How to Use the Siri Calendar - dummies

How to Use the Siri Calendar

Staying organized is easy with the Siri Calendar on your iPhone 4S. Siri makes it drop-dead simple to add or access calendar entries, without having to stop to type in all the information. By speaking a few sentences, you can change appointments, add location information, or have Siri read off what’s on your calendar for any given day.

To minimize redundancy, be sure to take advantage of Apple’s iCloud service, which wirelessly synchronizes all your information and content between multiple devices (up to 5GB for free). Your calendar entries automatically sync with your personal computer or other iOS device (such as an iPad or iPod touch). When you add or edit an entry on your iPhone 4S, tablet, or computer, all devices are updated over the Internet. To set up calendar entries with iCloud, go to Settings on your iPhone, tap iCloud, and swipe to turn on Calendars (underneath Contacts).

Adding new calendar entries

Adding a new calendar appointment using Siri is a breeze.

  1. Press and hold the Home button.

    The little chime you hear means Siri is listening for your instructions.

  2. Tell Siri about a calendar appointment you’d like to make.

    For example, say, “Remember to call Auntie Terry-Lynn at 5pm tomorrow” or “Set up a meeting about the sales report at 9 a.m. Thursday.”


  3. Confirm or cancel the appointment.

    Say “Cancel” or “Yes” or tap Cancel or Confirm to either or confirm the appointment.

    Siri will warn you if your proposed appointment overlaps with an existing one.


Siri isn’t too picky: You can ask Siri to set up an appointment in a number of different ways. You can say, “Add calendar entry,” “New appointment with person,” “Set up a meeting,” or “Meet with person,” to name a few examples.

Adding location information

Along with the date and time, you can also use Siri to set a location for your appointment.

  1. Press and hold the Home button.

  2. Give Siri a calendar-related command.

    Say something like, “Schedule a sales meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the boardroom.”

  3. Review what Siri is showing you.

    The location for the meeting displays underneath the subject.


After Siri shows you the confirmed calendar appointment, you can tap the entry and it’ll open up the Calendar app for you to add or edit details, if desired. Or maybe someone walked into the room and you’d rather type discreetly than talk out loud. Simply tap the Edit button, and you can make all kinds of alterations, including when the meeting starts and ends, the time zone, alerts and repeats, related websites, and notes. You can also delete the event from here, too. Just be aware you can edit your spoken calendar entry with typed words, if you like.

Reviewing calendar appointments

Siri can also help you quickly review your calendar appointments. The following bullet list highlights a few examples of what you can ask Siri and what you’ll see and hear in return:

  • “What does my day look like?” Siri shows you today’s calendar entries.

  • “When is my next meeting?” Siri tells and shows you the time for your next appointment.

  • “What do I have on Friday?” Siri displays all calendar entries for a given date.

  • “When am I meeting with Julie?” Siri says and displays the time for your next appointment.

  • “Where is my meeting with Steven?” Siri tells you the location for the relevant appointment and shows you the calendar entry, too.