May 26, 2024


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Siri’s best commands to control HomeKit, the Apple HomePod and HomePod

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Hey Siri: Best Apple Home commands

Siri is the core of the Apple Home Experience, whether you own a HomePod Mini or a second generation HomePod, or you simply run your smart home using the iOS app.

Siri is a powerful assistant that can do a lot of things. It can switch on the lights, lower the thermostat and play your favorite music. But to master Siri, you must know what commands to use.

Siri is available on all Apple products, including the iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch. We’ve listed the most useful Siri commands below, whether you’re looking to control your HomeKit device, or manage the music in your HomePod.

This guide will show you how to use Apple’s Assistant and what voice commands you are likely to use.

Try experimenting with the wording of some of these commands.

You can also activate Siri by saying “Hey, Siri”.

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Siri can help you organize your day

  • How’s the weather today, Siri?
  • What’s the latest news?
  • Set an alarm for tomorrow at 9am.
  • Siri: “Hey Siri set the alarm to 7am each weekday.”
  • What alarms am I using?
  • Siri: “Turn off the alarm”
  • “Hey Siri snooze your alarm”
  • What’s the traffic like?
  • “Hey Siri, is [movie name] playing nearby?”
  • Siri: “Did the Warriors win last evening?”
  • Where is the nearest pharmacy?
  • Siri: “Do I need an umbrella today in San Francisco?”
  • Hey Siri, please read my messages
  • Siri will remind you to visit the florist at 2pm.
  • Siri will remind you to buy milk today.
  • Siri will read out my reminders
  • How much is 50 pounds worth in dollars?
  • What’s on my calendar today, Siri?
  • “Hey Siri call Dad”
  • What time is it in London?

Siri voice commands for kitchen

  • “Hey Siri, set my kitchen scene”
  • Play some cooking music, Siri
  • How many calories are in a Twinkie?
  • Siri: “Turn on the coffeemaker”
  • “Hey Siri set a 10 minute timer”
  • What’s in White Russian?
  • Siri: “Hey Siri! How many ounces is in a cup?”
  • “Hey Siri! Start a shopping list.”
  • Add milk to your shopping list with Siri
  • Siri: “Hey, read my shopping list to me”
  • “Hey Siri, boil a kettle”

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Siri commands for podcasts and music

  • “Hey Siri, next/previous track”
  • Play some classical/rock/chill music, Siri”
  • Who sings the song?
  • Add this song to your favorites, “Hey Siri”
  • Siri: “Move the music from the bedroom to the living room.”
  • “Hey Siri don’t play that again”
  • Siri: “Speak louder, please”
  • “Hey Siri! Create a station using this song”
  • Add this song to my running playlist, “Hey Siri”
  • “Hey Siri, play my latest podcast”
  • Play the podcast “[title]” with Siri
  • Subscribe to this podcast with “Hey Siri”
  • “Hey Siri play The Cars here and in the Bedroom”
  • Siri: Play the most popular song of January 1990

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Siri voice commands for smart home control

  • “Hey Siri, I’m home”
  • Siri will respond to “Hey Siri” by turning on/off lights. (Fact: HomePod can tell which room you are in if you are in the same room. If you want to turn off the lights, say “Turn the lights off in the kitchen”.
  • Siri dims the lights
  • Siri: “Set the brightness to 60%”.
  • Hey Siri, turn out the upstairs light
  • Siri: “Set the temperature to 60 degrees”.
  • “Hey Siri set my bedroom scene.”
  • “Hey Siri”: Make the lights in the living room blue.
  • Siri: “Hey Siri is the garage open?”
  • Siri: “Did I leave the lights downstairs on?”
  • “Hey Siri lock the backdoor”

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