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Let Siri Read WhatsApp Messages To You

Since iOS 10 you can tell Siri to send WhatsApp messages, but Siri recently learned another feature. The voice assistant can now read WhatsApp messages to you. Learn in this article, what you have to do that you can use this feature on your iPhone as well.

Prerequisites

WhatsApp added this feature belated – with the last app update. What you need to use on your iPhone is WhatsApp version 2.17.20 or later. Check the App Store on your iPhone for available Updates and install, if necessary.

In addition, you’ll need to use iOS 10.3 or later on your iPhone. WhatsApp points out this requirement explicitly in their release.

Turn on Siri for WhatsApp

Open the Settings on your iPhone and go to Siri. Scroll down to the bottom and click App Support. If you have not activated WhatsApp on this level, you should do now by tapping the slide button. This way Siri can access WhatsApp.

Let Siri read WhatsApp messages to you

Here is how it works: When you get a new WhatsApp message and you cannot read it because you are for example driving a car at that moment, you can ask Siri to read the message to you. For this you have to start Siri – either by saying “Hey Siri” (starting with the iPhone 6s) or holding the Home Button for a moment. Then you give her one of the following commands or similar ones:

“Do I have new WhatsApp messages?“ 
“Read the new WhatsApp message to me!“

If you only say “Do I have new messages?”, it can be that Siri only checks your SMS and iMessages. If you want that Siri explicitly checks WhatsApp, you should include it in your command.

Currently, this feature does not work flawlessly, yet. However, we assume that these little issues will be fixed soon.

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