Using a digital assistant like Siri is a great way to get more done with your smartphone and also save you time and effort. On iOS, Siri can help you find things, set alarms and reminders, play your favorite Spotify music, and help you with email.
Anyone trying to control their smartphone hands-free will find Siri’s ability to make regular and Facetime calls especially useful. If you want to make Siri even more useful, learn how to use it to make calls and send messages on WhatsApp.
Why use Siri with WhatsApp
If you use WhatsApp on a daily basis for personal or professional communication, Siri can be of great help to you. Siri can help you make audio and video calls, send messages, and read unread WhatsApp messages aloud. An ideal solution if for some reason you cannot make a phone call to type text or make a call.
With Siri’s integration with third-party apps, all iPhone users can now enjoy the freedom to use WhatsApp without having to open the messaging app. This is very helpful for anyone struggling with digital addiction and trying to stay away from social media.
The integration was introduced as part of the iOS 10.3 update. Therefore, to use voice commands to reply to WhatsApp messages and WhatsApp calls, you need a device running iOS 10.3 or later.
What Siri Can’t Do?
Of course, using Siri with WhatsApp has some limitations. For example, if you want to send an audio message instead of plain text, you still have to open WhatsApp, record and send the message manually.
Also, if WhatsApp opens with unread messages you’ve received earlier, Siri will see them as read and won’t be able to read them aloud.
How to enable Siri
If you can’t get Siri to call or send messages for you, it probably isn’t activated on your iPhone. To turn on Siri, follow these steps:
- Open iPhone Settings.
- Find the Siri and Search section.
- Under Ask Siri, select Listen Hey Siri or Side Button Press for Siri and turn on the toggle to turn it on.
- If you are using an iPhone SE or iPhone 8 and older, select “Press Home Screen” for Siri to turn it on.
- If you are using iPhone X and later, press and hold the side button for about a second, then select Turn Siri on to activate it.
How to integrate Siri with WhatsApp
Now that your voice assistant is activated, you need to integrate Siri with the messenger to help you complete WhatsApp tasks. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open iPhone Settings.
- Go to Siri & Search.
- Scroll down and tap WhatsApp.
- On the next menu, enable the Use with Ask Siri option.
You can now use Siri to reply to messages, make calls, and read unread texts on WhatsApp.
How to make a WhatsApp call using Siri
It’s easy to use WhatsApp with Siri. You can start with a simple voice command to make a WhatsApp call. For example, Hey Siri, WhatsApp Voice Call * NAME *. Siri will then start a voice call with that WhatsApp contact.
If you want to start a video chat with someone, say â€œHey Siriâ€, â€œWhatsApp video call * NAME *â€ and Siri will initiate a WhatsApp video call.
To send someone a text message via WhatsApp, use the following voice command: Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to * NAME *. Siri will then ask you what you want to say in the message. Once you’re done, Siri will ask you for confirmation and then send a WhatsApp message. And all this without the need to unlock your phone or open WhatsApp.
How to make Siri read your WhatsApp messages
Another thing Siri can help you with is reading out loud your incoming WhatsApp messages. When you see a new message notification from WhatsApp, say Hey Siri, read my last WhatsApp message. Siri will tell you who the message came from and what it says.
Siri will also ask if you want to answer. If you answer â€œYes,â€ Siri will record your voice response and send it to the person after you confirm the answer.
Please note that Siri will only treat this message as unread the first time. If you ask to read unread messages again, Siri will inform you that you have no new messages. Even if it hasn’t been read on WhatsApp yet, Siri will read it aloud only once.
Learn to use WhatsApp like a pro
AI assistants like Siri can do much more than just optimize your WhatsApp experience. In addition to making WhatsApp calls and dictating messages, Siri helps you with surfing the web, playing media, scheduling events and alarms, and more. Learn to make the most of it to take full advantage of a hands-free smartphone experience.
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