How to Use Siri on iPhone 12? A Complete Guide

How to Use Siri on iPhone 12

Siri is an essential component in iPhones and iPads today that help you translate languages and search for things online. Siri often requires that you press a button to activate it. However, you can still access Siri without the home button, making it even easier. Here is a complete guide on what you need to know about using Siri on iPhone 12.

How Do I Use Siri on My iPhone 12 Without the Home Button?

To use Siri without touching a button is straightforward.

  • Set up your Siri feature in settings.
  • Allow Siri voice activation. You are set to go.
  1. Say ‘Hey, Siri’ to start using Siri.

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Set Your Phone To Use Siri Through the Device Settings

There is more than one way to activate Siri on iPhone 12. However, you might need to set up your device to use the new features on iOS 14 fully. 

  1. Go to settings.

Set Your Phone To Use Siri Through the Device Settings

2. Tap on Siri & Search.

Set Your Phone To Use Siri Through the Device Settings

3. Enable the following features on Siri & Search:

  1. Listen for “Hey, Siri” – The feature allows you to activate Siri and initiate interaction using the wake phrase.

Enable the following features on Siri & Search

2. Press Side Button for Siri lets you activate Siri by long-pressing the button on the right.

Press Side Button for Siri lets you activate Siri by long-pressing the button on the right.

3. Allow Siri When Locked – The feature allows you to use Siri when the phone is locked.

Allow Siri When Locked – The feature allows you to use Siri when the phone is locked.

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How Can I Activate Siri Voice-activation?

You can now use Siri after enabling it in settings. One way to do this is by long pressing the button on the right side of the iPhone.

Alternatively, you do not have to long-press a button. All you need is to say, “Hey, Siri,” and you can access Siri and all its features.

Siri is now updated in iOS 14 on your iPhone 12. The voice assistant does not dominate your full screen anymore. You will now encounter a vibrant icon at the bottom of the screen to show that it’s listening to your voice command.

Responses to your query will appear in the form of widgets that occupy only a section of the screen. They will not dominate the whole screen display.

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Use Siri as an Intercom

Siri on iPhone 12 also allows you to use it as an intercom. The feature will enable you to communicate with other Apple smart home devices. 

  1. You will have all your Apple devices connected. 
  2. All you will need to say is Hey, Siri, tell everyone… 
  3. Give your instructions.
  4. Siri will send the message to other devices.
  5. The other devices can respond by, for instance, saying, “Hey, Siri, replay…” and give their response.

How Do Messages Play on Various Devices?

When you send such messages through an intercom, they will play on the HomePod and AirPods. They will also show up as notifications on iPhones and iPads.

Remember to check for more step-by-step guides on using various devices and technologies on our website.

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How Do I Engage Siri on My iPhone?

You can engage Siri in three ways:

1. Long Pressing Home Button

  • Long press the home button and give instructions.
  • If your iPhone does not have a home button, use the side button and provide the command.
  • If you have a more extended command, hold down the button until you are done making the command.

2. Type Your Command

  • To type your command, locate settings, and go to General.
  • Then go to Accessibility.
  • On Accessibility, tap on Siri.
  • Enable Type to Siri
  • Summon Siri by saying Hey, Siri, and type your command.

3. Say, “Hey, Siri”

  • Just say, “Hey, Siri.”
  • Give your command.

How to Use Siri on iPhone 12 when Locked

You can use Siri on your iPhone 12 even if it is locked. Follow the following simple steps.

  1. Go to settings.
  2. Tap on Siri & Search.
  3. Enable the following features on Siri & Search:
  4.  
  • Listen for “Hey, Siri” 
  • Allow Siri When Locked

4. You can now use Siri even if it is locked. Say “Hey, Siri” and give commands to the voice assistant.

How to Use Siri On iPhone 13

You can use Siri on iPhone 13 using three methods.

  1. Say “Hey, Siri” and give instructions.
  2. Long press the side button on the right and give a voice command.
  3. Type the command.“Hey, Siri,”

The method requires you to say “Hey, Siri” before giving instructions. However, the technique requires you to set up your phone before using this feature. Follow the following steps to set up your iPhone 13:

1. Say “Hey, Siri”

  • Go to settings.

Say “Hey, Siri”

  • Tap on Siri & Search.

Tap on Siri & Search

  • Enable the following features on Siri & Search:
    • Listen for “Hey, Siri” 

Listen for “Hey, Siri”

You are ready to go and can now use “Hey, Siri” to initiate interaction with Siri.

You can deactivate “Hey, Siri” by covering the phone or turning it face down. To enable this feature,

  • Locate Accessibility in settings.
  • Go to Siri.
  • Turn off the Always Listen for “Hey, Siri.”
  • Long Press the Side Button

  • Long press the side button on the right and give instructions.
  • If you have a more extended command, hold down the button until you are done making the command.
  • Type Your Voice Command

  • Access Accessibility from settings and turn on Type to Siri.
  • Summon Siri using “Hey, Siri” or long-press the side button on the right.

How to Use Siri on iPhone 12 Mini

Follow these steps to use Siri on your iPhone 12 mini:

  • Long press the side button on the right. A Siri icon will emerge from the screen.
  • Give your instructions.

However, you will need to set up Siri. Turn on Siri by

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Siri and Search.
  3. Slide the Press Side Button for Siri.
  4. Tap on Enable Siri.
  5. To use Siri when your device is locked, tap on Allow Siri When Locked.

How to Use Siri on iPhone 11

To use Siri on iPhone 11 activate the feature through the following steps:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Siri & Search.
  • Slide the switch on:
  • Listen for “Hey Siri”
  • Press Side Button for Siri
  • Allow Siri When Locked

Now, you have set up your iPhone 11 to use Siri through the following steps:

  •  Say Hey, Siri, and give a command.
  •  Long-Press the home button/side button on the right and make a command.
  • When you make a lengthy request, hold down the Home button of the side button until you have made your request.

How to Use Siri on iPhone 13 Without Pressing Home Button

The method requires you to say use a voice command to initiate interaction. However, the method will need you to activate Siri on your iPhone before using this feature. Follow the following steps to set up your iPhone 13

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Siri & Search.
  • Enable the following features on Siri & Search:
  • Listen for “Hey, Siri” 
  • You can now use “Hey, Siri” to start using Siri.

How to Use Siri On iPhone X

Follow these steps to use Siri on your iPhone X:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Siri and Search.
  • Slide the “Press Side Button for Siri” switch.
  • Tap on Enable Siri.
  • Slide the Listen for Hey, Siri, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Slide the Allow Siri When Locked switch.

You can now use Siri by saying Hey, Siri, or Long pressing the Side Button. It might also interest you to know that you can activate additional preferences such as language and preferred accents. You can also select the required gender in settings.

How to Use Siri On iPhone 12 YouTube

You can use Siri to choose how music plays on your YouTube Music. All you need is to follow a simple set of instructions, and you will be ready to go.

YouTube Music is now updated to support Siri. Therefore, devices running on iOS 13.2 or later can use the feature.

  • Go to settings.
  • Scroll to the YouTube Music app.
  • Select Siri & Search option.
  • Slide the Use with Ask Siri switch.

Now you are set to use Siri commands on your iPhone to play music on YouTube Music. To begin, say Hey, Siri, and then give your command.

How Do I Activate Siri Without Home Button

You now know that you can use Siri without long-pressing the home button. You only need to activate Siri using the Hey, Siri voice command. However, to enable this feature on your new iPhone, you must activate it in settings. Follow these steps to set up:

  • Navigate to settings.
  • Select Siri & Search.
  • Slide the following switches on Siri & Search:
  • Listen for “Hey, Siri” – To allow you to activate Siri and initiate interaction using the wake phrase.
  • Press Side Button for Siri – To enable you to activate Siri by long-pressing the button on the right.
  • Allow Siri When Locked – To allow you to use Siri when the phone is locked.

What Next?

Siri is a critical component of your smartphone experience. Therefore, knowing how to use it is critical. You now know how to use Siri without pressing the home or the side button. Visit our website for additional information and more “how to” guides.

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