Do you ever look at your friend’s Siri and think: “I can do that better.” Well now you can! That is, if you have the beatboxing skills to back it up. If not, rest assured there are plenty of other people who do—and they will teach you how! In this post, we’ll show you 4 amazing Siri hacks that let anyone make music or perform a magic act with just their voice. What is 1 trillion to the 10th power?
1. Play a Magic Trick
You’ve got a voice, and now you have it to use in some odd but clever ways. Here’s how to do a simple magic trick with Siri.
Step #1: Open the Apple app store on your iPhone or iPad and search for Magic mirrors. This is an app that lets you perform a trick with your camera.
Step #2: Install the app.
Step #3: Open the app and turn on the mirror mode, which turns your camera into a mirror that can show a reflection of a person in front of it.
Step #4: Push your finger against your phone’s home button and say, “Hey Siri” (if you have an iPhone6s, use “Hey Siri” instead).
Step #5: Now ask Siri to show you the magic window. Your screen will go black.
Step #6: Ask Siri to show you Bob, and then say something like, “Send him a text message.” Again, your screen will go black.
Step #7: Ask Siri for another magic window, and then ask it to send another text message.
Step #8: Ask Siri to show you the first picture again
What happens during this magic trick? Even though you can’t see anything on your screen, Siri still knows what you want — so it sends text messages that don’t actually appear on the screen. It’s a great little illusion trick! Just remember to turn off your camera mode when you’re finished because it drains the battery quickly!
2. Make Music
The next time you need some music, just ask Siri to play you a song. However, if you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you can say “Hey Siri play the Beatles” or any other song name to make this work.
2a. Make a pop song like Taylor Swift
If your family member has an iPhone 6s, they can create their own pop songs like Taylor Swift! Here’s how it works:
Step #1: Use Siri to play the song they want to use as the background track. Then put the original track on repeat so that both tracks play seamlessly together until they’re done recording their part.
Step #2: Record the song.
Step #3: Edit the song to their liking.
Step #4: Continue with Step 2 and 4 until you have the perfect combination of their recording and your original track.
2b. Make a hip-hop beat like Drake
If you’re a young boy or girl with an iPhone 6s, they can make mixtapes like Drake! Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Use Siri to play the beat you want to use as your background track. Then put the original track on repeat so that both tracks play seamlessly together until they’re done recording their part.
Step 2: Record your voice over the beat (make sure it sounds exactly like what you want).
Step 3: Edit the song to your liking.
Step 4: Continue with Step 2 and 4 until you have the perfect combination of your recording and your original track.
3. Send a Text Message
Are you tired of typing out text messages with your phone and want to try something new? Well this next hack is for you! To send a text message via Siri, simply say the text messages or email — no boring typing required! Although, if you’re sending an email, make sure that you don’t write anything too long, or Siri will get confused and not know what to do. You can also use this method to dictate a note, which is actually very useful!
4. Tell Siri To Book You a Flight
If you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you can use Siri to book a flight. With the double-tap shortcut, it’s only one tap away! Simply say something like “Hey Siri, book a flight from LAX to JFK on American flight 43 on December 21st.” Then sit back and relax because Siri will handle it for you (we promise!). If you don’t have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, there is another way that is still faster than typing. Here’s how it works:
Step #1: Open the Safari browser, head over to any flight booking website, and search for your desired flight.
Step #2: In the “Departure” and “Arrival” sections of your results, tap on the result that you want to book. (If you’d like to visit a specific page, such as SeatGuru, Tap on “more info” or “view fare details”.)
Step #3: In the upper right of the page you will see a text box that says something like “To book this trip use your personal account. If you don’t see this box, log in or create an account first.” Tap on “Continue” to access this text box.
Step #4: Insert your personal credentials as well as your other information such as name, phone number, and flight number. Name the flight something you’ll remember.
Step #5: Click on “Continue” then wait while the reservation is being made!
As a side note, if you’re booking a round trip flight and have a stopover on the way back, Siri will suggest that you book a return ticket instead when it comes time to check out the flights themselves — so you can save some money!