Apple’s introduction of Siri suggestions in iOS 9 made it very easy to access the searches, apps, or other items you’ve used recently. Originally called Spotlight on iOS, third-party apps can also take advantage of Siri’s suggestions. They are just one more way that Apple hopes to integrate Siri into our daily lives. Unlike saying “Hey Siri” and asking him to do a specific task, Siri Suggestions does the heavy lifting for you. Let’s see how to use this underestimated feature of Apple devices.
How do Siri suggestions work?
Overall, Siri Suggestions works in a way that requires almost no effort on the part of the owner of the Apple device. To access the suggestions on an iOS device, swipe down the center of any home screen. From there, a search bar will appear with an application box under the title “Siri Suggestions”.
These may be apps that you have recently used or apps that appear based on your location. For example, if you pick up Starbucks at the same time each morning, the Starbucks app will appear in this box at that time. If you go to the same gym regularly, Siri Suggestions will also display your favorite training app.
Siri Suggestions also learns in other applications. In the case of the Apple email application, Siri Suggestions will help you enter the email addresses that you use frequently. Siri will then enter the email in the “To” or “CC” sections for you. The same goes for Apple Watch users who will see location suggestions on their Apple screens.
Activation / deactivation of Siri and search on iOS
If you haven’t activated the default Siri suggestions in iOS 13 on your Apple device, activation is only a few steps away.
1. Launch the settings on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Press Siri and Search.
3. The second set of options is called “Siri Suggestions” and offers three different options: “Suggestions in Search”, “Suggestions in Look Up” and “Suggestions on Lock Screen”.
4. If they are all ready to be turned on, you are ready to go. Just use your phone as you normally would and Siri will learn more every day. You can also scroll down a bit and enable / disable Siri suggestions by app.
5. If you wish to deactivate one or all of these functions, drag them to “Off”. This is all you need to do to disable the functionality.
Enabling / disabling Siri suggestions on Mac
1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
2. Choose Siri from the list of available options, look at the bottom right of the Siri screen and search for “Siri Suggestions & Privacy”.
3. You can now select (or disable) the apps Siri can learn to make suggestions. Only some of the apps listed here offer Siri suggestions. It should be noted that not all Mac applications offer Siri suggestions as an option to enable or disable. Mail, FaceTime and Contacts can be activated but the default applications like Apple Maps do not offer such an option.
4. When you have finished making your selections, click “Done” to save all of the changes.
Using Siri suggestions in apps
Most Apple device users now know that Siri can help you throughout your iOS or macOS experience. Let’s see some of the best examples of when Siri suggestions will appear when using your iPhone or iPad.
- Create emails and events: When you start adding people to a calendar invitation or an email, Siri automatically suggests people or events that were included in previous emails.
- Leaving for an event: If your calendar invitation includes a location, Siri will incorporate Apple Maps and notify you when the best time to leave is based on current traffic and weather conditions.
- View your flight status: If you have a boarding pass in the Mail app, Siri will display your flight status in Maps. He will recommend the right time to leave for the airport as well as instructions.
- Typing: When you start typing, Siri starts to suggest names of places, movies, or anything that has been previously displayed on your iPhone or iPad. If you want to tell a friend that you are about to meet them, Siri will even suggest an estimated arrival time so that you can coordinate.
- Read Apple News stories: Siri Suggestions will begin to learn what type of news or interests you read frequently and will begin to suggest similar stories and interests.
- Search in Safari: Siri will start suggesting websites and other information in the search field when you start typing in the URL bar.
- To confirm an appointement: When you confirm an appointment and the date and time are listed in an email or website, Siri will offer to add it to your calendar.
Siri Suggestions has become an integral part of Apple’s future plan with Siri as a whole. While Siri lags behind Alexa and Google Assistant in the voice assistant phase, tools like Siri Suggestions will help its audience grow. As more and more Apple users become more familiar with what Siri can do, they are likely to explore its other potentials. This is good news for Apple. What is your favorite Siri suggestion?
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