Make requests - iPad User Guide


Talking to Siri is a quick way to get things done. Ask Siri to set an alarm, find a destination, book a ride or a table, or send a love note. Siri can even change the lighting in a room with HomeKit-controlled lights. And the more you use Siri, the better it knows what you need.

Note: To use Siri, iPad must be connected to the Internet. See Connect to the Internet. Cellular charges may apply.

Hey Siri. To summon Siri, simply say “Hey Siri,” then make your request. For example, say “Hey Siri, how’s the weather today?”

The Siri screen showing the response from Siri to a request. At the bottom are a help button and the button you tap to speak to Siri.

The onscreen response from Siri often includes information or images that you can tap to get more info or take further action.

To turn Hey Siri on or off, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Listen for “Hey Siri.”

Note: On some models, Hey Siri is only recognized when iPad is connected to a power source.

Summon Siri with the Home button. Press and hold the Home button, release the button, then make your request. Or, instead of waiting for Siri to notice that you’ve stopped talking, continue to hold down the Home button while you speak, then release it when you finish.

If you’re using a headset, you can use the center or call button in place of the Home button.

Find out what Siri can do. Ask Siri “what can you do,” or tap the Help button.

Make corrections. If Siri misunderstands you:

  • Clarify your request verbally: Tap the Listen button, then rephrase your request.

  • Spell out a name: For example, say “No, it’s spelled K I T Z B U H E L.”

  • Edit your request with text: Above the response from Siri, tap “Tap to Edit,” then use the onscreen keyboard to clarify your request.

  • Change a message before sending it: Say “Change it.”

Ask Siri to translate. (beta) Siri can translate a phrase from English to Chinese, Spanish, French, German, or Italian. Ask Siri “How do you say” followed by the phrase you want to translate. Siri speaks the translation out loud, which can help you with pronunciation.

A screenshot of a Siri translation from English to Chinese.

Change the voice gender for Siri. (Not be available in all areas) Go to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Voice.

Adjust the volume for Siri. Use the volume buttons while you’re interacting with Siri. For voice feedback options, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Voice Feedback.

Prevent access to Siri when iPad is locked. Go to Settings > Siri & Search > Allow Siri When Locked.