Category: Siri

How to Set a Timer on Mac

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Setting a timer on the Mac is pretty easy, though you’ll be forgiven if you assumed there would be a dedicated timer feature within the clock app of MacOS, as there is in the iOS and iPadOS world. It turns out that a timer functionality is not yet part of the clock app or clock widget on the Mac, but that doesn’t mean you can’t easily set a timer.

Instead, setting a timer on a Mac is accomplished with Siri. We’ll show you how.

How to Set a Timer on Mac with Siri

  • Summon Siri on the the Mac, then say “Set a timer for (time)”

Set a timer on Mac with Siri

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How to Turn Off Siri on Apple Watch to Stop Siri Listening

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Don’t want Apple Watch to always be listening for the “Hey Siri” command? You can turn off Siri on Apple Watch if you want to stop it from listening to you, ready to take your commands.

We’ll show you how to turn off the Siri listening feature Apple Watch, which still allows you to use Siri if manually activated, and also how to turn off Siri completely so that the entire feature is not available on Apple Watch. Finally, we’ll also show you how to delete your Siri history and voice commands from Apple servers.


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How to Use Announce Messages with Siri on Apple Watch

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Did you know that Siri on Apple Watch can read out all the messages you receive, and even reply to them without having to take your iPhone out of your pocket? As long as you have a second-generation and newer AirPods or compatible Beats wireless headphones, you’ll be able to take advantage of this feature with your Apple Watch.

Announce Messages with Siri is a feature that adds more functionality to the AirPods and Beats line-up of wireless headphones. When you have these headphones connected to your Apple Watch, Siri will announce every message that shows up…

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How to Disable Location Services on HomePod

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Location Services are enabled by default on the HomePod, so that if you ask HomePod or HomePod mini things like what the weather is, it will be able to tell you. But if you’re not actually making use of location features, or if you’d rather have some more privacy, you can turn the location features off on HomePod.

Unlike your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook, your HomePod is a stationary device for your home. You’re not going to carry it around for map navigation, something which actually requires your location. Hence, for some users, the location services…

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How to Stop HomePod Always Listening

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Apple’s HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers are always listening, waiting for your “Hey Siri” command so that it can quickly follow orders to get things done. Some privacy buffs may wish to temporarily or permanently turn this listening feature off, depending on the scenario or their use case of a HomePod, and that’s what we’re going to cover here.

The “Hey Siri” feature isn’t specific to the HomePod as it’s available on other Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and Mac too. While it’s a really nice feature to…

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How to Set Default Music App on iPhone & iPad

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Have you ever wished to use a different music app other than Apple Music for your Siri song requests? In that case, you’re in for a treat because you can now set the default music app that’ll be preferred by your iPhone and iPad for music searches. It’s actually very simple to set up.

It’s no surprise that Apple puts their in-house music streaming service over the competition like Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon Prime Music, and others. Typically, when you ask Siri to play a song, it uses Apple Music to get it done and this cannot be more frustrating to…

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How to Block Explicit Content on HomePod

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Do you want to prevent your HomePod or HomePod Mini from playing back songs that are marked as explicit? This may be necessary if you have kids in your house, so some parents might prefer to turn this parental control feature on, and it’s simple to do.

Siri on the HomePod can remember the songs that were played back so that Apple Music can identify the songs you like to listen to. However, if you have kids accessing and using your HomePod for listening to songs, you wouldn’t want them to listen to music that are marked as explicit content. Thankfully,…

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How to Disable Personal Requests on HomePod

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HomePod is capable of making phone calls, sending messages, creating reminders, and more when your iPhone is nearby. These are called personal requests and it’s a great feature to have. However, it does come at the cost of your privacy, and some people may want to turn off personal requests on their HomePod.

Imagine if someone other than you could make phone calls and send messages from your iPhone? Doesn’t that sound like a potential privacy problem? The way HomePod works, it can complete personal requests by recognizing your voice. However, if someone at…

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10 of the Worst iPhone Annoyances (and How to Fix Them)

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Even though iOS works great for most people, it has a lot of minor, frustrating annoyances. With a little bit of effort, though, you can get rid of most of these issues and make your iPhone work for you. Here’s a list of 10 things that are likely to bother you, and how you can fix them.

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How to Take & Share a Screenshot with Siri

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Taking screenshots is a common activity for iPhone users nowadays. Often people use screenshots to share things displayed on their screen, since it’s one of the fastest and most convenient ways to share content as an image. So, wouldn’t it be nice to use Siri to take screenshots and share them?

Typically, you’d take a screenshot on your iPhone by pressing the Power button and the Volume button simultaneously. While this is already easy, Apple has made it even easier to share screenshots with from the iOS 15 software update and onward. You can now use Siri…

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