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How to Turn on Siri App, Change Siri Voice, Gender, Language for iOS7

Learning how to use Siri Personal Assistant for the first time?  In this article, I detail how to turn on the Siri App, how to change the Siri Voice (Siri gender), and how to change the Siri language.  If you already have the Siri App enabled and set up, check out our massive full list of Siri Commands.

How to Turn on Siri

Turn on the Siri App the first time only requires a few simple steps.  The section below details how to turn on Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.How to Turn on Siri App Change Siri Voice Gender Language for iOS7

1. Tap the “Settings” icon (you can often find it on your home screen) to access your device settings.
2. Tap “General” on the left side of the “Settings” application.
3. Location and tap “Siri” on the right part of the screen.
4. Slide the button next to “Siri” from the “off” position to the “on” position.  Siri is now enabled!
5. Make sure you have an active Internet connection.  Access to the internet is required in order to use Siri.

How to Change Siri Siri Gender

On the “Siri” settings screen above, tap “Voice Gender”.  As of this writing, there are only two options (a male’s voice and a female’s voice).  I would love for Apple to add a robot’s voice or celebrity voices.  The female voice is selected by default.

How to Change Siri Language

On the “Siri” settings screen above, tap “Language”.  As of this writing, you have the following languages and locales to pick from:

  • English: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia
  • Spanish: United States, Mexico, Spain
  • French: France, Canada, Switzerland
  • Mandarin: China, Taiwan
  • Cantonese: Hong Kong
  • German: Germany, Switzerland
  • Italian: Italy, Switzerland
  • Japanese: Japan
  • Korean: South Korea

How to Access the Siri App

Once the Siri App is enable, you can start issuing commands by holding the Home Button.  If you have a compatible headset (or Bluetooth device), you may be able to launch Siri by pressing the Phone button.  You can also launch the Siri App by simply holding the phone up to your ear.

Useful Siri Commands

Check out our Siri Commands page to see a comprehensive list of funny, cool, and useful Siri Commands for iOS7.  If you have questions about the Siri App, or if you have commands that should be added to the commands page, please chat with us in the comments section.

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  1. How do I set seri to answer questions verbally instead of posting list of sites?

  2. I’ve set up Siri pointing it to my own address card but when I trll Siri to “call home” she starts calling my pet-sitter’s mobile number instead. Her name doesn’t sound remotely like the word “home” How do I correct Siri?

  3. I need to know how to change the name on Siri? My brother set it up and it keeps calling me by his name and it’s annoying.

  4. I have been using Siri to dictate nursing notes for about six months now and it is amazing, but about 2 weeks ago I started having a glitch happen.
    I can dictate and it will show up on the screen but when I hit done, what I have recorded disappears. I am crippled as my typing speed is slow and clumsy……
    I did update to ISO 8.2 about the time that this fluke occurred, could that have anything to do with it?
    Help, this was such a help and I frustrated, how do I fix it?

  5. Somehow I accidentally turned on Siri on my iphone 6. I don’t know how I turned it on…and I can’t figure out how to turn it off!!! What did I do?????? And in the future, how do I turn Siri on when I want to use it and off when I don’t need to use it? Any help???

  6. I am disabled. Can I set Sirii to always active to do everything by voice without touching the screen.

    • Yes, at least in iOS 8. Here’s the path: Settings > General > Siri. Locate “Allow ‘Hey Siri” (more or less about the middle of the screen) and turn it on. — The only catch is it only works when the iPhone is connected to power (e.g., charging). Hopefully that is not too much of an obstacle. If so, perhaps you can use a power pack to meet the “connected to power” requirement. — From that point on, when you say “Hey Siri,” the phone responds exactly the same as if you had held down the power button to engage Siri.

  7. How do I delete a incoming call message from Siri?

  8. I have an iPod touch. Regarding the intatrucion to activate Siri by pressing the Home button, what is the Home button? So I have one?

    • Cara Drouin – the iPod Touch does not have access to Siri, unfortunately. This is due to the fact that Siri requires an iOS device to always be connected to the Internet in order to work. Since iPod Touches lack a cellular data radio, and only connect to the ‘net via wifi, Siri’s chances of working are decreased. As such, Apple elected not to include Siri features on the iPod Touch.

      For future reference – the Home button in the large, round button on the bottom center of your iPod Touch.

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