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Here you’ll find everything you can do regarding Siri photo commands. Learning what Siri can do for you is essential to getting the most out of your iPhone and iOS devices. But discovering what Siri commands are available to you is challenging. That’s where this series comes in. 

In this post, I test all available commands for using Siri with the Photos App. For instance, did you know you can use Siri to search your photos by location, person, and time? Siri can even search for selfie photos specifically. And the best part is you can also use these Siri commands to search photos on not just your iPhone but your iPad too.

See the most common questions answered in the FAQ section, or view the complete list of Siri photo commands under Keeping Up With Siri in the table of contents below.


Can Siri send photos?

No. Siri does not have the ability to send photos via the Messages App at this time. However, Siri can send messages for you. For more information, view the Siri Messages Commands.

Can Siri identify photos?

Not Siri, but the Photos App can. Open the Photos App and see what it has identified in your photos. Siri can search for photos with specific people, places, and times with the commands below.

Yes. Siri can open Apps via Siri Apps Commands. Try the command: “Hey Siri, open photos.”

Can Siri search photos?

Yes. Keep scrolling down to get the list of specific commands you can give Siri for searching photos.

Keeping Up With Siri

Now that your burning questions are answered above, do you want to learn all of the photo commands Siri supports? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Keeping Up With Siri. In this series, I try out Apple’s Siri Guide and test the 366 available commands. This post focuses on photo commands you can give Siri.

Photos Commands

“Hey Siri, find my Italy trip last month”

When you give this command, Siri searches your photos for the location “Italy” and the previous month, relative to the current date. If Siri gets a hit, Siri will open the Photos App and show the applicable photos to you.

“Hey Siri, show photos with Jane in Hawaii last year”

When you use this command, Siri looks for the intersection of photos with three different pieces of info: a person, a place, and a time. If Siri finds a match, Siri will open the Photos App right to the resulting photos.

With this command, Apple highlights the ability to search with using three filters at once: people, place, and time.

“Hey Siri, search for my selfies at the Golden Gate Bridge”

This command highlights the ability to specifically look for selfie photos. When you use this command, Siri looks for selfie-style photos taken in the specific location you designated—in this case the Golden Gate Bridge.

“Hey Siri, look up skiing pictures with Alexa”

Siri has the ability to look for more than just a selfie photo. In essence, any label you see in the photos app can be searched by Siri, as well. When you give this command, Siri will show you pictures with the person, Alexa, that also has snow and/or ski-related content.

“Hey Siri, show the wedding I attended in Florida”

Wedding pictures are also searchable by Siri. Like the other commands, Siri will open the Photos App and search with using the specific filter you provided—in this case, wedding-related photo content captured in Florida.

“Hey Siri, memories from the Monterey Bay Aquarium”

Memories are a specific type of photo collections that Apple creates for you. Usually these collections revolve around an event or time period, like a trip to the aquarium. Siri can also search for memory collections by name and open them for you in the Photos App.

Siri has impressive search abilities with your Photo App, letting you easily find specific photos fast, whether selfies or taken in a specific placequickly. 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. 

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