Apple Music Tips

Use Apple Music in the Music app

With your Apple Music membership, you can access more than 30 million songs, curated radio and playlists, and music recommendations, all in the Music app.

When you join Apple Music, you get access to a whole world of music—any of our 30 million songs and all of your songs—through the Music app.

In the Library tab, you can find all of your music. The For You tab has music that’s handpicked by experts just for you, and exclusive content from your favorite artists. The Browse tab shows you all of the latest hits and curated playlists. From the Radio tab, you can listen to Beats 1, our 24/7 worldwide radio station, and Apple Music’s on-demand stations. And you can use the Search tab to find music that you want to listen to or see what other members are searching for.

If you’re not already a member of Apple Music, join today and get 3 months free.*

Apple Music features vary by country.

Library and Playlists

The Library tab makes it easy to navigate all of your music, wherever it comes from—from the iTunes Store, from a rare import CD, or from your Apple Music membership. Every time that you add a song, album, or playlist, we keep it at the top of Library in Recently Added. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner to change which view options (Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Video, Genres, Compilations, Composers, and Downloaded Music) you see.

Play your music

If you want to listen to an artist’s entire collection of music that you’ve saved to your library, find the artist in Library > Artists. Tap Shuffle All  to play all of their music.

When you play a song, you see a player at the bottom of the screen. You can keep browsing other titles to find the perfect next song.

Tap or swipe up on the player at the bottom to see the Now Playing screen and controls. Tap the  at the top of the screen or swipe down to close Now Playing.

Up Next, Shuffle, and Repeat

Also on the Now Playing screen, you can rewind, pause, or fast forward a song, control the volume, read song lyrics, and more.

Swipe up on Now Playing to show your Up Next queue, which lists all of the songs that you’ve selected for playback.

Drag songs with move icon to rearrange the order, or swipe left to remove a song that you’d like to skip.

Tap shuffle icon Shuffle to shuffle the songs in a playlist or album.

Tap repeat icon Repeat once to play an entire playlist or album on repeat or twice to repeat one song. Tap repeat icon a third time to clear the repeat.

If you have repeat turned on, you might not see move icon .

Show Lyrics

Lyrics aren’t available for all songs. When lyrics are available, tap  then Lyrics to show the lyrics, or tap Show to the right of Lyrics above Up Next.

You can’t use Lyrics in Airplane Mode or when you’re not connected to the Internet. And, if you have explicit content turned off, lyrics might not be visible to you if they contain explicit words.

Learn more about Lyrics in Apple Music.

Create a playlist

You can create playlists to listen to or share with friends. From the Library tab, tap Playlists, then New Playlist. Fill in details for your playlist, such as the title and description, then add music. If you like, you can also add an image. When you’re happy with your playlist, tap Done in the upper-right corner.

If you don’t see Playlists under Library, tap Edit in the upper-right corner, then tap Playlists to turn it on. Tap Done to return to Library.

Share your music

To share a song, press and hold the song, then tap Share Song . To share an album or playlist, tap , then Share Album or Playlist . You can share music to Facebook or Twitter, send using Mail or Messages, or copy the link.

With iOS 10 or later, people you share music with in Messages can listen to or preview songs directly in the Messages app. If they have an Apple Music membership, they can play the full song. If they don’t have an Apple Music membership, they can listen to the iTunes Store preview for the item and then go to the iTunes Store to purchase it.

Listen offline

You can download songs, albums, or playlists to your device so that you can listen to them when you’re not connected to the Internet**.

Find the song, album, or playlist that you want to download, then tap Apple Music download icon. You’ll see  when the download is complete. If you don’t see Apple Music download iconadd the music to your Library, then download it to your device.

If you want to automatically download any music that you add to your library, go to Settings > Music, then scroll to the Downloads section and turn on Automatic Downloads. After you turn on Automatic Downloads, when you add music to your library, it downloads automatically to your device or computer. You’ll see  when the download is complete.

If you want to see only music that’s downloaded to your device, tap Library > Downloaded Music. A message that says “Showing only music on this [device]” appears at the top of the screen. Tap Library in the upper-left corner to see all of your music.

For You

In the For You tab, you can discover albums and playlists curated by our team of experts to match your musical tastes, updated daily. The suggestions you see in For You are influenced by:

You can also see what you’ve been playing recently, as well as posts from your favorite artists in Connect.

Connect

You can Like Connect posts, write comments to the artist, and see what other fans have to say. You can also share an artist’s post with your friends through social media. Just tap Share.

To follow an artist in Connect, search for or tap an artist to open their artist page, tap , and then tap Follow on Connect follow on Connect . When you follow an artist, any new posts that they make are automatically added to your Connect Posts feed. You can follow an artist even if you don’t have their music in your library.

To see the artists that you follow, tap your profile icon in the upper-left corner, and then tap “Find More Artists and Curators.” Tap unfollow on Connect to the right of an artist to stop following them. To stop automatically following artists when you add their songs to your music library, turn off Automatically Follow Artists: Tap For You, then tap account icon or your photo. Tap “Find More Artists and Curators,” then turn off Automatically Follow Artists.

Browse

Apple Music is dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest in music. The Browse tab features music that’s new, popular, and up-and-coming each week, and you can browse the Apple Music Catalog by genre.

In the Browse tab you’ll also find playlists curated by Apple Music Editors and industry partners. Tap Curated Playlists to view new and featured playlists, playlists created with specific activities and moods in mind, and playlists curated by industry names you’re sure to recognize. You can also listen to genre-specific playlists.

And you can add any of these songs and playlists to your library, too.

Radio

Beats 1, our 24/7 radio station, features radio shows from legendary artists and DJs that you can listen to live or on-demand. Tune in to hear exclusive interviews, guest hosts, and the best of what’s going on in music.

Radio also features curated stations for every genre of music, or you can create your own custom stations. These stations don’t have ads, and you can skip an unlimited number of songs as you listen. You can also add songs that you like to your Apple Music library.

Learn more about Radio.

You can also use Siri to search Apple Music at any time or ask Siri to help you play music using instructions like these:

  • “Play the top songs from 2016.”
  • “Play more songs like this.”
  • “Add the new Taylor Swift album to my library.”
  • “Play an album by Pharrell Williams that you think I will like.”
  • “Play Drake’s top songs.”
  • “Play happy music.”
  • “Play something for working out.”
  • “Play my new releases.”

Listen to Radio in Apple Music

Listen to Beats 1—Apple’s 24/7, free worldwide radio station—and other live stations on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV, or Android phone. Apple Music members can also listen to curated on-demand stations or create their own.

About Radio

Radio includes:

  • Beats 1. Beats 1 broadcasts 24/7 to more than 100 countries. Tune in for free to hear exclusive interviews, guest hosts, and the best of what’s going on in music. Listen now to Beats 1 and view the full program guide.
  • Other live stations. Apple Music also features live stations such as Bloomberg Radio, ESPN News and Sports, and NPR News and Culture. You don’t need to be a member of Apple Music to listen to Beats 1 or these other live stations.
  • On-demand and custom stations. With an Apple Music membership, you can listen to curated on-demand stations or create your own custom stations. These stations don’t have ads, and you can skip an unlimited number of songs as you listen. You can also add songs that you like to your Apple Music library.

Start listening to Radio

Before you can listen to Radio, make sure that your device meets the requirements and sign in with your Apple ID.

To listen on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, open the Music app and tap the Radio tab  at the bottom of the screen.

To listen on your Mac or PC, open iTunes. In the upper-left corner, choose  Music. Then, from the navigation bar at the top of iTunes, choose Radio.

To listen on your Apple TV, open the Music app, then select Radio at the top of the screen.

To listen on your Android phone, open the Music app, tap Android menu icon in the upper-left corner, then tap Radio.

Create a custom station from a song, album, or artist

Use Search to find artists, albums, or songs that you want to use to create a custom Radio station. You can search the entire Apple Music catalog for specific artists, albums, or songs, or see trending searches. To search Apple Music:

  • On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, tap the Search tab Android search icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • On your Mac or PC, click in the Search box in the upper-right corner of iTunes, then click All Apple Music.
  • On your Apple TV, select Search from the top of the screen.
  • On your Android phone, tap Android search icon in the upper-right corner of the app.

Then, scroll to the Stations section and choose the station that you want to listen to.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can use 3D Touch to create a station. When you find a song or artist that you would like to create a station from, use 3D touch or tap More Options , then tap “Create Station.” You can also ask Siri to “Start a station from …” and then say the name of a song, album, or artist.

Your new station will be added to your list of Recently Played stations. Recently Played stations are in order of most recently played and can’t be deleted.

Fine-tune your custom stations

While listening to your custom station in Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, tap a song to open the Now Playing screen, then tap . Tap Play More Like This or Play Less Like This to fine-tune your custom station.

While listening on your computer, click  then click Play More Like This or Never Play This Song.

While listening on your Apple TV, hold down on the Touch surface of your remote, then select Play More Like This or Play Less Like This.

You can also turn Explicit Content on or off on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touchin iTunes on your Mac or PC, on your Apple TV, or on your Android phone.

Add music from Radio to your library

When you hear music that you like on Radio, you can add it to your Library or just add it to a playlist.

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch:

  1. Tap the song to open the Now Playing screen, then tap iOS More Options icon to the right of the song.
  2. Tap “Add to Library ” to add the song to your Library or tap “Add to a Playlist   .”

On your Mac or PC:

  1. Hold your pointer over the song’s name at the top of iTunes, then click  .
  2. Choose “Add to Library” or “Add to Playlist.” You can add the song to an existing playlist or create a new one.

On your Apple TV, hold down on the Touch surface of your remote, then select “Add to Library” or “Add to a Playlist.”

On your Android phone:

  1. Tap Android More Options icon to the right of the song, album, or playlist.
  2. Tap  Android add icon to add the song to My Music or tap “Add to a Playlist.”

Share your stations

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, you can share any Radio station through AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Twitter, and Facebook. Tap iOS More Options icon  or click , and then tap or click Share Station .

On your Android phone, tap the Share icon  to see your sharing options.

Radio requirements

To listen to Radio, you need an Apple ID and:

  • iOS 8.4 or later on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • iTunes 12.2 or later on your Mac or PC. Get the latest version.
  • An Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS 9.0 or later.
  • An Android phone with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or later and the Apple Music app.

To access the full Radio experience, join Apple Music.

Radio is available only in select countries and features vary by country. Find out what’s available in your country.

Learn how to cancel your membership, change from an Individual to a Family or Student membership type, or join an existing Family Membership.

Cancel your membership

You can cancel your Apple Music membership on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch; your Mac or PC; or your Apple TV (4th generation).

Your membership might renew if you don’t cancel your membership more than 24 hours before your renewal date.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch: Open the Music app and tap For You. Tap your profile icon  or your photo in the upper-right corner, then tap View Apple ID. (You might be asked to sign in.) Under Subscriptions, tap Manage, then follow these steps to cancel your Apple Music membership.

On your Mac or PC: Open iTunes. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account. (You might be asked to sign in.) Under Settings, click Manage to the right of Subscriptions, then follow these steps to cancel your Apple Music membership.

On your Apple TV (4th generation): Go to Settings > Accounts, then select Manage Subscriptions under Subscriptions. (You might be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.) Then follow these steps to cancel your membership. On Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier), you can only manage subscriptions on an iOS device or computer.

Change your membership

With a Family Membership to Apple Music, families of up to six people can enjoy all of the benefits of Apple Music, each with their own library. If you joined Apple Music as an individual member, you can change to a Family Membership at any time. You can also switch back to an Individual Membership if you choose. You can also join an existing Family Membership.

To use a Family Membership to Apple Music, you must set up Family Sharing on your iOS device or Mac. Learn more about Apple Music and Family Sharing.

With a Student Membership, students attending degree-granting colleges or universities in select countries can use Apple Music at a discounted membership price for up to 48 months (4 years). Learn more about joining as a student member.

Follow the steps to change from an Individual Membership to a Family or Student Membership on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch; on your Mac or PC; or on your Apple TV (4th generation).

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. In the Music app, tap For You, then tap Apple Music profile icon or your photo in the upper-right corner.
  2. Tap View Apple ID. You might be asked to sign in or use Touch ID.
  3. Tap Subscriptions. If you have more than one subscription, then tap Apple Music Membership to see your membership options.
  4. Under Options, choose the type of membership that you want.
    If you want to change to a Family Membership, tap Family. Confirm your selection, then tap Back.
    If you want to change to a Student Membership, tap Student. A new window opens. Tap Verify Eligibility, then follow the steps to validate your student status.
  5. Tap Back to return to your Account screen, and then tap Done to return to the app.

On your Mac or PC

To automatically open iTunes and sign in to your Account Information page from your computer, click this link: View My Account. Or follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account.
  4. Enter your password, then press the Return or Enter key on your keyboard, or click View Account.

On the Account Information page:

  1. Scroll to the Settings section.
  2. To the right of Subscriptions, click Manage. If you have more than one subscription, click Edit to the right of Your Membership (Apple Music Membership).
  3. Choose the type of Membership that you want:
    If you want to change to a Family Membership, select Family. Then confirm your selection.
    If you want to change to a Student Membership, click Student (1 Month) Verification Required. A new window opens. Tap Verify Eligibility, then follow the steps to validate your student status.
  4. Click Done to return to Account Information, and then click Done to return to the iTunes Store.

On your Apple TV (4th generation)

  1. Open Settings, then select Accounts. Under Subscriptions, select Manage Subscriptions. You might be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.
  2. Select Apple Music membership from your list of active subscriptions, then choose the type of membership that you want.

On Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier), you can only manage subscriptions on an iOS device or computer.

Join an existing Family Membership

If you have an Apple Music Individual Membership and want to join an existing Family Membership, follow these steps:

  1. Cancel your Individual Membership.
  2. Ask the organizer of the Family Membership that you want to join to invite you to join the group.
  3. Accept the invitation to join a family group.
  4. After you accept the invitation, open the Apple Music app and check to make sure that you’re a part of the group.

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.
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  • 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.

iOS Safari Tips

Smart search field

Safari on iOS 7 has a unified “smart search field” that allows you to type the url of the website or search for text. When you start typing, it displays the top url hit, suggestions from Google Search or your favorite search engine, your Bookmarks and history, and results of the text search on the webpage in real-time. To save you time, Safari also preloads the top hit result.

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Quickly type web addresses

To quickly type commonly used domain name extensions when entering a website address in Safari, long tap the “.” key to get a list of extensions, including ones specific to your region.

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Safari Reader

You can tap on the icon to the left of the smart search field to access the Safari Reader feature, which displays web articles without ads or clutter. The icon turns white when the Reader functionality is activated.

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Increase or decrease font size

As you might know, iOS 7 introduces a way to globally set the text size for apps that support “Dynamic type”. Safari doesn’t apply this font size to webpages, but the Reader mode does respect this setting. To set your preferred font size, go to Settings > General > Text Size and adjust the slider according to your needs.

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Add websites to favorites

  • When you open a new tab, you’ll notice that Safari shows you a grid of websites with their favicons so that you can have one-tap access to your favorite websites. You can rearrange the icons by long pressing any one of them, and dragging it to the position you want, much like how you arrange home screen icons.

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  • To add a website as a favorite, tap on the share button, then tap on Bookmark and add it to the Favorites folder.

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  • You have the option to select which folder should be the favorites folder via the Settings app (Settings > Safari > Favorites).

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  • Safari also syncs your bookmarks (including your favorites) using iCloud. So bookmarks from Safari on the Mac, or from Chrome, IE or Firefox on Windows (via iCloud Control Panel) will sync to iOS and vice versa.

Shared links

  • Safari on iOS 7 has a cool new “Shared Links” view that shows links shared by people you follow on Twitter.

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  • Tapping any of the links will open the page in a new tab, with the tweet displayed at the top for additional context.

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Reading list

  • If you’ve come across a long article that you find interesting but don’t want to read right now, you can add it to Safari’s Reading List, which syncs across all your iOS devices and Macs.
  • You can save items to your Reading List by tapping the share button in Safari, then tapping on the glass icon. iOS 7 also lets third parties add items to Safari’s reading list, so you could even add links from the Share menu in apps.

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  • You can access your Reading List by tapping the Bookmarks icon in Safari’s toolbar, and switching to the tab with the Glasses icon.

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Search on current page

  • To search for something on the current webpage, type your search text in the new smart search field, and right at the bottom, you’ll see a section called “On This Page” that shows you the number of matches.

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  • On tapping the last cell under the “On This Page”, Safari will take you to the first occurrence of your search text on the current page, and from there you can jump through all the occurrences using the back and forward button at the bottom.

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Close and reorder tabs

  • To close a webpage, just swipe a tab offscreen to the left or tap on the x button. Sadly, you can close only one tab at a time, and there is no option to close all tabs.

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  • You can also reorder tabs by tapping and holding on a tab, and moving it to the place you want it.

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  • Not very useful, but the tabs in the tab switcher view react to device movement by moving in the opposite direction.

iCloud tabs

iCloud tabs let you access the tabs you’ve opened on your Mac on your iOS device and vice versa. You can access your iCloud tabs, by scrolling down beyond your local tabs. They’re displayed as a list against a translucent background, sorted by device.

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Full screen view

Screen real estate is quite important for web browsing, and in iOS 7, the address bar and the toolbar disappear when you’re browsing, and shows you the content with domain name of the website in the status bar.

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Go back to the top

Tap just above the top of the smart search field to go to the top of the page, so you don’t have to spend time swiping down.

Quickly unhide toolbar and address bar

Of course the full screen mode might become annoying when you want to switch tabs, since the toolbar isn’t visible. To bring it back quickly, just tap at the bottom of the screen. Here’s a video demo:

Private browsing

  • It is easier and quicker to turn on or turn off private browsing session in iOS 7 Safari. To enable or disable private browsing, enter the tab switcher view by tapping the tab button at the bottom, followed by the Private button on the bottom left corner. (In iOS 6, you had to go through the hassle of accessing the Settings app to enable or disable Private browsing.)

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  • You’ll see the interface change to black to help you differentiate between private and normal browsing mode.
  • Note that Safari’s private browsing mode is much safer than the one on other third-party browsers, including Chrome’s incognito mode, since they may preserve your private searches even after you exit private browsing.

Restrict websites

You can restrict certain websites from loading in Safari by using iOS’ inbuilt parental control tools. Open Settings and navigate to General > Restrictions > Websites under Allowed Content and you can:

  • Limit Adult content

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  • Blacklist certain websites
  • Allow access to specific websites only. Apple has added a list of children friendly websites like Discovery Kids, Disney, National Geographic – Kids etc. Parents can also add a website by tapping on the “Add a Website” option.

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Gestures to go back and forward

Instead of using buttons, you can use edge-swipe gestures to navigate between webpages. Swipe from the left edge to go back one page and swipe from the right edge to go forward. These gestures are very useful in full screen mode, since you don’t have the buttons immediately available.

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Quickly open a webpage in Chrome

If you use Chrome, but arrived in Safari because iOS can’t set a default web browser, you can quickly open the same page in Chrome by replacing the “http://” in the smart search field with “googlechrome://”. If there’s no http in the URL, simply prepend “googlechrome://” in the field and press go.

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Add a Credit Card

If you do a lot of purchases on your iPhone, you’ll be happy to know that you can add your credit card information to Safari’s autofill, so that you don’t have to manually fill it again. To enter your credit card info, open Settings and navigate to Safari > Passwords and AutoFill > Saved Credit Cards > Add Credit Card.

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Share a page using AirDrop

You can share a URL with people nearby using the new AirDrop feature in iOS 7. Tap on the share button in the toolbar at the bottom, followed by AirDrop. Then tap on the Contact from the list to send the URL. Check this post for a video walkthrough of how to use the AirDrop feature.

See page load progress of all tabs on iPad

On iPad, Apple utilises the tab bar to show the page load progress of each of the tabs by using thin blue progress bars. Pretty useful if you open a lot of tabs at once, and don’t want to switch to each one of them, just to view its progress.

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Recently closed tabs on iPad

If you’ve mistakenly closed a tab, or simply want to open a tab you’ve closed from your last browsing session, just tap and hold the “+” button on the iPad to see a list of all your recently closed tabs.

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Access History:

You can access the browser history for a particular tab with a long tap on the back or forward button, so you can quickly jump to the site you had visited. Thanks drumrobot for the tip!

Here’s the video walkthrough of the tips for Safari on the iPhone: