Sending a text message can be a lot simpler to do if you use Siri. With Siri you can just tell your device what to send for you.

Sending a hands-free message can be useful for many reasons, but if you’re partially sighted this can make things a little easier. Note that this works with VoiceOver on so you don’t need to alter that if it’s enabled.

Instructions for iOS and Android phones

This works for most iOS devices, from iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad. On Android, it will depend on the device and operating system you have. I’ve tested it on two different devices, one running Android 6.0.1 on a Nexus 5x, which worked really well, but when I tried it with an earlier handset,  a Nexus 4 running Android version 5.1.1 there was a message that this was not available to me. You’ll have to check your version of Android.

iOS Devices

First, make sure you have Siri enabled. If you don’t, go to Settings > General > Siri and turn it on.

Once Siri is enabled; you can press and hold the home button, then follow these steps:

  • ask Siri to send a message
  • Siri replies, “OK, to whom?” or “Who would you like to text?” or “Who shall I text?”
  • say the name of the contact the message is for
  • Siri asks, “What would you like to message to say?” or, “What do you want to say to _ ?”
  • say your message to that person
  • Siri will confirm, “ready to send it?”
  • You can then say “yes” or “send” and Siri confirms it with a reply, “OK, I’ll send it.”

Note that you can ask Siri to read back the message that will be sent,  to be sure your message is correct before it is sent.

Android

  • Say, “OK Google”  to launch the assistant. You can also start by saying, “OK google, send text message”
  • Google replies, “Who would you like to text?” or “Who shall I text?”
  • say the name of the contact the message is for
  • Google asks, “What would you like to message to say?” or, “What do you want to say to _ ?”
  • say your message to that person
  • Google will confirm, “ready to send it?”
  • You can then say “yes” or “send” and Google confirms it with a reply, “OK, I’ll send it.”

Just to mention that the Nexus 4 device that wasn’t able to complete this function, was able to open the email application, though you would then still have to write and send it yourself.

To open an application just say “open” and the app name, which might be hangouts for text or gmail for email.

 

That’s all! Hope that helped!

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