VoiceOver for iOS Topic: Using Siri with Calendar in iOS

What to Consider Before Scheduling an Appointment in Calendar with Siri

Scheduling with Siri can be tough. Knowing two things before you attempt to schedule will help:
1. What you are going to say? When you schedule an event with Siri, she wants three pieces of information: the name of the event, the date of the event, and the time of the event.
2. How you are going to say it? Siri tries to work off of natural language. This means, the system is supposed to be flexible enough so that you can simply give it commands any way you want. However, I’ve found knowing a little about what works with Siri goes a long way.
When I schedule Calendar appointments with Siri, I keep in mind this syntax formula: “Schedule” + [name of event] + “on” + [date] + “at” + [time]
What about inviting others? It’s true, there is one more piece of info that Siri can use when creating an event – the participants! This means we can use Siri to send Calendar invites. Not everyone uses this functionality, so I didn’t highlight it above. However, if you do want to use Siri in this way, we can alter our formula above to work for participants.
“Schedule” + [name of event] + “on” + [date] + “at” + [time] + “with” + [participant(s)]

Example Siri Commands for the Calendar App

“Schedule a meeting with Mark tomorrow at 4PM”
“Schedule a conference call with Jamie today at 2PM”
“Schedule a meeting about the new staff at 10AM”
“schedule meeting about vacation at 1PM tomorrow in the conference room”
“Set up a meeting at 9AM”
“Set up a meeting with Lisa at 10AM”
“New appointment with Matthew Friday at noon”
“Meet with David at 7”
“Reschedule 3PM meeting to 7PM”
“Reschedule my 11AM meeting today”
“Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Cleveland to next Tuesday at 10am”
“Move my 3pm meeting to 5:30PM”
“Add Thomas to 2:30 meeting”
“Add Michael to meeting with Scott”
“Cancel the new vacation meeting”
“What’s on my calendar today?”
“What’s on my calendar tomorrow?”
“What’s on my calendar for Thursday?”
“When is my next meeting”
“Where is my next meeting?”
“When is my next appointment?”
“When am I meeting with Larry?”
These examples are from iOS Siri and Dictation Command List from Applevis.com

Read Me Versus Show Me

One important phrase for Siri calendar functionality is “Read me”.
If you ask Siri about your calendar, she’ll either read you the relevant appointment information or show you. If you tell Siri “Show me my appointments for Tuesday”, she will simply display the appointment on your phone’s screen as text. However, if you say, “Read me my appointments for Tuesday”, Siri will read the relevant information aloud.

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