How to Activate Voice Commands on Your iPhone

by Joshua Phillips
Enabling Siri on iPhone

Enabling Siri on iPhone

The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S both run iOS 6 and share many of the same features with one big difference: the voice-command software. On an iPhone 4, the voice command software is called Voice Control and can only be used for simple tasks, such as calling a contact. On iPhones beginning with the 4S and continuing with iPhone 5, the high-profile, voice command software called Siri gives you a much greater level of control. For example, not only can you instruct Siri to send a text message, but also you can dictate the contents of the message. Activating the voice-command software differs on the iPhone 4 and subsequent models.

Voice Control on iPhone 4

1

Press and hold the "Home" button on your iPhone until the Voice Control screen appears.

2

Speak a command into your iPhone's microphone. For example, to call a contact, clearly say the word "Call" followed by the contact's name.

3

Tap "Cancel" to cancel Voice Control and return to your iPhone's home screen.

Siri on iPhone 4S and iPhone 5

1

Tap "Settings" on your iPhone 4S home screen.

2

Tap "General" followed by "Siri."

3

Tap the "On/Off" switch so that it reads "On" to activate Siri instead of the Voice Control function.

4

Press and hold the "Home" button on your iPhone 4S until the Siri screen appears.

5

Speak a command to Siri, who will then carry out your command. For example, saying the command "Send a text message to Mom saying hello" sends a text message to your Mother with "hello" as the body of the message.

6

Press the "Home" button to return to the iPhone 4S home screen.

Tip

  • check You cannot use Voice Control when Siri is active.

About the Author

Joshua Phillips has done it all when it comes to video games: strategy guides, previews, reviews, in-depth interviews with developers and extensive public relations work. He has written for websites such as Hardcore Gaming 101 and MyInsideGamer.