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Siri and Texts: How to Command Your Messages with Ease

Picture this: You’re in the middle of preparing dinner, hands covered in flour, and suddenly remember you need to send a quick text to your friend. No need to wash up and type; just say, “Hey Siri, send a text message.” Welcome to the world of Siri text message commands, a feature that transforms your voice into a powerful messaging tool.

In this guide, we’ll dive into the convenience and simplicity of using Siri for texting. Whether you’re asking Siri to send a new message, read your incoming texts aloud, or even delete an old conversation, mastering these commands can make your life significantly easier.

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Can Siri Send Text Messages? Absolutely!

Sending text messages through Siri is not only possible but also incredibly easy and efficient. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Activate Siri: Say “Hey Siri” or hold down the home button on your iPhone to wake Siri up.
  2. Command Siri to Text: Start with a clear command, “Send a text to [Contact’s Name].” If Siri has access to your contacts, it will recognize the name you mention.
  3. Dictate Your Message: After Siri asks what you want to tell your contact, speak your message. For example, “Tell John, ‘I’ll be there in 10 minutes.'”
  4. Review and Send: Siri will show you your text preview. You can say “Send” to dispatch the message or “Edit” to make changes.

This hands-free messaging is particularly useful when driving, cooking, or even when your phone is out of reach.

Siri, Read My Texts: How Siri Can Be Your Personal Reader

Have you ever been curious about a text message you’ve received, but your hands were tied up? Siri comes to the rescue by reading your text messages out loud. This feature is not just convenient; it’s a game-changer for safe driving and multitasking. Here’s how to use Siri to have your messages read to you:

  1. Activate Siri: Start by waking Siri with a “Hey Siri” or a long press on the home button.
  2. Ask Siri to Read Your Messages: Say, “Read my new messages,” and Siri will start reading your latest unread texts. After each message, Siri will ask if you want to reply.
  3. Replying to Messages: If you choose to reply, just dictate your response to Siri. For example, you can say, “Reply, ‘Thanks for the update, see you soon.'”

This feature is handy when you’re driving. Imagine you’re on the road and hear the familiar ding of a text message. Instead of reaching for your phone, a simple command to Siri can keep you informed and your eyes on the road. 

The Art of Deleting: Can Siri Remove Text Messages?

Currently, Siri can assist you in sending and reading messages, but it doesn’t extend to deleting them. This task remains manual, primarily for privacy and security reasons. To delete messages, you’ll need to dive into your Messages app and do it yourself. While Siri’s capabilities constantly expand, message deletion isn’t on its list yet.

Siri Text Message Command List

“Hey Siri, tell Susan I’ll be right there”

This command shows you how to send a text message to any of your contacts with a single Siri command. Just replace “Susan” with someone from your contacts list. 

For instance, when I give this command, Siri shows me this screen and asks me to confirm the message is correct before sending it. 

Siri Message UI
Siri Message UI

I can say “yes” or click the send button myself. After verbally saying yes, Siri then says “OK, it’s sent.” 

This command is quick, simple, and easy to do. Apple aims to save you time with sending text messages via Siri, so if you haven’t already, give this a try. 

“Hey Siri, send a message to Brian Park”

When using Siri to send text messages, you also don’t need to provide the actual message itself within the command (like above). 

Instead, after you give this command, Siri asks what message you would like to send to your contact. Once you provide the message, you get the same experience as before: Siri shows you the message and then asks if you want to send it.

Siri Message Prompt UI
Siri Message Prompt UI

When Siri asks you what you want to say, it highlights one of the big differences between Apple’s Voice Assistant and competitors. Siri strives to accept all commands from you. If Siri needs additional info, she’ll ask you. This means you don’t have to memorize a specific command. With Siri, you simply say what you want, and Siri will figure out the rest.

Overall, this command is great to use when you have a more complicated message to send.

“Hey Siri, send a message to Emily saying how about tomorrow”

This command yields exactly the same results as the first command in this section. The only difference here is you tell Siri to “send a message” instead of “Let <contact> know.” 

Either way you phrase it, both commands highlight that Siri understands you want to send a text message and has the ability to do so.

“Hey Siri, tell Lindsey the show was great”

This command is another variation of the first command in this section. With this command, you’re able to substitute another phrase—this time “the show was great”—for your message.  

With this command in mind, here are the two phrases Siri understands for sending text messages:

  1. Send a message to <context> <message>
  2. Tell <contact> <message>

“Hey Siri, send a message to Susan on her mobile saying I’ll be late”

When given this command, Siri knows the various ways you can contact Susan—one of them being the phone number labeled “mobile.” 

This command highlights Siri’s ability to understand the deeper details from your contacts, just like you can with phone commands

“Hey Siri, send a message to 408 555 1212”

You don’t need to specify a contact as the only way to send a message. You can also send a text to a number that you say aloud. Pay close attention to the confirmation message, though. Siri could get any of the digits wrong, causing you to send a message to someone you don’t intend.

“Hey Siri, text Brian and Emily where are you”

You can send group messages with Siri by supplying multiple contacts at once. And just like with the above commands, you’ll see a similar flow where after you give this command Siri will confirm the message and the contacts you’re sending it to before actually sending it.

Reading Message Alerts

“Hey Siri, read my new messages”

When you use this command, Siri will read unread messages, one at a time. After each message, Siri asks you if you’d like to reply before moving on to the next unread message.

Using Siri to read your unread messages is handy, but could be troublesome. Just make sure there isn’t anyone around who you may not want to hear your messages.

“Hey Siri, read it again”

This command only works in combination with the above command, “Hey Siri, read my new messages.” You can use this follow-up command to have Siri reread the last message she read aloud to you.

Responding to Messages

“Hey Siri, reply that’s great news”

This command is dependent on who your last message was to or what message you are currently looking at when you summon Siri.

If Siri can find a message and contact to reply to, then Siri will create a message and ask you to confirm it’s correct before sending. But if Siri can’t find a message to reply to, then Siri will ask you for a contact.

“Hey Siri, tell him I’ll be there in 10 minutes”

This command is similar to the above command, only this time, you don’t have to use the word “reply” for Siri to understand you want to send a follow-up message. Siri understands both verbs “reply” and “tell” when you’re replying to the last read message.

“Hey Siri, call her”

If you want to stop text messaging and start a voice chat instead, you can do just that with this Siri command. And just like with the previous two commands, Siri will find out who you want to call by looking at your previous commands and what message you are currently looking at. Once Siri figures out the right contact, a phone call will start.

“Hey Siri, FaceTime her”

In addition to using Siri to make phone calls, you can also use Siri to FaceTime.

Searching for Messages

“Hey Siri, read my last message from Emily”

Someone at Apple really likes the name Emily! Use this command to have Siri read the last message from Emily—or whatever contact you specify—aloud to you. Siri will read the last message and then ask if you want to reply, just like with the other messages in the Reading Message Alerts Section.

Siri Reply UI
Siri Reply UI

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Activate Siri for Text Messaging?

To use Siri for text messaging, first ensure Siri is enabled on your device. Go to ‘Settings,’ then ‘Siri & Search,’ and turn on ‘Listen for “Hey Siri”‘ or press the side or home button for Siri. Once activated, you can use the earlier commands to send and read texts.

Can Siri Send Group Texts?

Yes, Siri can send messages to multiple contacts. Say, “Hey Siri, send a message to [Contact 1], [Contact 2], and [Contact 3],” followed by your message. Siri will send your text to all the contacts you’ve named.

Is It Possible to Edit Texts with Siri?

While Siri can’t directly edit a text once it’s sent, you can use Siri to create a new message or add to an existing one before sending it. If you notice a mistake in your dictated message, say “Change it” before sending it, and Siri will let you dictate a new message.

How Secure Are Text Messages Sent Through Siri?

Text messages sent through Siri are as secure as those sent directly from your iPhone. Siri uses the same encryption and security protocols as iOS. However, remember that using Siri in public can expose your messages to bystanders, so use discretion when dictating sensitive information.

Siri and Texts: A Match Made in Tech Heaven

To wrap up, using Siri for text messages is a game-changer. It simplifies sending and reading texts, making your daily communication effortless. While Siri can’t delete messages yet, its ability to handle most of your texting needs is remarkable.

If you’ve got any thoughts, experiences, or tips about using Siri for texting, we’d love to hear from you in the comments! Your input helps everyone learn and get more from their devices.

For more on Siri, check out our Siri Archives. You’ll find plenty of useful information to enhance your Siri experience there. Check out what else you can do with Apple’s Voice Assistant in Keeping Up With Siri Commands. In this series, I take the guesswork out of what Siri can do on your iPhone. 

1 thought on “Siri and Texts: How to Command Your Messages with Ease”

  1. I had a mishap with a text Siri sent. I was answering a friend in a text, and wanted Siri to read it back. I often say “Review” and then she reads it back. This time she kept saying “send it?” each time I said review. Finally, I said to my husband, I hate when she does this. He asked me what I was talking about. I said when Siri keeps asking, “Send it, send it.” Next thing I knew, she sent “I hate when she does this” to my friend. Thank goodness my friend believed me because it was a response to a question and easily could have been misinterpreted.

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