Ask Siri on iPad

Ask Siri on iPad

Talking to Siri is a quick way to get things done. Ask Siri to translate a phrase, set a timer, find a location, report on the weather, and more. The more you use Siri, the better it knows what you need.

To use Siri, iPad must be connected to the internet. Cellular charges may apply.

Siri on the Home Screen. A notification from the Clock app shows that an alarm is turned on for 8:00 a.m. A button at the bottom right of the screen is used to continue speaking to Siri.

Set up Siri

If you didn’t set up Siri when you first set up your iPad, go to Settings  > Siri & Search, then do any of the following:

  • If you want to summon Siri with your voice: Turn on Listen for “Hey Siri.”

  • If you want to summon Siri with a button: Turn on Press Home for Siri (on an iPad with a Home button) or Press Top Button for Siri (on other iPad models).

To change additional Siri settings, see Change Siri settings on iPad.

Summon Siri with your voice

When you summon Siri with your voice, Siri responds out loud.

  1. Say “Hey Siri,” then ask Siri a question or to do a task for you.

    For example, say something like “Hey Siri, how’s the weather today?” or “Hey Siri, set an alarm for 8 a.m.”

  2. To ask Siri another question or to do another task, say “Hey Siri” again or tap the Listen button.

Note: To prevent iPad from responding to “Hey Siri,” place your iPad face down, or go to Settings  > Siri & Search, then turn off Listen for “Hey Siri.”

You can also say “Hey Siri” to summon Siri while wearing AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, or AirPods (2nd generation). See Use Siri with AirPods on iPad.

Summon Siri with a button

When you summon Siri with a button and iPad is muted, Siri responds silently. To change this, see Change how Siri responds.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • On an iPad with a Home button: Press and hold the Home button.

    • On other iPad models: Press and hold the top button.

    • EarPods with Remote and Mic: (Sold separately) Press and hold the center or call button.

  2. When Siri appears, ask Siri a question or to do a task for you.

    For example, say something like “What’s 18 percent of 225?” or “Set the timer for 3 minutes.”

  3. To ask Siri another question or to do another task, tap the Listen button.

You can also summon Siri with a touch on AirPods. See Use Siri with AirPods on iPad.

Make a correction if Siri misunderstands you

  • Rephrase your request: Tap the Listen button, then say your request in a different way.

  • Spell out part of your request: Tap the Listen button, then repeat your request by spelling out any words that Siri didn’t understand. For example, say “Call,” then spell the person’s name.

  • Change a message before sending it: Say “Change it.”

  • Edit your request with text: If you see your request onscreen, you can edit it. Tap the request, then use the onscreen keyboard.

Type instead of speaking to Siri

  1. Go to Settings  > Accessibility > Siri, then turn on Type to Siri.

  2. To make a request, summon Siri, then use the keyboard and text field to ask Siri a question or to do a task for you.

If Siri doesn’t work as expected on your iPad, see the Apple Support article If “Hey Siri” isn’t working on your iPhone or iPad.

Siri is designed to protect your information, and you can choose what you share. To learn more, see the Apple Support article Ask Siri, Dictation & Privacy.

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