Have you ever wanted to control your iPhone or iPad with just your voice? Well, the powerful new Voice Control feature introduced in iOS 13 allows you to do
just that, and it works perfectly even if Siri is disabled.
While it was designed as an accessibility feature, Voice Control can be very useful feature for those of us who often find ourselves
unable to physically interact with our iPhones, whether we’re holding a baby , playing a computer game, or cleaning the house.
Sounds good, right? And it’s simple and straight forward! Here’s a step by step guide on how to set up real hands-free operation of your iPhone using Voice Control in iOS 13.
How to Set Up Voice Control in iOS 13
Setting up this cool accessibility feature in iOS 13 is pretty quick and simple process. We’ll show you exactly how to get it up and running in no time:
Here is how to activate ios 13 voice control feature on your iPhone and iPad and start using it:
Before you dive into using Voice Control feature, you need to ensure that your iPhone is running iOS 13 or later. Otherwise, update your device to the latest operating system by following the steps below. Note: if you’re using VoiceOver, whenever this guide says to, “Tap,” perform a one-finger double tap instead.
- Open settings App on your iPhone
- Tap General
- Tap on software update and update your iPhone to iOS 13.
After successfully updating your iPhone to the latest iOS, follow these steps to enable the Voice Control feature on your iPhone and iPad:
- Launch settings App on your iPhone
- Tap accessibility
- Scroll down and tap voice control
- Tap set up voice control. Moses Gitari | GeeksModo
- Tap Continue and you’ll be presented with a list of commands you can use to run Voice Control. Go ahead and try them out.
- Now hit continue again and Voice Control will be enabled. To check if the Voice Control feature is enabled, you’ll see a small blue mic icon in the notification bar of your device
- You can also create custom commands or use the provided commands. To do this, simply select “Customize Commands” in the Voice Control menu.
To create a new command, you’ll need to specify the phrase to be vocalized by the user to enable the command, and the resulting action or app you want the
command to launch. Once finished, tap save, and you will be able to operate your device using the newly created command.
- There is also an option to deactivate certain commands that you don’t require through the “Customize Commands” screen,.
- There is also an option to enable “Confirmation
Required” for a command. This setting is not on by default, however, if you decide to enable it, any time you say a command, you will be required to confirm it by tapping
on your screen or saying “Tap Execute” for the command to be performed. It’s quite handy but may be annoying to some users.
- You can also choose to add words to the device’s vocabulary list for custom commands. To enable this, in the Voice Control section, tap Vocabulary.
On this screen , tap the Plus icon on the top-Right hand corner to enter a new word or phrase you’d like to use in Voice Control. Once added, you can choose to create a new command with the new word or Phrase.
Steps to use voice control on iPhone and iPad running ios 13
Now that we’ve enabled Voice Control feature, it’s time to start using it in a practical and productive manner.
There are a number of commands critical for navigating your iPhone. Let’s start with the home screen.
How to Voice Control on the iPhone Home Screen
Here are the basic voice commands you need if you want to
interact with your iPhone’s home screen hands-free:
- say “Swipe left,” To swipe left.
- say “Swipe right,” to swipe right.
- say Launch Control Center,” To launch the Control Center.
- Say “Launch Notification Center,” to launch Notification Center
- To open a particular app, say “Open [app name].” (example. “Open Facebook.”)
- Say “Go to home screen,” to go back to the home screen
That’s pretty much it! The above mentioned tips are basic commands you can use to control the iPhone home screen with your voice. Moreover, you can create custom voice commands
for all the above options if there’s something that you find quicker and easier to say.
How to Type and Edit Text With Voice Control
What if you’re too busy preparing meals in the kitchen, but you need to put down some thoughts in the Notes app, such as items for your grocery list
- On the home screen, say “Tap Notes” to launch the Notes app.
- Say “New Note,” to create a Note
- On your new note, say “Single tap.” This will simulate a single tap and launch the keyboard.
- Speak what you want to jot down.
Very easy, right?
To correct mistakes and change words, simply say “Change [word] to [new word].” In case there are several variations of the same word, you will see each one represented
by a number, so just choose the word you want to change by speaking its corresponding number.
It’s also possible to select, copy, cut, paste and delete words. Here is how to do it:
- Say “Select [word]” or “Select this [item]” to select it. You can also select all content by saying “Select all.”
- To erase what you have selected, you can say “Delete that.”
- Say “copy that” to copy or cut that” to cut. To paste, simply say “Paste.”
- To capitalize or lowercase a selected letter, say “Capitalize that” or “Lowercase that.”
You’re now one step closer to becoming a master of Voice Control!
Other Ways to Use Voice Control
There are numerous further ways to make use of Voice Control. Below is a list of other commands you can try:
- to take a screenshot, say “Take screenshot”.
- To raise or lower the volume, say “Turn up volume” or “Turn down volume”
- “Search web for [phrase]” to launch Safari and search what was said.
- to lock your iPhone or iPad, say “Lock device.”
- to perform a force touch or 3D Touch, say “Long press” or “3D Touch” on an item. Note, this feature is dependent on your device’s capabilities.
- To disable Voice Control temporarily, say “Go to sleep”.
- To re-awake the Voice Control, say “Wake up”.
And that’s all folks!
You are now a master at maneuvering your iPhone with just your voice! Just keep in mind to keep the Voice Control feature asleep while you’re out and about—unlikeSiri, Voice Control will snoop to and comply with any voice it hears, not just yours.