iOS 11 lets you text requests to Siri instead of talk

It's not as easy as you might think. iOS finally has a command line.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Talking to Siri can be a bit embarrassing when you’re in
crowded public spaces, but with iOS 11, Apple is finally
allowing users to submit questions to the digital assistant via


didn’t mention the new feature
during its WWDC 2017
keynote, however it’s already become one of our favorite
additions in the new beta because it gives iPhone and iPad
owners the closest thing yet to a command line.

To enable the feature, follow these steps:

1 – Open the iOS Settings app
2 – Go to General >> Accessibility >> Siri
3 – Toggle the switch for ‘Type to Siri’

Now instead of communicating to
the iPhone user via the speaker, Siri will instead show a text
entry box when you long press the home button.

Siri text input

With the
text input screen open, you can type out any commands or
requests that you have for Siri. If you made a typo, you can
even go back and edit your text.

The answers
are then displayed like normal in text and with Siri’s voice
coming out of the speaker. Should you ever get tired of typing
out your questions to Siri, you can toggle the setting back off
by going through the Settings app.


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