6 Secret Siri Functions


Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, came with a wealth of hidden tricks and secret features.  Many people aren’t even aware of all the things they can do with their iPhone, since a lot of these functions are hidden away out of sight. Fortunately, there are experts out there who track down every cool tip and trick for these devices, to show you how you can get the most out of your Apple device. Here are some new iOS functions that you probably didn’t know about.


1. Siri Can Manage Your Calls For You

You don’t have to go through the notifications on your phone to see if you have missed any calls, or have any voice mails waiting. Siri can help with that. You can just ask Siri questions like “Do I have any text messages?” or “Do I have any voice mails?”. Your helpful assistant will bring up whatever new calls or messages you missed.


2. You Can Change Siri To A Man’s Voice

Are you getting tired of Siri’s voice? Perhaps you feel like a lower pitched voice would be more relaxing, or maybe you are just ready for something different. If so, you will be pleased to learn that you can change Siri to have a man’s voice instead of a woman’s. If you’re looking for that masculine touch for your phone, you will find it under Settings — General — Siri — Voice Gender.


3. You Can Teach Siri Proper Pronunciations

Let’s face it – some people’s names are not pronounced the way you would think from reading them. It’s no wonder that Siri has problems now and then. If she always gets your name wrong, or your best friend’s or spouse’s, then you can tell her how to say it correctly. Just tell Siri “That is not how you pronounce {insert problematic name here}” Then you can tell her how to say it right, and you won’t have to live with that little annoyance any more.


4. You Can Block Calls And Texts From Anybody.

Do you repeatedly get wrong number calls from a particular person? Do you get robo-called with political messages? Is there an ex in your past who refuses to go away? If any of these are bothering you, now you can block them, so they can no longer call you or send you text messages. Just look at your call log or text messages, and press the information icon for that caller. You will see an option near the bottom to block this person, so you won’t need to hear from them ever again.


5. Your Navigation Screen Will Automatically Dim At Night

What did we do before we had maps and navigation on our phones? It’s hard to think back to the days of paper maps and written directions. If you drive at night with the navigation on, you know how the bright screen can be a distraction. Now your Apple maps will automatically dim when it’s nighttime. You don’t even need to do anything.


6. Siri Can Call A Cab If You’re Drunk

Say you’ve been out drinking with friends and it’s getting late. Even here, Siri can come to the rescue. If you tell Siri that you are drunk, then she will find you a taxi. It’s just what friends are for.



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