The best hidden secret about Siri – How to edit mistakes

Siri is the personal digital assistant that Apple introduced in iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S. Since then, Siri has been expanded to include the iPhone 5, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, and the new iPod Touch. The most amazing aspect of using Siri is that you can talk in normal language (for the most part). You can ask Siri things like, “Will it rain today?” And, the interpreted response will include the weather forecast for the day. Siri can also send text messages and emails for you. All you need to do is say, “Send a message to Bob and tell him that I’m running a little late.” Siri will compose a new text message for you and ask if you are ready to send it.

One of the most frustrating things for me with Siri, however, has been the times that Siri doesn’t interpret something I said correctly. This was especially frustrating when I dictated a long text message or email and then had to go back and dictate it all over again. Then, I discovered a secret that changed everything. There are actually 2 possible ways to edit the request that made of Siri. These secrets will dramatically improve Siri’s usefulness. Here they are:

If Siri makes a mistake interpreting something you have said, simply drag down from the top of the screen and all your requests for that session will become visible. The last request is editable and when you tap on it, the keyboard will pop up. When you have corrected any mistakes, tap “Done” and Siri will respond with the corrections.

1. Whenever you make a request of Siri and it is not interpreted correctly, you can simply drag down from near the top of the screen when in Siri mode. This will reveal all the requests you have made in that session. The cool thing is, the last request is always editable. Simply tap on the request and the keyboard will pop up. You can then go in and correct any mistakes. Tap “Done” when you are finished and Siri responds with the updated information – perfect!

2. The second method is another way to edit what you have said and Siri misinterpreted. This works for text messages, emails, and reminders. For example, if you are requesting that Siri send a text message to Bob and the body of the message has an error in it, you can simply tap on the message itself and you will be taken out of Siri mode and into the Messages app where you will find all of the text that you just dictated. Simply make corrections and then tap “Send”. Easy as that!

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