iPhone 4S Features: Exhaustive List Of Phrases Siri Can Understand

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One of the biggest selling points of Apple’s new iPhone 4S is Siri – the intelligent personal assistant feature.

Using Siri, you can use voice commands to compose and dictate emails, schedule meetings, place phone calls, it can also find answers for you from the web through sources like Wikipedia, Yelp and WolframAlpha and do lots more.

Erica Sadun of TUAW has just published an exhaustive list of phrases that the new Siri voice assistant is capable of understanding, which she has broken down into various categories. Here’s the impressive list of phrases under the relevant categories:

Address Book

Querying Contacts

  • What’s Michael’s address?
  • What is Susan Park’s phone number?
  • When is my wife’s birthday?
  • Show Jennifer’s home email address

Finding Contacts

  • Show Jason Russell
  • Find people named Park
  • Who is Michael Manning?


  • My mom is Susan Park
  • Michael Manning is my brother
  • Call my brother at work


Adding Events

  • Set up a meeting at 9
  • Set up a meeting with Michael at 9
  • Meet with Lisa at noon
  • Set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9am
  • New appointment with Susan Park Friday at 3
  • Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom

Changing events

  • Move my 3pm meeting to 4:30
  • Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Manning to next Monday at 9am
  • Add Lisa to my meeting with Jason
  • Cancel the budget review meeting

Asking about events

  • What does the rest of my day look like?
  • What’s on my calendar for Friday?
  • When is my next appointment?
  • When am I meeting with Michael?
  • Where is my next meeting?


Setting Alarms

  • Wake me up tomorrow at 7am
  • Set an alarm for 6:30am
  • Wake me up in 8 hours
  • Change my 6:30 alarm to 6:45
  • Turn off my 6:30 alarm
  • Delete my 7:30 alarm

Checking the Clock

  • What time is it?
  • What time is it in Berlin?
  • What is today’s date?
  • What’s the date this Saturday?

Using a Timer

  • Set the timer for ten minutes
  • Show the timer
  • Pause the timer
  • Resume
  • Reset the timer
  • Stop it


Sending Messages

  • Email Lisa about the trip
  • Email Jennifer about the change in plans
  • New email to Susan Park
  • Mail Dad about the rent check
  • Email Dr. Manning and say I got the forms, thanks
  • Mail Lisa and Jason about the party and say I had a great time

Checking Messages

  • Check email
  • Any new email from Michael today?
  • Show new mail about the lease
  • Show the email from Lisa yesterday

Responding to Messages

  • Reply Dear Susan sorry about the late payment
  • Call him at work


Checking Up on Friends

  • Where’s Jason?
  • Where is my sister?
  • Is my wife at home?
  • Where are all my friends?
  • Who is here?
  • Who is near me?



  • How do I get home?
  • Show 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino California
  • Directions to my dad’s work

Local Businesses

  • Find coffee near me
  • Where is Starbucks?
  • Find some burger joints in Baltimore
  • Find a gas station within walking distance
  • Good Mexican restaurants around here


Sending Texts

  • Tell Susan I’ll be right there
  • Send a message to Jason Russell
  • Send a message to Lisa saying how about tomorrow
  • Tell Jennifer the show was great
  • Send a message to Susan on her mobile saying I’ll be late
  • Send a message to 408 555 1212
  • Text Jason and Lisa where are you?

Reading Texts

  • Read my new messages
  • Read it again

Replying to Texts

  • Reply that’s great news
  • Tell him I’ll be there in 10 minutes
  • Call her



  • Play The Light of the Sun
  • Play Trouble
  • Play Taking Back Sunday shuffled
  • Play Alicia Keys
  • Play some blues
  • Play my party mix
  • Shuffle my roadtrip playlist
  • Play
  • Pause
  • Skip


Creating and finding notes

  • Note that I spent $12 on lunch
  • Note: check out that new Alicia Keys album
  • Find my restaurant note
  • Create a reading list note
  • Add Tom Sawyer to my reading list note


Phone calls

  • Call Jason
  • Call Jennifer Wright mobile
  • Call Susan on her work phone
  • Call 408 555 1212
  • Call home
  • FaceTime Lisa


Requesting reminders

  • Remind me to call mom
  • Remind me to call my mom when I get home
  • Remember to take an umbrella
  • Remind me take my medicine at 6am tomorrow
  • Remind me to pick up flowers when I leave here
  • Remind me when I leave to call Jason
  • Remind me to finish the report by 6


Checking Stocks

  • What’s Apple’s stock price?
  • What is Apple’s PE ratio?
  • What did Yahoo close at today?
  • How is the Nikkei doing?
  • How are the markets doing?
  • What is the Dow at?


Checking the Forecast

  • What’s the weather for today?
  • What’s the weather for tomorrow?
  • Will it rain in Cupertino this week?
  • Check next week’s forecast for Burlington
  • What’s the forecast for this evening?
  • How’s the weather in Tampa right now?
  • How hot will it be in Palm Springs this weekend?
  • What’s the high for Anchorage on Thursday?
  • What’s the temperature outside?
  • How windy is it out there?
  • When is sunrise in Paris?


Looking up information

  • Search the web for Bora Bora
  • Search for vegetarian pasta recipes
  • Search the web for best cable plans
  • Google the war of 1812
  • Search Wikipedia for Abraham Lincoln
  • Search for news about the World Cup
  • Bing Alicia Keys

 Using Wolfram Alpha

  • How many calories in a bagel?
  • What is an 18% tip on $86.74 for four people?
  • Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?
  • How long do dogs live?
  • What is the Gossamer Condor?
  • What’s the square root of 128?
  • How many dollars is €45?
  • What was the Best Picture of 1983?
  • How many days until Christmas?
  • How far away is the Sun?
  • When is the next solar eclipse?
  • Show me the Orion constellation
  • What’s the population of Jamaica?
  • How high is Mt. Everest?
  • How deep is the Atlantic ocean?
  • What’s the price of gasoline in Chicago?

In case you didn’t notice, it looks like Siri brings the much needed search feature for notes.

Checkout the video of how it works:

You can also checkout the live demo of Siri on a Sprint iPhone 4S:

What else do you want to say to Siri? Tell us in the comments.

[via TUAW]

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  • Tai376

    Say you’re struck by amnesia or you’re way too high. Can you ask it “who am i? “

    • jdb

      Even though you’re comment is stupid, I totally cracked up. Thanks.

      • Zolk

        apostrophe not required jdb … tai376’s apostrophes are appropriate

        • jdb

          I wasn’t paying attention, grammar nazi. Oh…and shut the fu’ck up.

          • brownshirt

            Don’t be angry that your stupidity is public.

  • Samdra

    I bet it can’t understand my southern accent!

    • Zolk

      Bet you there’s a secret feature where if you tawlk to it in suthern drawl … it tawlks bayack tue yeh in suthern drawwl! 😛

  • 2face

    Make me a sandwich…lol

  • Jonny H

    What’s the most effective explosive I can make in my home?

  • fas

    Siri is very very indeed.

  • Axe

    Jailbreak my iphone.

    • Win, right there.

      • Only


  • MasonGuy

    Not sure if everyone knows this as yet but SIRI is yet in BETA….the apple site says so…and right now it’s not available in any other country besides the US…not even Canada….that’s right!…probably training her to interject every statement with an “eh!’ would take a while……

  • Badlands

    Great for outdoors!!! Could you imagine?? Don’t even need the iPhone itself. It could be in your backpack and your wearing Bluetooth ear buds.

    You in the forest. Tap your ear. “what kind of edible vegetation is around me?”

    “what’s the simplest way to make a rain proof shelter with the surrounding materials”

    “where is the local water source?”

    “what native vegetation can cure my upset stomach?”

    “how do I set a broken arm??”

    “translate “I need help” in Japanese”

    So on and so on. Imagine being in nature and using your iPhone to be Bear Grills???? Epic epicness. Siri paired with Bluetooth ear buds? Library of Alexandria baby?

  • Duke

    I keep saying this over and over. This will be a very useful feature and not just a gimmick. Although I’ve seen various sorts of voice recognition on other phones, I haven’t seen anything thats so intuitive and works so well. I’m interested to see how well other manufacturers can implement this without it sucking

  • Gabby

    Already use my Galaxy S2 to send texts while driving,works well ,voice control while driving is really useful may even save lives

  • Jn


    When does the iPhone 5 come out?

  • Bill Davis

    Re: “In case you didn’t notice, it looks like Siri brings the much needed search feature for notes.”

    Huh? The iOS Notes app *has* search. In the list of notes, when at the top, drag down. You will get a search field. This is similar to how you get a search field in many apps, especially Apple ones.

    I’m not at all fond of this, however; it doesn’t lend itself to discovery. Why they just don’t have a fixed field at the top or a search icon I can’t guess.

  • Christine K

    You can ask Siri – “When is 20,000 days after January 1, 1960” and she will tell you. 🙂 I’m still hoping for “How many days old am I?” but you can ask “how many days has it been since ?” and Wolfram Alpha will show you how many days, years, weeks, etc it has been.

  • Bob

    Siri for now is practically useless. It can be so frustrating. I am not sure how the reviewers got such consistent results. Maybe it worked better before the general public were accessing the servers.

    Does anyone else remember the Apple Newton with it’s handwriting recognition? It was a great idea, but the execution was flakey and annoying.

    • Bob 2

      I don’t see how you can be so obtuse especially since we share the same name. Siri is so cool and useful. Don’t know what obtuse means? Ask Siri. She will tell you.