Activate Siri Directly from the Earbuds
Siri is much more useful than many realize, and one of the best ways to use Siri while on the go is through your earbuds or earpods, the classic white headphones that come with all iOS devices. All you need is Siri enabled, and then connect the earbuds to your iPhone or iPad as you normally would, then it’s just a matter of summoning the virtual assistant and speaking commands.
Once you have the white earphones hooked up to the iOS device through the headphone port, using Siri this way is incredibly simple:
- Press and hold the center Earbud button for a second or two to activate Siri
Once activated, you will hear the familiar pinging sound played through the headphones to indicate that Siri is ready to receive a command or instruction. Now you can use Siri as usual, without ever having to look at your iOS device.
This is a perfect solution for using Siri mostly hands-free while driving or riding a bike, whether it’s checking for new emails, launching apps like Pandora, or what other great uses you find. Best of all, this works not only with Apple’s newest Earpods, but even the oldest earbuds models, and even some third party headphones, as long as they have those buttons that also control music and take pictures, you’re good to go. That’s also the reason that many generic headphones won’t work for this functionality, because they do not have controls built into them, and they also don’t have microphones built in.
If for some reason this isn’t working, you may want to check to make sure the headphone jack isn’t filled with pocket lint or other material, which can sometimes interfere with how audio output in general. Also, you’ll want to make sure that the headphones you’re using have the control buttons with microphone, which virtually all Apple-branded headphones do, and that those aspects are working in general.