With Apple Watch, you can ask Siri to answer questions, perform tasks, and provide information. Siri is especially helpful on the watch as you can issue commands by voice instead of tapping tiny buttons on a miniature screen.
Siri is a fixture of your Apple Watch no matter which edition you own. But with the Apple Watch Series 3, Siri can answer your requests by text or by voice and talk to you over a paired Bluetooth headset. Siri can also tie in with your iPhone to control your music.
Let's check out how to use Siri on the Apple Watch.
1 Enable 'Hey Siri'
You can activate Siri by holding down the Digital Crown until you see the "What can I help you with?" screen. But you may also want to activate Siri by voice. To enable this, tap the Digital Crown to move to the Home screen. Tap on Settings > General > Siri. Then make sure "Hey Siri" is turned on. Press the Digital Crown again to jump back to your watch face.
2 Siri Awaits Your Command
With an Apple Watch Series 1 or 2, Siri can only display its responses in text on the screen. But with an Apple Watch Series 3, Siri can talk back to you. To set this up on a Series 3 watch, tap on Settings > General > Siri. Then choose one of the following three options: Always On, Control with Silent Mode, or Headphones Only.
If your iPhone isn't nearby or doesn't have "Hey Siri" activated, or you're in a quiet room, you can talk to your watch without having to raise your wrist. Otherwise, raise your wrist and say those magic words: "Hey Siri." Your watch face should display your words while Siri awaits your command. Siri on your Apple Watch then works pretty much the way it works on your iPhone. Tell Siri what you want.
The commands, questions, and requests you can issue to Siri are too numerous to detail here. You'll find a list of the many things you can ask Siri at Apple's Siri webpage. You can also ask Siri, "What can I ask you?" But we'll try one example. Say: "What will the temperature be tomorrow?" With an Apple Watch Series 1 or 2, Siri displays the temperature forecast for tomorrow. With a Series 3, Siri speaks the temperature forecast.
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3 Ask Siri
Here are a few more things you can ask of Siri on your Apple Watch. Say: "Hey Siri, open the Photos app," and Siri opens the app. Say: "Hey Siri, start an Outdoor Walk," and Siri begins the Outdoor Walk program through the Workout app. Say: "Hey Siri, call Mom on mobile," and Siri places a call to your mom's mobile phone. Say: "Hey Siri, show me my appointments for this week," and Siri displays your calendar for the week. And say: "Hey Siri, show me nearby Mexican restaurants," and Siri shows you local eateries where you can grab an enchilada and a margarita.
Playing music is another skill Siri offers on the Apple Watch. Ask Siri to play a song, album, or artist from your Apple Music or iCloud music collection, and you can listen over a paired Bluetooth speaker or headset.
You can also use Siri to control music playing on your iPhone. Rev up a song or album on your iPhone, either manually or by telling Siri to play it, for example, "Hey Siri, play 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'" The music starts playing on your iPhone. But if you glance at your Apple Watch you'll see a mini player where you can pause, play, skip ahead, skip back, and change the volume.
5 Watch Face
Finally, you can change your watch face to a dedicated Siri face, which is available with watchOS 4 or higher. To grab the new face, open the Watch app on your iPhone. Tap on the Face Gallery icon at the bottom of the screen. The top of the Face Gallery screen displays the newest available watch faces, including the Siri face. Tap on the Siri face to download it and then tap on the Add button.
Tap on the My Watch icon at the bottom of the screen. Swipe to the end of the list of watch faces and you'll see the new Siri face. You can then swipe each face on your Apple watch until you come to the Siri face. To talk to Siri, tap on the Siri button on the face. Pose your question, request, or command to Siri, and the voice assistant will comply.
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