Be More Efficient – Have Siri Navigate You To Specific Settings Screens [iOS Tips]

Siri Settings App

Ok, I’ll admit it; I occasionally use Siri in the car. It’s not a perfectly hands-free system, but it is great to be able to send a quick text to let someone know I’m running late without touching the phone too much.

The other day, though, I was sitting in the car at my son’s school, waiting for the final bell to go in and get him from class. I had my iPhone set up in the car, and was sending a text to a friend. I realized that somehow, in the transition to iOS 7, I no longer had access to the Emoji keyboard.

As the iPhone was propped in it’s in-car holder (a Breffo spiderpodium), I just activated Siri, out of habit.

Typically, I’d have tapped out of any folder I was in, then tapped to the Home screen, then tapped the Settings app, then tapped into the General preferences. I would have then scrolled down, and tapped on the Keyboard button. That’s a lot of steps.

With Siri listening attentively, I figured I’d just give it a shot: “Open Keyboard Settings.”

Boom! Siri took me right to the correct page. I was able to tap the Keyboards button, and then add Emoji to the enabled keyboards for my iPhone.

I then realized that, in my car or not, asking Siri to go directly to the specific settings page was a lot faster than tapping and scrolling. It turns out, Siri can take you to a ton of specific Settings app places with a simple command. Try saying, “Launch Accessibility settings,” for example, to go right there.

Next time you have a setting to change that’s buried a few levels deep, try asking Siri to launch it for you; you’ll go right there, saving precious seconds and making your day that much better.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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