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For Seniors: How to Activate Siri on Your iPhone 4S

The real reason to buy iPhone 4S is Siri, a personal assistant feature that responds to the commands you speak to your phone. When you first go through the process of registering your phone, making settings for your location, using iCloud, and so on, at one point you will see the following screen.

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To activate Siri at this point, just tap Use Siri. As you begin to use your phone, iPhone reminds you about using Siri by displaying this message:

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If you didn’t activate Siri during the registration process, you can use Settings to turn Siri on by following these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

  2. Tap General, and then tap Siri.

  3. In the dialog, tap the On/Off button to turn Siri on.

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  4. If you wish to change the language Siri uses, tap Language and choose a different language in the list that appears.

If you only want Siri to verbally respond to your requests when the handset isn’t in your hands, Tap Voice Feedback and choose Handsfree Only.

Here’s how this setting works and why you might want to use it: In general if you’re holding your iPhone you can read responses on the screen so you might choose not to have your phone talk to you out loud.

In addition, if you are, say, puttering with an electronics project and want to speak requests for mathematical calculations and hear the answers rather than have to read them, Handsfree is a useful setting.

Siri is only available on iPhone 4S with Internet access and cellular data charges could apply. In addition, Apple warns that available features may vary by area.

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