How to Use Siri on Your iPhone 13, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max

By Novak Bozovic / September 17, 2021

During the last couple of years, we’ve seen significant improvements to Siri, Apple’s digital assistant that also respects your privacy. With that said, know that Siri becomes more capable with each new iPhone generation, and that’s the case with the iPhone 13 lineup as well. So, if you’re wondering how to use Siri on your iPhone 13, know that you’ve come to the right place.


The following content applies to all iPhone 13 models. However, plenty of it applies to any iPhone capable of running iOS 15 and even to other devices that come with Siri built-in.

How to Enable 'Hey Siri' Commands on iPhone 13

The most intuitive way to use Siri is by relying on the 'Hey Siri' voice command. So, if you didn’t enable this feature while setting up your iPhone, do the following. 

1. Launch the 'Settings' app on your iPhone 13. 

2. Now, navigate to 'Siri & Search.' Select to open this group of settings. 

3. Flip the switch on the right side of – Listen to "Hey Siri." 

Steps to Enable Siri on iPhone

4. Follow the prompts you’ll see on your screen, letting you register your voice. 

5. Once done, feel free to close the Settings app and start using Siri


Before you exit the 'Siri & Search' group of settings, take a moment to check what’s found there. Thanks to improvements in iOS 15, Siri is now much more intelligent while also giving you all of the options you need to fine-tune your privacy. 

How to Use Siri on iPhone 13 Without Saying 'Hey Siri'

Yes, it's possible to use Siri without saying 'Hey Siri' whenever you want to issue voice commands. To enable that option, go through the following steps. 

1. Open the 'Settings' app on your iPhone 13. 

2. Navigate to 'Siri & Search.' Tap to open this group of settings. 

3. Flip the switch next to 'Press Side Button for Siri.'

4. Also, it would be helpful if you enable the 'Allow Siri When Locked' option. 

Now, there’s no need to say 'Hey Siri' when you want to issue a command. Instead, you need to press and hold the 'Side' button (on the right side of your iPhone 13). Once you do that, Siri’s icon will appear at the bottom of the screen. 

While Siri's icon is active, speak your command or request. While doing so, you'll see that Siri's icon changes, trying to listen and then process your input. To issue another command, press the Siri icon again or hold the 'Side' button again. 

However, it’s also possible to completely avoid speaking to Siri. In other words, you can use your iPhone’s keyboard to input your request. That option is hidden deep in iOS, so you need to do the following. 

1. Navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility on your iPhone. 

2. Now, tap on 'Siri' to reveal a set of handy options and tweaks. 

3. Flip the switch next to 'Type to Siri.' That’s it!

Steps to Enable Type to Siri on iPhone

Once again, you'll need to interact with Siri by pressing and holding the 'Side' button. However, this time around, iOS's virtual keyboard will appear on your screen. Type in your request, and Siri will respond to you (in the way you defined in the Accessibility > Siri group of settings). 

What Can I Ask Siri on iPhone 13? 

Siri works across a vast range of apps on the iPhone 13 lineup, letting you control your phone in more ways than one. With that said, the following table gives you a taste of what to expect. 

Types of Voice Commands Sample Voice Commands
Making Audio/Video Calls Call Mom.
Call [name] on speakerphone.
Start a FaceTime Call with [Name].
Sending SMS/iMessage Send a message to [name].
Text [name1] and [name2].
Taking Photos/Videos Take a photo. 
Record a video.
Show me photos from [place].
Show me photos from [date].
Scan a QR code. 
Get Directions (via Apple Maps) Find coffee near me.
What restaurants are near me?
Get directions home.
Where’s the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot.
Find me an Uber. 
Control Your Device(s) Turn Wi-Fi ON/OFF.
Switch to Airplane Mode.
Open Settings.
Open [App Name].
Raise/lower the volume.
Brighten/darken the display.
General Information Will I need an umbrella today?
Show me the weather forecast.
What’s the weather in [place]?
What time is it in [city/place]?
What is $50 in [currency]?
What is the square root of [number]?
What airplanes are above me? 

Siri has become quite powerful lately, and it would be a shame not to use Apple’s digital assistant. With that said, we strongly recommend checking the official Siri presentation on Apple’s website, which is often updated with examples on what to ask Siri. 

How to Make a Correction if Siri Misunderstands You? 

You’ve probably seen videos online featuring Siri and showing funny responses or different types of comedic situations that come from Siri's inability to understand requests. We get it – those videos are funny, but don't let that change your opinion on this amazing piece of tech. 

With that said, it’s normal for Siri to misunderstand you, which might happen on occasion. That’s why you also need to know how to make a correction to your request, as explained below. 


Want to learn more about your brand-new phone? We’re sure you do! So, don’t forget to check the latest iPhone 13-focused articles on TechNadu, where you’ll find news, tutorials, and guides. 

That would be all on how to use Siri on your iPhone 13. In case of any questions, let us know via the comments section below. And finally, thank you for reading!

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