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If you don't have an iPhone 4S, an iPhone 5 or a 5th Generation iPod touch, you don't have Siri and you can't dictate messages and commands like we saw in the movies earlier in this chapter. But if you have an iPhone 3GS or 4, or if you have a 4th Generation iPod touch, you can still control your device to an extent with voice commands, but your commands are limited to phone call and music related commands. Now if you are in a Siri capable device, you can turn off Siri completely by going into Settings>General>Siri, and here turn Siri off.
Confirm that you do want to disable Siri, and your phone will then default to the voice command features found on the older devices. So, now I've set up my iPhone 5 to use the older voice commands. To use them, you can either speak directly into your device or you can use your iPhone earbuds with a built-in microphone or a Bluetooth headset. Let's take a look at the phone related commands first, and these of course will only work with the iPhone. Incidentally, all of the commands I'm going to run through in this movie also work with Siri on the iPhone 4S and later, although in many cases you can probably find less verbose ways of getting the same results with Siri.
Whether your iPhone is awake or locked, just as long as it's not turned off, you press and hold the Home button for about three seconds. You can also press and hold the center button of the earbud headset or the call button on your Bluetooth headset to invoke Voice Control. The Voice Control screen appears. When you speak, the wavy lines in the center of the screen will react to your voice, so you will note that the phone is hearing you. Notice the words going across the background. These are all words you can say to control your phone. When it comes to placing calls, you can either say, call or dial followed by the name of the person you want to call.
The person you're naming has to exist in your contacts list, otherwise your iPhone will give you a No match found message. Also it's best to say the full name of the person you're calling, unless the person's first name is the only instance of that name appearing in your contacts. After you say the call or dial and the person's name, specify which phone number to call. You can say things like home, or work, or mobile. It's important to remember to say mobile and not cell or cellphone because the iPhone doesn't recognize those words. If you just say the person's name without specifying which phone number to call, you will hear a message telling you that the person has multiple numbers and you will be asked to name the one you want to dial.
So, I'm going to cancel this for just a moment. So, I'm going to invoke voice dialing again to call my friend, Scott. Call Scott Simpson. Siri: Calling Scott Simpson, mobile. Now because I only have Scott's mobile number, that's the number it's calling. If he had multiple numbers, it would have asked me which number I wanted to call. And I'll just tap End to cancel that call. Now at the moment after the iPhone repeats your command before it dials, if you see that the iPhone is dialing a number different than the one you wanted, you can say no, or wrong, or nope, or not that, or not that one, to cancel the call.
Or you can also just press End call if it's too late. You can also speak entire phone numbers if the person is not in your Contacts list. Each number does have to be spoken individually. Don't say something like 555-2300, instead say 5-5-5-2-3-0-0. The only exception is that you can say eight hundred instead of 8-0-0. Now voice dialing is far from perfect, and its success does depend a lot on how noisy an environment you're in. But if you're in a quiet room or in your car, Voice Control should work just fine. Now let's talk about music voice commands, which work both on the iPhone and the iPod touch.
If you know the album, artist, or playlist you want to listen to, you can start playing your music regardless of whether you're currently in the music app or not. All you do is invoke Voice Control by holding down the center button again. Then you say the name of the artist, album, or playlist you want to listen to. For example, I want to listen to an album called Suckers by the Jellybricks. So, I'll invoke Voice Control and say the words, play album followed by the album title. Play album, Suckers. Siri: Playing the album, Suckers. (music playing) I'll just pause playback for a moment there.
So basically you can say, play album, play artist, or play playlist followed by the name of the album, artist, or playlist. You'll always hear a verbal feedback from the iPhone so you can confirm whether it heard you correctly. Once you've selected some music, you can use Voice Control to perform basic playback commands such as play, or play music to start the music playing again. You can say, pause or pause music to pause, or say, next song, or previous song to jump forward or backward in the playlist or album you're listening to. Although, if you're using your iPhone's earbuds, it's probably faster to double- or triple-click the center button on the controls to jump forward and back than it is to invoke Voice Control and speak the commands.
If you want to be surprised, you can say shuffle to shuffle the currently selected playlist. If you don't recognize the song that's currently playing, you can invoke Voice Control again and ask what's playing, or you can say, what song is this, who sings this song, or who is this song by? These are all identical questions and will each get you the same information. So for example, I can start a song playing again. (music playing) Who sings this song? Siri: Now playing Rock 'n' Roll Suicide by the Jellybricks.
If you enjoy iTunes and the iPhone's Genius feature, which lets you create playlists of music similar to a single song of your choice, you can invoke Voice Control and say, Genius or Play more like this, or Play more songs like this. Lastly, if you invoke Voice Control by accident or just change your mind, say Cancel or Stop to make your phone stop listening for a voice command. Also, keep an eye on the words that are flying by in the background of the Voice Control interface. They're not just there for decoration, but instead give you examples of the things you can say at that particular moment.
I've given you the majority of commands here, but there are several variations on things you can say which you probably see scrolling by. So, that's Voice Control for non-Siri capable devices.
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