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Everything new with Siri and Dictation in iOS 16

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With every iteration of iOS, Apple makes improvements to the built-in Siri voice assistant, and iOS 16 is no exception. Offline support has been expanded, Siri can finally end calls, and guidance on when and where you can access Siri has been improved.


This guide covers everything that’s new in Siri, as well as detailed information about Dictation updates.

Siri

Simple Shortcuts

Siri-activated shortcuts no longer require an installation process to use them. When you download and install the app, Siri can activate the shortcuts right away.

Emoji in texts

When you send a message using Siri, you can ask Siri to insert an emoji into your message. You’ll need to specify the specific character you’re requesting, and it’s also helpful to say “emoji” after each request so Siri doesn’t get confused.

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Ending calls

If you’re talking to someone on the speakerphone and it ends, you can ask Siri to end the call.

Automatic message sending

In the Settings app, under Siri and Search, there’s a new option to automatically send a message using Siri, which removes the confirmation step you have to go through when sending text through Siri.

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Having to confirm each message can be frustrating if you’re talking to someone for a long time and don’t have access to your phone to enter text, so it makes things easier and also works with CarPlay.

This is an optional feature and can be disabled for the car and headphones if desired.

Siri Command Guide

If you want to know more about how you can use Siri, just ask. When you’re in an app or doing something on your iPhone, say “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” to see what Siri is capable of.

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You can also ask Siri about a specific app with a command such as “Hey Siri, what can I do with [insert app name]?”

More offline features

‌Siri‌ can do more on a device in ‌iOS 16‌ without having to go to an Apple server, meaning there’s a wider range of features available when you don’t have an internet connection.

‌Siri‌ can handle HomeKit, intercom, and voicemail requests when you’re offline.

Special abilities

In the Accessibility section of the Settings app, under the heading Siri‌, there are new options for changing the Siri pause time, which causes the voice assistant to wait for you to finish speaking for a longer period of time. Siri Pause Time can be set to Default, Longer, and Longest.

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There’s also an “Announce Notifications Through Speaker” option to have Siri speak notifications aloud, and you can turn on the “Prefer verbal responses” option to force Siri to speak aloud in situations such as the phone is off.

Dictation

With ‌iOS 16‌, Apple has completely redesigned dictation, making it easier to switch between voice and touch. When you’re dictating on an ‌iPhone‌ or iPad, you can tap the text box and type using the keyboard to make changes and insert QuickType suggestions without stopping the dictation process.

There’s also a new cursor popup that’s available when you’re dictating, and if you tap on it, you’ll be able to stop dictating more quickly.

Automatic punctuation

When you dictate text, your device automatically punctuates with commas, periods, and question marks where appropriate.

The ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ will listen to what you say, wait for you to finish, and then add commas and periods depending on the structure of your words. It’s not always perfect, but it’s better than punctuation, as required in iOS 15 and earlier.

Emoji support

As with Siri, the built-in dictation feature also supports inserting emojis via voice command.

Dictation in messages

In the iOS 16 Messages app, the Dictation icon is right in the Messages text field, making it much easier to access. If Dictation is enabled, you will see a clickable microphone icon that launches the dictation setup.

The Dictation icon replaces the voice message icon that was to the right of the Messages text input field in ‌iOS 15‌. If Dictation is not enabled, there is no icon in the text box.

Feedback from the guide

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