In this post, I cover using Siri with the Calendar App. Siri provides an interface to quickly create, update, and read calendar details from Apple’s Calendar App.
See the most common questions answered in the FAQ section, or view the complete list of Siri calendar commands under Keeping Up With Siri in the table of contents below.
Can Siri work with Google Calendar?
Yes and no. Siri won’t work with the Google Calendar App directly. But you can add your Google Calendar account to Apple’s Calendar App.
Google has a good tutorial on how to get your Google Calendar account working with Apple’s Calendar App. Once you’ve gone through these steps, you can use Siri to interact with your Google Calendar.
Can Siri add calendar events?
Yes. Siri can make calendar entries.
Can Siri read calendar events?
Sort of. Surprisingly, Apple’s Siri Guide doesn’t have an example, but Siri can indeed check calendar events.
Siri won’t read events directly to you on iPhone. Instead, Siri shows you a UI with the event. Check out the command in the Other Calendar Commands section <link>
Can Siri change calendar events?
Yes. Siri can reschedule, move, and rename events. Check out the commands listed below.
What’s the difference between an event, meeting, and appointment?
There’s no difference. For this post, I refer to any sort of entry on your calendar as an “event.” But really, any of these terms could be used interchangeably.
Keeping Up With Siri
Beyond the above FAQs, there are many other capabilities Siri has in terms of making your life easier with using the Calendar App. Before we dive into what they are, let me first introduce Keeping Up With Siri. In this series, I outline Apple’s Siri Guide of over 300 commands and provide a how-to for each. This post specifically focuses on using Siri to control Apple’s Calendar App on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and CarPlay.
“Hey Siri, set up a meeting at 9”
When you use this command, Siri creates an event on your calendar the next time “9” comes around. If you already have an event at that time, Siri will ask if you still want the event.
“Hey Siri, set up a meeting with Jimmy at 9”
This is similar to the previous command, only this time, an event is also sent to your contact Jimmy.
“Hey Siri, meet with Emily at noon”
Here’s an alternative way to set up a meeting, as Siri also understands the phrase “meet with.” Using this command will cause Siri to create an event at noon and send an invite to your contact Emily.
“Hey Siri, set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9am”
When you use this command, Siri creates an event titled “Hiring” for the next day at 9am.
“Hey Siri, new appointment with Susan Conway Friday at 3”
Here’s another way you can set up an event. Like with the previous commands, this command will have Siri creating an event on the calendar for the next Friday at 3pm. Siri will also send an invite to your contact Susan.
“Hey Siri, schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom”
This command highlights the ability to specify a location. When you use this command, Siri adds the location “Boardroom” to the calendar event called “Planning Meeting.”
“Hey Siri, moving my 3pm meeting at 4:30”
Siri can quickly change events for you, as well. Using this command will move the meeting to another time that you specify.
“Hey Siri, reschedule my appointment with Dr. Patrick to next Monday at 9am”
In terms of modifying current events, you aren’t limited to events without contacts listed. For instance, when you use this command, Siri sends a reschedule request to your contact Dr. Patrick with the recommended time.
“Hey Siri, add Emily to my meeting with Brian”
Siri can add and remove contacts to events. When you use this command, Siri looks for an event that has a contact named Brian and adds your new contact Emily, once confirming with you.
Other Calendar Commands
These commands aren’t in the Apple Guide, but they absolutely should be.
“Hey Siri, what’s on my calendar today”
When you use this command, Siri shows you the calendar events for the day. You can change “today” to any date, like “Thursday” or June 1st.”
Want to learn what else Siri can do on your iPhone and other Apple devices? See all 300+ voice commands in the series Keeping Up With Siri Commands.