Siri can announce your iPhone notifications! Check this step-by-step guide | How-to

Siri can announce your iPhone notifications! Check this step-by-step guide

iOS 16 allows Siri to announce notifications of different apps on your iPhone. Here’s how you can enable it.

By: SHAURYA TOMER
| Updated on: Aug 24 2022, 12:25 IST
Apple WWDC 2022: Top 10 iOS 16 features coming to your iPhones
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1/10 Customizable lock screen for iPhones: Apple has substantially upgraded the iOS lock screens with features such as ability to create and edit custom lock screens, add filters, change font styles. This is the biggest lock screen update on iPhones since the launch of iOS itself. (Apple)
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2/10 Wallpaper Gallery: Apple has introduced lock screen gallery in iOS 16. It will have a plethora of wallpapers that users can choose from. Various apps like weather will also provide a live wallpaper feature. (Apple)
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3/10 Widgets: Apple has also refreshed widgets and you can now enable them on your lock screen itself. From Music, Weather, to Smart Stack, you will now be able to bring all your important apps’ widgets to your lock screens. Now, you can even create custom lock screens and match them to your Focus modes. (Apple)
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4/10 Messages: The Messages app has also received a major update with some long-requested features. You can now unsend messages and even have the option to edit already sent messages! Isn’t that amazing? Oh, and SharePlay now works in Messages too. (Apple)
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5/10 Maps: Apple Maps has been updated to support visual look-around. Apple has introduced the multi-stop functionality to Maps as well as seamless integration with Apple Wallet. (Apple)
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6/10 LiveText: LiveText: One of the most popular Apple features, LiveText also has been improved. You can now use LiveText in videos as well as other apps. (Apple)
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7/10 Dictation: Dictation on Apple has just got smarter thanks to machine learning. You can now select a text and use dictation to edit it, or type an entire paragraph with your voice. The keyboard stays open to seamlessly shift between voice and touch. It even includes emoji detection and punctuation detection! (Apple)
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8/10 Notifications: iOS Notifications has also received some much-needed updates. Notifications will now be categorized from the bottom, keeping the lock screen cluster-free. (Apple)
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9/10 Visual Lookup: Visual Lookup has been improved. You can now tap and hold an object for Visual Lookup as well as send that object to someone as a message. (Apple)
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10/10 Mail: The Mail app has been updated. It now has several excellent features such as un-send mails, follow up, remind me later, and more. (Apple)
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Apple is currently testing notification announcements via Siri in the Beta version of iOS 16. Here's how you can get it. (Apple)

Apple announced iOS 16 at the WWDC 2022 event on June 6 Apple showcased the HUGE number of features it brings. Features such as home screen customization allows users to set their own personal customized wallpapers. Other popular announced features include LiveText, Improved dictation, Messages upgrade and more. Apple has also introduced a feature which allows Siri to announce notifications via your iPhone's speaker. Although revealed, iOS 16 won't be launched for the public at least until September, when Apple launches the iPhone 14.

Previously, iOS 15 allowed Siri to announce notifications only if your AirPods were connected or EarPods were plugged in. Therefore, this change is welcome. So, if you want Siri to announce notifications via your iPhone speaker, you might have to enroll in Apple's Beta program and download the latest iOS 16 Beta. Apple offers iOS Beta programs for people who wish to try the upcoming operating systems before their public launch.

However, you should take some cautions. Apple's Beta program is there to test any bugs or glitches that may affect iOS 16. So, you can expect a wide variety of issues such as performance issues, app glitches, unusual battery drain and more.

So, if you're willing to sacrifice iPhone performance and battery for awesome new features, follow this step-by-step guide, according to MacRumours.

How to make Siri announce notifications on iPhone

Step 1:

Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2:

Scroll down and select Accessibility. 

Step 3:

Scroll down to the "General" section and select Siri. 

Step 4:

Scroll down to the "Spoken Responses" section and toggle on the switch next to Announce Notifications on Speaker. 

Step 5:

A new “Announce Notifications” menu should appear. Select the apps Siri should announce notifications from. 

Step 6:

Additionally, an “Announce When Connect to Headphones” option should also appear. Select this if you want Siri to announce notifications when headphones are connected.  

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First Published Date: 24 Aug, 12:25 IST
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