AirPods 2 and Hey Siri
I was exchanging text messages with a friend yesterday and he asked me about how I use the ‘Hey Siri’ commend with my new AirPods. Here is a list of commends I use almost every day.
To lock or unlock the front door. I have an August Smart Lock, and when we are going out, I almost always tell Siri to lock the door.
Podcast: To start, pause, or go to the next chapter (using the app Overcast).
To control music (start, stop, skip or play).
To control the volume (for both podcast and music)
To control other HomeKit devices, but mostly for lights
I don’t do this as often, but I do ask Siri to read, respond, and send messages. This really works well. I can ask her to, “Read new messages”, and she tells me how many there are, and starts reading them to me.
I am adding stuff all the time using shortcuts. The problem is, I forget them!
I am trying to drink more water. I track this using an app called, WaterMinder. I use Siri to log water with the command, ‘Siri, log 21 oz of water’.
When I am in a more public place, using Siri can get a little awkward, but I find I don’t have to talk very loud for her to respond. I have confused my wife a few times, and she will respond, “What did you say”.
I find myself using this feature more frequently over time. I am always adding new Siri Shortcuts and often add a Siri phrase to invoke it. This can become a problem because I have too many of them, and forgot the phrase or that I even created it.
I still have an old pair of AirPods that I use while recharging my newer pair. I get annoyed when I try to use ‘Hey Siri’ with that pair. I could tap my right AirPod, as I have it configured that way, and she would respond the same way, but that is such a pain. I have issues.
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