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One of the coolest things of Siri can do is read your texts read out loud to you. Say you've got a bunch of unread text messages on your iPhone 4S and you don't want to tap through each one. After all, you might be concentrating on something you're looking at — er, like the road in front of your vehicle.

Siri can read your text messages to you in a human-like voice, and you can even respond to them using your voice, too. Now that's hands-free.

Here's how to have Siri read your text messages out loud:

  1. Press and hold the Home button.

    After the short chime, you can give Siri a command.

  2. Say something like, "Read me my texts."


    You can make the same request a number of different ways. "Do I have any messages?" works just great.

    Siri announces how many messages you have waiting for you. Siri then starts reading all new messages to you, beginning with the sender's name — or if the name is unknown, the phone number it's coming from. You won't see the message on the screen.

  3. When prompted by Siri to say what you want to do with the message, say either "Reply" or "Read them again."


    Siri performs the action requested.

Keep in mind that Siri will read only those text messages that you haven't picked up yet. If you've got a bunch of messages stored on your phone but you've already read and/or replied to them, Siri will tell you there isn't anything to read to you.

You have a number of options when it comes to responding to a text message. The following are a few commands that Siri can handle:

  • "Reply that's a great idea, thanks."

  • "Reply saying that's a great idea, thanks."

  • "Tell her I'll be there in 15 minutes."

  • "Call him."

  • "E-mail her."

  • "Read it again."

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