How to Activate Siri on Your Apple Watch

By Marc Saltzman

Can you think of an even more natural way to interface with a smartwatch than touching it? How about talking into it? Apple’s Siri (pronounced “sear-eee”) is a voice-activated personal assistant that lets you ask questions or give a command on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — and now Apple Watch. With the other iOS devices, you simply press and hold the circular Home button to ask a question.

Here’s a quick snapshot on how to use it.

To activate Siri on your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Digital Crown.

    Siri is ready for your instructions after the short chime.

  2. Ask Siri a question or give a command.

    You could, for example, ask “Who’s winning the New York Yankees game?” In fact, you don’t have to say the full team’s name; therefore, asking how the “Yankees” are doing instead of the “New York Yankees” is usually fine. Siri then shows you the requested information or tells you what you asked for.

    As the information is being displayed — in real time, no less — Siri also says something like “Okay, sports fans, let’s have a look” or “Here you go.”

  3. Press the Digital Crown button again if you want to go back to the Home screen.

    You should then see the Apple Watch’s main screen — flush with icons.

Just like with Siri on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you need an Internet connection to use Siri on Apple Watch. The requested information is sent to Apple’s servers to process — like your question about the baseball score — and the information is then sent to the watch to give you the answer. Your watch needs to be connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to a nearby iPhone.