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Siri Text Commands: Write Instead of Speaking

Using a nifty little trick, we can get Siri to respond to written commands instead of voicing our requests verbally. You could call this a manual input for Siri of sorts. Siri does a good job of answering most of our wishes, but sometimes it is more easy to actually type in your request – especially if the virtual assistant is having a hard time understanding you, e.g. due to ambient noise or a complicated name or place in your inquiry.

Why would you text Siri?

Wait a minute, Siri is a voice-controlled virtual assistant made by Apple. Why should I be texting with her, you might ask? Well that depends on your current environment, perhaps she cannot understand you and you can not speak up. Thus it is a sensible choice to text with Siri, which you can do using our little trick right here.

Activate Siri and make some noise, any noise

Simply mutter a muffled word she cannot quite understand, it really doesn’t matter what you tell Siri after invoking her by long-pressing the Home Button. Then tap the little edit button that is right below your request, colored slightly grayish.

What you probably didn’t know is that the edit feature is not only limited to making minor corrections, but can be used for full-fledged queries. You can access the entire range of Siri’s functionality through this feature and ask her for the weather, have her pull up current stock prices and more!

Tap Done on the keyboard when you want Siri to process your query. Siri will then treat your input pretty much exactly as if it came in via voice recognition. By the way, the edit feature is also handy for correcting mishaps when using voice input with Siri.

It is quite possible that Apple will be introducing an option to text with Siri in the future, as more and more companies are moving toward their own implementations of various chat bots for service purposes. Think about it, how much time do you spend texting in public, as opposed to actually making and receiving calls? Text input is a much more discrete option for public transport commutes and the likes.

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