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Control Third-Party Apps With Siri

So far it was only possible to control Apple apps with the voice commands via Siri. Thanks to the new Siri interface in iOS 10, third-party provider can integrate Siri in their own application. So you can now control more apps with the voice commands via Apple’s virtual assistant. We will show you in the following guide, how you can activate third-party apps for using Siri.

Until the release of iOS 10 you could only open a maximum of one third-party app. Since the new OS version, developers have the option to equip their app with Siri. If your favorite app allows the voice control via Siri, depends on the developer. To find out, which third-party app on your iPhone supports Siri, proceed like this:

  • Open the Settings app and go to Siri. If you have not yet activated Siri, you have to do it now. In addition you can activate the “Hey Siri” function as well, so that you can start the voice assistant by voice command instead of pushing the button. As soon as you have done this, scroll down to App Support. There you will see all installed apps that support Siri.

  • Activate every single app that you want to control via voice commands.

  • However, the voice commands differ for each app, but they are pretty similar in the basics. You have to say the name before or after a command. So a Siri command to start a video call via Skype could sound like: “Call (xy) via Skype“. You confirm your request by saying “Yes“ or clicking the “Yes“ button.

If an app supports Siri, is also shown in the App Store: