal Hotspot on your iOS device to provide Internet access to your other devices, without having to enter your password.

Set up Personal Hotspot

Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on each of your devices. Then check that your cellular provider has provisioned Personal Hotspot.

Use Personal Hotspot

  • You can use Personal Hotspot on one iOS device to provide Internet to another iOS device: For example, to get online on your iPad through Personal Hotspot on your iPhone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi on your iPad. Then tap the network under Personal Hotspots that’s named for your iPhone.
  • You can also use Personal Hotspot on your iOS device to provide Internet to your Mac: Go to the Wi-Fi menu at the top of your Mac screen. Then select the network named for your iOS device.

System requirements for Continuity on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac

Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, or use them together. You can use Continuity features on the devices listed below.

Continuity features include Handoff, Instant Hotspot, Phone Calling, and SMS. Here are the device requirements by feature.

Handoff and Instant Hotspot

Handoff and Instant Hotspot are supported by the following Mac models, and require OS X Yosemite or later:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
  • iMac (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Handoff is supported by the following iOS devices and requires iOS 8 or later. Instant Hotspot requires one of these iPhone or iPad devices with cellular connectivity and iOS 8.1 or later. Instant Hotspot also requires Personal Hotspot service through your carrier.

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Air or later
  • iPad mini or later
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or later

Phone calling

This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 8.1 or later and an activated carrier plan. You can make and receive calls through your iPhone using Continuity on other iOS devices with iOS 8 or later, and on any Mac with OS X Yosemite or later.

If your Mac doesn’t include a built-in microphone (Mac mini, Mac Pro), you need to connect an external microphone or headset to make phone calls using this feature.

SMS

This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 8.1 or later and an activated carrier plan. You can send and receive and SMS messages through your iPhone using Continuity on other iOS devices with iOS 8 or later, and on any Mac with OS X Yosemite or later.

 

Error 53

ios-logo1If you see error 53 or can‘t update or restore your iPhone or iPad

Follow these steps to get help updating or restoring your iPhone or iPad.

If your iOS device has Touch ID, iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor matches your device’s other components during an update or restore. This check keeps your device and the iOS features related to Touch ID secure.When iOS finds an unidentified or unexpected Touch ID module, the check fails. For example, an unauthorized or faulty screen replacement could cause the check to fail.If the check on Touch ID fails, your update won’t finish. You’ll see a Connect to iTunes screen on your device or a message like this in iTunes on your computer: The iPhone [device name] could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (53).

Follow these steps

  1. Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Force restart your device.
  3. Try to restore your device again.
  4. If you still see error 53 when you try to restore your device, contact Apple Support. If the restore won’t finish and you see a different error code, learn what to do.

Get help with iOS update and restore errors

Learn how to solve specific iOS update and restore errors.

When you update or restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in iTunes, you might see this message: “The iPhone [device name] could not be restored. An unknown error occurred [error number].”Before you try the steps below, go through the basic steps to resolve iOS update and restore errors in iTunes.

Find your error number

If you tried the basic steps and still see the error message, click your error number and follow the advanced steps below.

123469101112131416172021232627282934353637405356
1002100410111012101310141015
1600160116021603160416111638, 1643-165016671669
200120022005200620093002300430133014301531943200
4005401340149006

Solve network errors

Errors: 17, 1638, 3014, 3194, 3000, 3002, 3004, 3013, 3014, 3015, 3194, 3200. You might also see these alert messages:

  • “There was a problem downloading the software.”
  • “The device isn’t eligible for the requested build.”

These alerts mean that your computer is either having difficulty contacting the Apple update server or communicating with your device.

Check your computer for software or settings that might cause communication issues between your computer and Apple or between your computer and your device.

If you still see the error message, check your security software.

Check your security software

Errors: 2, 4, 6, 9, 1611, 9006.

Sometimes security software can stop your device from communicating with either the Apple update server or with your device.

Check your security software and settings to make sure that they aren’t blocking a connection to the Apple servers.

If you still see the error message, check for USB connection issues.

Check your USB connections

Errors: 13, 14, 1600, 1601, 1602, 1603, 1604, 1611, 1643-1650, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 4005, 4013, 4014. You might also see a message that includes “invalid response.”

If the USB connection between your device and computer is interrupted, you might not be able to update or restore.

To narrow down the issue, try different equipment:

If you still see the error message, check for hardware issues.

Check for hardware issues

Errors: 1, 3, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 53, 56, 1002, 1004, 1011, 1012, 1014, 1667, or 1669.

Your device or computer might have a hardware issue that stops the update or restore from completing.

  1. Check that your security software and settings aren’t blocking your device from communicating with the Apple update server.
  2. Then try to restore your iOS device two more times while connected with a cable, computer, and network you know are good.
  3. Make sure that your security software and settings are allowing communication between your device and update servers.
  4. If you still see the error message when you update or restore, contact Apple support.

If you still see the error message, check for outdated or modified software.

Check for outdated or modified software

Errors: 1015. You might also see the message “The required resource can’t be found.”

These errors might appear if any of the situations below are true:

  • Your version of iTunes is out of date. Get the latest version of iTunes, then try to update or restore again.
  • Your device has a beta version of iOS.
  • You’re trying to install an earlier version of iOS (downgrading).
  • Your device has unauthorized modifications to iOS, also called “jailbreaking.”

Use recovery mode to restore your device to the latest version of iOS.

Resolve iOS update and restore errors in iTunes

When you use iTunes to update or restore iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you might see an error code or alert message. Most of these errors happen because your computer has older versions of software or can’t connect to the server.

You can fix most update and restore errors with a few simple steps. Try these first:

Update iTunes.

Get the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Update your OS.

Install available updates for your Mac. If you have a PC, you can get PC software updates from the Microsoft website.

Check your computer’s security software.

You might need to update, change, disable, or uninstall software that’s causing an issue.

Unplug extra USB devices.

Keep only your iOS device, keyboard, and mouse plugged in directly to your computer.

Restart.

Turn off your computer and your device. Then turn them on again.

Try again.

Update or restore your iOS device again.

Get more help.

If you tried these steps and the error happens again, follow the advanced steps for your error code.

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Turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

iosappsSwipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center.

Tap the Wi-Fi icon to turn on Wi-Fi.

Tap  to turn on Bluetooth.

To turn it off, tap either icon again.

Note: If you haven’t already selected a Wi-Fi network or set up your Bluetooth device, you may need to do that first.

 

Turn on Airplane mode

iosappsSwipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center.

Tap  to turn on Airplane mode, which turns off cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and location services.

Tap  again to turn off Airplane mode and enable those services.

Access the camera quickly from any screen

iosappsUse Control Center to access your iPhone camera quickly from any screen, even if your iPhone is locked.

Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to reveal Control Center.

Tap  to open Camera.

 

Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb

iosappsDo Not Disturb keeps calls, alerts, and other notifications from making sounds or lighting up when iPhone is locked.

Swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone screen—even when locked—to reveal Control Center.

Tap  to turn on Do Not Disturb.

Note: You can also turn on and adjust Do Not Disturb in Settings.

 

Understanding Control Center

Control Center gives you quick access to commonly used settings and apps.

You can access Control Center from anywhere in iOS—including the Lock screen. To access Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. To close Control Center, swipe down, tap the top of the screen, or press the Home button.

Control Center playing Never Gonna Give You Up

In Control Center, you can adjust these settings:

  • Turn on or off Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and screen-orientation lock
  • Adjust screen brightness
  • Play, pause, or skip a song, and adjust playback volume
  • Connect to an AirPlay device or toggle between audio output
  • Adjust whether your device is discoverable for AirDrop

Control Center also includes quick access to these apps:

  • Camera
  • Timer
  • Calculator (iPhone and iPod touch only)
  • Flashlight (iPhone and iPod touch only)

If your device is not locked, you can also access the currently playing audio app by tapping the song title.

Additional Information

You can enable and disable access to Control Center from the Lock screen or apps in Settings > Control Center.

Access the Control Center on the lock screen or within apps

To avoid accidentally displaying Control Center, some apps that rely on similar gestures, such as maps and games, may require you to swipe up twice: once to reveal the handle for Control Center, and a second time to reveal Control Center.

 

Cellular Data settings

Understanding cellular data settings

You can temporarily turn off cellular data to prevent applications from using the cellular network connection to send or receive data. If you turn off cellular data, you will be unable to:

  • See the cellular data icons in the status bar (for example, LTE or 3G).
  • Send or receive MMS messages. You can still send and receive SMS, and send and receive iMessages (text or multimedia) when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Retrieve or listen to new Visual Voicemail messages. To retrieve messages, enable cellular data.
  • Use Personal Hotspot.

To disable cellular data:

  1. From the Home screen:
    • iPhone: Choose Settings > Cellular
    • iPad: Choose Settings > Cellular Data
  2. Tap to turn off cellular data. This will disable all cellular data traffic until you enable it.

When cellular data is off, all data services use only Wi-Fi, including email, web browsing, push notifications, and other services. If cellular data is on, carrier charges may apply. For example, using certain features and services that transfer data, such as Siri and Messages, could result in charges to your data plan.

Depending on your carrier and device model, some additional options may be available:

  • Enable LTE or 3G.
  • Turn Voice Roaming on or off (CDMA): Turn Voice Roaming off to avoid charges from using other carrier’s networks. When your carrier’s network isn’t available, iPhone won’t have cellular (data or voice) service.
  • Turn Data Roaming on or off: Data Roaming permits Internet access over a cellular data network when you’re in an area not covered by your carrier’s network. When you’re traveling, you can turn off Data Roaming to avoid roaming charges.
  • Set when cellular data is used for apps and services. Go to Settings > Cellular, then turn cellular data on or off for any app that can use cellular data. If a setting is off, iPhone will use only Wi-Fi for that service. The iTunes settings includes both iTunes Match and automatic downloads from the iTunes Store and the App Store.

Understanding and adjusting data usage

Some applications from the App Store use the Apple Push Notification service to alert you of new data. Apps that rely extensively on push notifications (such as instant messaging or social media apps) will consume cell data. To disable push notifications, go to Settings > Notifications and set Notifications to off.

You can also enable or disable cellular data for certain iOS apps and features from this setting.

Choose Settings > Cellular to view the cellular data usage for each app. Tap to turn off cellular data for an app. Contact your carrier if you have questions about your cellular data usage.

Exchange ActiveSync accounts are handled separately from other Mail and Calendar accounts. Exchange ActiveSync accounts will continue to use cellular data even if you disable cellular data usage for Mail and Calendar. To view your Exchange ActiveSync cellular data usage, tap Settings > Cellular > System Services and view the usage next to Exchange Accounts.

Push email and over-the-air syncing

You can set apps, such as Mail, to fetch data wirelessly at specific intervals. The more frequently your device fetches email or other data, the faster data is consumed.

  • To fetch new data manually, from the Home screen choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap to turn off Push, and then tap Manually.
  • To increase the fetch interval, choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Hourly.

Note: This is a global setting; it applies to all applications that do not support push services.

 

GSM, CDMA, and LTE

iosappsWhen a Wi-Fi network is unavailable, iPhone and iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) are capable of using a cellular data network for Internet connectivity.

Select your carrier network technology to learn more about the cellular data network capabilities and features, including:

  • Network types
  • Status Bar icons
  • Whether simultaneous voice and data are supported (on iPhone)

GSM networks

GSM networks support simultaneous voice and data on iPhone when using a UMTS connection.

UMTS 4G Yes Appears on iPhone 4S or later and iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular or later while connected to AT&T’s or T-Mobile’s high-speed network in the United States.
UMTS 3G Yes
EDGE E No May be unable to receive calls while transferring data over the cellular network.*
GPRS ° No
* If you cannot receive the call, it will immediately go to voicemail.

CDMA networks

CDMA networks do not support simultaneous voice and data on iPhone

EV-DO 3G No Can receive calls while transferring data over the cellular network.
1xRTT 1x No May be unable to receive calls while transferring data over the cellular network.*
* If you cannot receive the call, it will immediately go to voicemail.

LTE networks

LTE is available with supported LTE carriers, when using iPhone 5 or later and iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular or later only. Requires a supported LTE carrier. Find information about iPhone carriers.

LTE LTE No*
4G 4G No* Note: 4G can also indicate a UMTS connection on some GSM networks, including AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s high-speed network in the United States.
For more information, contact your carrier.
* iPhone 5 (GSM model) will switch to 3G for data during voice calls.

Additional Information

Cellular data requires an active phone or data plan with a wireless carrier. Contact your wireless carrier for more details.

Cellular data may not be available in all locations, and network speed and connectivity may vary depending on location. Check the carrier’s network coverage in your area for availability. See this article for links for iPhone wireless carrier support and basic information about the features supported by wireless carriers.

When you are outside your carrier’s network, you may be able to access the Internet using another wireless carrier. To use another carrier’s network, turn on Data Roaming in Settings > Cellular.

Notes:

  • Roaming charges may apply, contact your wireless carrier for more information. To avoid data roaming charges, make sure Data Roaming is turned off.
  • When using a cellular data network that does not support simultaneous voice and data, incoming or outgoing calls will interrupt cellular data transfers until the call ends. This does not affect Wi-Fi network connectivity.

 

Siri Tips

Ensure that your device is connected to the Internet

Siri works by sending your requests to Apple servers. Because of this, Siri sends information such as your voice input, contacts, and location (if you have Location Services turned on) to Apple to process your requests.

For Siri to work, your device must be connected to the Internet using cellular data or Wi-Fi.

Siri not available

Note: In certain instances, Siri may say, “Sorry, I’m having trouble connecting to the network” or ask that you “try again in a little while”. If this occurs, check your connection and try again later.

If you wish to use Voice Control while you are not connected to the Internet, turn Siri off from Settings > General > Siri. Make sure to turn Siri back on when you have Internet connectivity and you wish to use it again.

Ensure that Siri is on

If Siri is off, you can turn it on in Settings > General > Siri. When you turn Siri on, make sure it is using the correct language for your region.

If Siri is not behaving as expected, try toggling Siri off and then back on. You can turn it off and on in Settings > General > Siri.

Siri is available only in the following languages, which you can set in Settings > General > Siri > Language:

  • English (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States)
  • French (Canada, France, Switzerland)
  • German (Germany, Switzerland)
  • Japanese (Japan)
  • Spanish (Mexico, Spain, United States)
  • Italian (Italy, Switzerland)
  • Mandarin (China, Taiwan)
  • Cantonese (Hong Kong)
  • Korean (South Korea)

If Siri is not recognizing your requests, make sure Siri is set for the language you are speaking.

If you wish to use a different language for Voice Control, turn Siri off and use Voice Control. You can turn Siri off in Settings > General > Siri.

Enable Location Services for Siri

Siri will work without Location Services. However, a number of features Siri offers require Location Services. If you try to use one of these features, Siri will advise you that it does not know where you are.
Location Services Settings

You can turn Location Services on for Siri by selecting Location Services Settings on the prompt, or by going toSettings > Privacy > Location Services and turning on both Location Services and Siri.

When you first use Siri with another application that uses Location Services, you will need to turn on Location Services for that application. For example, if you create a reminder to call your mom when you get home and Reminders or Siri has not been used before with Location Services, a prompt will appear saying that you will need to turn them on in Location Services Settings.

Reminders would like to use your current location

Some features, such as Maps and local search using Yelp!, work only in the United States. Additionally, requests for information from Wolfram|Alpha work only when the language for Siri is set to English.

Providing Siri with user information

Siri uses relational data from your contact to learn about the people close to you.

To set your contact tap Settings > General > Siri > My Info and select your contact.
My Info panel in Siri

If Siri is pronouncing a name incorrectly you can add phonetic first and last names to your contact entries:

  1. Open the Contacts application.
  2. Select the contact that Siri is mispronouncing.
  3. Tap “edit” in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap “add field”.
  5. Add phonetic first and last names as needed.
  6. The new fields will appear at the top of the contact. You can then spell out your name phonetically to assist with pronunciation.
  7. When finished making changes to the contact, tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Be as specific as possible

  • When you ask Siri to do something, be as specific as possible. For example, if you ask Siri to set an alarm, be sure the specify AM or PM.
  • If more than one of your contacts has the same first name, it can help to identify your contact by their full name when speaking with Siri.
  • Specify punctuation, for example: “question mark”.

Ensure that Siri can clearly hear you

If Siri is unable to clearly understand what you are saying, make sure your microphones are not blocked.

iPhone 4s

Verify that the bottom microphone, located to the left of the dock connector, is not blocked.

iPhone 5

Verify that both the mic in the receiver opening and the mic near the rear camera are not blocked.

iPod touch (5th generation)

Verify that the mic near the rear camera is not blocked.

iPad (3rd generation)

Verify that the mic at the top center, above the FaceTime camera, is not blocked.

All models

  • If you are using a protective case, try removing it.
  • Try turning your device off and then on again.

Raise to Speak

  • To activate Raise to Speak, move your iPhone from a viewing position in front of you up to your ear.
  • Raise to Speak can be activated from any application, the Home screen, or the Lock screen.
  • If you use Raise to Speak while using the onscreen keyboard, dictation will be triggered rather than Siri.
  • Raise to Speak is available only when the iPhone is not in use with a headset or other hands-free solution.

Using Siri with audio accessories

  • Siri will work with many audio accessories, including wired and wireless headsets and car stereos.
  • Find more information about: Troubleshooting Bluetooth headsets and headphones.
  • Find more information about: Troubleshooting car stereo connections.
  • If you are using an audio device that connects using the Dock Connector, Siri will not route through that device. You will need to continue to use your device, wired headset, or Bluetooth headset to interact with Siri.
  • If you are using your iOS device with a device that uses a Remote User Interface, ensure that you control your iOS device using the car stereo or other device. Attempting to control your iOS device directly through either touchscreen, Siri, or Voice Control won’t work.

Dictation tips

You can dictate with your iOS device in different languages by using the international keyboard for that language. Add a keyboard by tapping Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard.

When you want to change the language used for Dictation:

  1. Tap the globe icon to change to the keyboard for that language.
  2. Tap the microphone icon to start Dictation.

Note: To use Dictation, the keyboard language needs to be a supported language. Dictation is designed to recognize the accents and dialects of the supported countries listed above. Since every language has its own accents and dialects, the accuracy rate will be higher for native speakers.

Dictation works in most places where you can enter text using the keyboard. Certain text-entry fields in third-party apps or web forms might not support Dictation.

Dictation can be enabled and disabled by disabling Siri in Settings > General > Restrictions.

Use Siri on iPad

The power of Siri is yours for the asking.

  • Summon Siri. Press and hold the Home button, until Siri beeps.

Note: To use Siri, iPad must be connected to the Internet. Cellular charges may apply.

Ask Siri anything, from “set the timer for 3 minutes” to “what movies are showing tonight?” Open apps, and turn features on or off, like Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Accessibility. Siri understands natural speech, so you don’t have to learn special commands or keywords.

Siri screen showing Siri’s response to a request, and related info. At the bottom-center is the button you tap to speak to Siri.

For hints, ask Siri “what can you do,” or tap the help button.

Siri often displays helpful info on your screen. Tap the info to open a related app or get more details.

  • Change Siri’s voice gender. Go to Settings > General > Siri (may not be available in all areas).
  • Talk to Siri using a headset. Connect the headset, then press and hold the center or call button.

Tell Siri about yourself

If you let Siri know who you are, you can get personalized service—like, “tell me how to get home.”

  • Tell Siri who you are. Fill out your contact card in Contacts, then go to Settings > General > Siri > My Info and tap your contact card.

Be sure to include your home and work addresses, and your relationships.

Note: Location information isn’t tracked or stored outside iPad. If you don’t want to use Location Services, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services to turn it off. You can still use Siri, but Siri won’t be able to do anything that requires knowing your location.

Make corrections

  • Want to cancel that last command? Say “cancel,” tap the Siri icon, or press the Home button.

If Siri doesn’t get something right, you can tap to edit your request.

Or tap the listen button again and clarify your request. For example, “I meant Boston.” Don’t bother saying what youdidn’t mean.

Siri settings

To set options for Siri, go to Settings > General > Siri. Options include:

  • Turning Siri on or off
  • Language
  • Voice gender (may not be available in all areas)
  • Voice feedback
  • My Info card
  • Prevent access to Siri when iPad is locked. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock. You can also disable Siri by turning on restrictions.

Use Siri on iPhone

The power of Siri is yours for the asking.

  • Summon Siri. Press and hold the Home button, until Siri beeps.

Note: To use Siri, iPhone must be connected to the Internet.

Ask Siri anything, from “set the timer for 3 minutes” to “what movies are showing tonight?” Open apps, and turn features on or off, like Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Accessibility. Siri understands natural speech, so you don’t have to learn special commands or keywords.

Siri screen showing the text of what Siri heard, Siri's response, and related info. At the bottom-left is the help button, and bottom-center the button you tap to speak to Siri.

For hints, ask Siri “what can you do,” or tap the help button.

Siri often displays helpful info on your screen. Tap the info to open a related app or get more details.

  • Use Raise to Speak. Raise iPhone to your ear and speak after the beep. (If the screen isn’t on, first press the Lock or Home button.) Raise to Speak must be turned on in Settings > General > Siri.
Person bringing iPhone to his ear, starting with the screen facing up towards the ceiling, and the hand rotating on the way up.
  • Change Siri’s voice gender. Go to Settings > General > Siri (may not be available in all areas).
  • Use Siri with your iPhone headset or another wired or Bluetooth headset. Connect the headset, then press and hold the center or call button.

FAQ Siri

Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls*, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.

What is Siri?

Siri is the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. It allows you to use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. But Siri isn’t like traditional voice-recognition software that requires you to remember keywords and speak specific commands. Siri understands your natural speech, and it asks you questions if it needs more information to complete a task.Siri is available on these devices:

  • iPhone 4S or later
  • iPad 3rd generation or later
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

Using Siri

How do I ask Siri something?

To talk to Siri, hold down the Home button and you’ll hear two quick beeps and see “What can I help you with? on the screen. Just begin speaking. The audio wave moves across your screen, letting you know Siri is listening and processing your request. Once you’ve started a dialogue with Siri, tap the microphone icon to talk to it again.There’s more than one way to talk to Siri. Siri works with headphones and Bluetooth headsets. When you’re using headphones with a remote and microphone, you can press and hold the center button to talk to Siri. With a Bluetooth headset, press and hold the call button to bring up Siri.

On iPhone, simply bring iPhone up to your ear when the screen is on. You’ll hear two quick beeps to indicate that Siri is listening to you.

In a car that supports Eyes Free, you can also start a conversation with Siri by pressing a button on your steering wheel.

Siri waits for you to stop talking, but you can also tap the audio wave to tell Siri you’re done talking. This is useful when there’s a lot of background noise.

What happens after I ask Siri a question or ask it to do something?

When you finish speaking, Siri displays the text of what you said and provides a response. If Siri needs more information to complete a request, it will ask you a question. For example, if you say “Remind me,” Siri will say “OK, just tell me what you want to be reminded about.”When you use earphones or a headset, Siri reads back text messages and email messages that you’ve dictated before you send them, and it reads back the subjects of reminders before you create them. This is especially helpful when you’re driving and can’t see the screen.

Do I have to say things a certain way to get Siri to respond?

No. You can speak to Siri as you would to a person — in a natural voice with a conversational tone. If you want to know what the weather will be like tomorrow, simply say “What will the weather be like tomorrow? Or “Does it look like rain tomorrow? Or even “Will I need an umbrella tomorrow? No matter how you ask, Siri will tell you the forecast.

When using Siri for dictation, say the punctuation marks you wish to have inserted as they are needed. For example, to dictate “Pick up the new iPad and suddenly, it’s clear”, say “Pick up the new iPad and suddenly comma it’s clear period”.

Does Siri work out of the box or do I have to teach it?

Siri works right out of the box, without any work on your part. And the more you use Siri, the better it will understand you. It does this by learning about your accent and other characteristics of your voice. Siri uses voice recognition algorithms to categorize your voice into one of the dialects or accents it understands. As more people use Siri and it’s exposed to more variations of a language, its overall recognition of dialects and accents will continue to improve, and Siri will work even better.

Siri also uses information from your contacts, music library, calendars, and reminders to better understand what you say. So it responds more accurately when you ask to make a phone call, play music, or create an appointment or reminder.

If you like, you can reset what Siri has learned about your voice by turning Siri off and then back on inSettings > General > Siri.

Can I change how Siri sounds?

New female and male voices will be available initially in U.S. English, French, and German. You can change the gender by going to Settings > General > Siri > Voice Gender. Your iOS device initially uses a compact voice for Siri. iOS will automatically download and install a more natural-sounding voice when you first connect to power and a Wi-Fi network.

What Siri can do for you

What types of things can I ask Siri about or ask it to do?

You can ask Siri to make a call, find a business and get directions, schedule reminders and meetings, search the web, and more. You can even ask Siri “What can you do for me? or tap the “?” in the left corner of the screen when you bring Siri up. You’ll see examples of things Siri can do, along with ways you can ask for things.

With which apps does Siri work?

Siri works with almost all the built-in apps. And it’s smart enough to figure out which apps to use to provide you with answers. It also uses Search and Location Services to help you with your requests. Here’s a list of apps and services that Siri works with worldwide:

  • Phone
  • FaceTime
  • Dictation
  • Music
  • Mail
  • Messages
  • Calendar
  • Reminders
  • Notes
  • Contacts
  • Alarms
  • World Clock
  • Timer
  • Weather
  • Stocks
  • Web search
  • Wikipedia search
  • Wolfram|Alpha (English only)
  • Find My Friends
  • Post on Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Movies
  • Sports
  • App launch
  • Maps
  • Local search

How does Siri learn who I am?

If Siri knows who you are, it can use your information to better help you. To make sure Siri knows who you are, select your contact information in Settings > General > Siri > My Info.

Your information is used for questions like “How do I get home?” or “What good restaurants are near work?”

How does Siri learn about my key relationships?

Siri also helps you by learning about the key people in your life. The first time you ask Siri to call your sister, it will ask you who your sister is. That information is stored in Contacts along with other relationship information like “mom,’ “husband,’ and “grandma.’

How do location-based reminders work?

Because Siri knows your current location and other locations like “home and “work, it can remind you to do a certain task when you leave a location or arrive at a location. So if you tell Siri,”Remind me to call my wife when I leave the office, Siri does just that.

To turn off the ability for Siri to use your location, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and set the switch for Siri to Off. Regardless of how Locations Services is set for Siri, information about your location is not tracked or stored outside the phone.

Is Siri accessible to the blind and visually impaired?

Yes. VoiceOver, the screen reader built into iOS, can speak any text that’s displayed in responses from Siri. You can navigate through the responses and have each one read to you. This includes the days of a weather forecast, the body of an email, the details of an answer from Wolfram|Alpha, and more.

Language support and availability

Siri understands and can speak the following languages:

  • United States (English, Spanish)
  • United Kingdom (English)
  • Australia (English)
  • France (French)
  • Germany (German)
  • Japan (Japanese)
  • Canada (Canadian French, English)
  • China (Mandarin)
  • Hong Kong (Cantonese)
  • Italy (Italian)
  • Korea (Korean)
  • Mexico (Spanish)
  • Spain (Spanish)
  • Switzerland (French, German, Italian)
  • Taiwan (Mandarin)

Can I use Siri in any of these languages in other countries?

Yes. You can enable Siri in any country, and you can choose to speak to it in any of the languages that Siri supports. However, Siri is designed to recognize the specific accents and dialects of the supported countries listed above. Since every language has its own accents and dialects, the accuracy rate will be higher for native speakers.