How to use Siri on your Apple Watch
There are several ways to interact with the Apple Watch, including the Force Touch screen that can differentiate between a touch and a press, and the Digital Crown button on the side that can be touched, pressed, and used as a scroll wheel.
But there is also a way to interact with Apple’s smartwatch that is already familiar to iPhone users, and that way is through Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. Here, we show you how to use Siri on your Apple Watch.
How to use Siri on Apple Watch
To access Siri on your Apple Watch, you can press and hold the digital crown or simply raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri.” Siri will be listening to your request.
If you’re using the Apple Watch Series 3 or higher, its W2 chipset allows Siri to finally answer you on the watch instead of just displaying her written response on the screen.
The improved performance also translates into faster responses from Siri, and if you’ve opted for the cellular variant of the smartwatch, you can even use it when you’re not connected to your smartphone.
Use Siri to get directions on Apple Watch
You can ask Siri how to get somewhere, and the Maps app will open with directions to your destination. “How do I get to the Plaza de España?” for example.
As you walk, Apple Watch will prompt you to turn left or right by gently tapping your wrist using haptic feedback.
Use Siri to find out the result of a football match on Apple Watch
If you follow a particular sports team, you can ask Siri for the results. “Did Real Madrid win yesterday’s soccer game?” will display the results on the Apple Watch screen.
Use Siri to launch apps on Apple Watch
With the Apple Watch screen being much smaller than the ones we are used to seeing on our iPhones or iPads, it is hard to imagine navigating to a particular app.
The icons on the Apple Watch home screen are little circles, for example, and depending on the number of apps you have, they may not all fit on one screen.
That’s where the opening capabilities of the Siri app come in handy. Say “Hi Siri. Open Workout,” and the voice assistant will do just that, saving you the time of searching for the Workout app icon on your Apple Watch screen.
Use Siri to set alarms on Apple Watch
You can also have Siri set you an alarm. Just say, “Hey Siri. Set the alarm for 6.30” and voila.
Use Siri to make phone calls on Apple Watch
Siri is also a quick and easy way to make phone calls. Say, “Hey Siri. Call Mom” and the phone app will quickly dial the correct number. For more information, see our guide to phone calls on Apple Watch.
Use Siri to send messages on Apple Watch
Texting is easier using Siri, too. You can say, “Hey Siri. Text Mom, can I go get a cup of tea?” We have a message guide on the Apple Watch here.
There are many more things you can do with Siri on the Apple Watch. See your appointments for the day, for example, and find out what the weather is going to be like before leaving home without the umbrella.