How to Activate Siri on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X
All new iPhone models includes Siri access, the ever helpful (and sometimes goofy) virtual assistant that can perform tons of tasks by issuing simple commands by voice. But if you’re accustomed to accessing Siri by holding down a Home button and now you have a newer iPhone without a home button, like iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhon XS, iPhone XR, XS Max, or iPhone X, you’re probably wondering how to access Siri on the iPhone which does not have a Home button at all.
Accessing Siri on iPhone X and 11 series is easy as it ever was, it’s just different because there is no Home button on the device. It turns out there are actually a few ways to access Siri on iPhone, using a button, or by using the Hey Siri voice command.
Siri with no Home button? No problem! Rather than pressing a non-existent button, to get to Siri on the iPhone 11 and iPhone X you must hold down the Power button instead.
Yes, pressing and holding down the power button now summons Siri on iPhone 11 and iPhone X, and this is likely to be how you access Siri on future iPhone and iPad models that will forgo the Home button as well. You might be wondering how this works, and it’s quite simple:
Access Siri on iPhone 11 & iPhone X by Pressing Power Button
Press and hold the Power Side button on the iPhone 11 or iPhone X, keep holding the side button until you see the “How can I help you?” Siri screen with the little Siri listening indicator at the bottom of the display, and then release the button once you see Siri on screen.
In case you were wondering, the Power / Side button is located on the right side of iPhone 11 / XS / XR / X if you’re looking at the screen.
Once you see the Siri screen on iPhone 11 / XS / X, you can stop holding the Power button down. Just issue a voice command to Siri like you normally would, for example you can use these type of commands and questions:
- “What is the weather in Oshkosh Wisconsin?”
- “What time is it in Tokyo”
- “Remind me at 4 o clock about the meeting with Joe”
- “What song is playing right now?”
- “Set an alarm for 7am every week day”
- “How many feet are in 15 miles?”
- “What can you do for me?”
There are literally hundreds of Siri commands available out there, if you’re not sure what you can do with Siri just ask Siri “What can you do for me?”
The Power / Side / Lock button on iPhone 11, XS, XR, X performs many tasks. It’s what you click to lock the screen, press in combination to take a screenshot of iPhone X, double-press to access Apple Pay on iPhone X, press in a different combination to force restart iPhone X, and you can press it once to wake or sleep the screen too.
Access Siri on iPhone 11, XS, XR, X with Hey Siri Voice Commands
You can also access Siri on iPhone X by voice command only, but you must setup and enable Hey Siri in iOS on the device.
You may have done this already when configuring iPhone X on initial setup, but if you skipped it then simply go to the Settings app and find “Siri & Search” section and choose to enable “Listen for Hey Siri” in the settings.
Once Hey Siri is enabled and configured to your voice, as long as the iPhone X is charged and screen up*, and not in Low Power Mode, you can say “Hey Siri” followed by a Siri command and that will work to access Siri too.
* A little known trick for temporarily deactivating Hey Siri is to turn the iPhone screen down… the more you know!
So, remember for iPhone X there are two major ways to access Siri: Hey Siri voice command, and by pressing and holding on the Side Power button.
The power button trick for accessing Siri is unique to iPhone 11, XS, XR, X (or any other iOS device without a Home button if you happen to have some prototype model or future gen device), because previously you would hold down the Home button to access Siri on iPhone models. But, now iPhone X has no Home button, so you have to use the Side Power button instead.
If for whatever reason you can’t get Siri to work at all, try these Siri troubleshooting tricks to resolve the problem.