Starting with iOS 17, you can now choose which messaging app you want to use when you ask Siri to send a message. This is a great way to streamline your workflow and use your preferred messaging app more seamlessly.
To make Siri use WhatsApp instead of Messages in iOS 17:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap Siri and search.
- Scroll down to the Apps list and tap WhatsApp.
- Toggle on the switch next to Use with Ask Siri.
Once you’ve enabled this setting, you can simply say “Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to [contact name]” and Siri will open WhatsApp to send your message.
Note: You must have WhatsApp installed on your iPhone and have an active WhatsApp account in order to use this feature.
How to choose which messaging app to use when sending a message with Siri:
- Activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri” or just “Siri,” or by pressing and holding the Side button on your iPhone until the Siri orb appears on the screen.
- Ask Siri to send a message to one of your contacts.
- In the message card that appears at the top of the screen, tap the Messages icon next to the person’s name.
- Tap another compatible messaging app in the dropdown to select it.
- Type your message in the input field, then tap Send.
How to remove which apps are suggested:
- Open Settings.
- Scroll down until you find the Siri & Search settings.
- Within this section, find the specific app you want to exclude from the recommendations and tap on it.
- Toggle off Use with Ask Siri.
If you’re having trouble getting Siri to use WhatsApp instead of Messages, try the following:
- Make sure you have WhatsApp installed on your iPhone and have an active WhatsApp account.
- Make sure that WhatsApp is enabled under Settings > Siri & Search > Apps.
- Try restarting your iPhone.
- Try updating WhatsApp to the latest version.
- Try resetting Siri’s settings. To do this, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Scroll down > Tap > Reset Siri.
Tips for using Siri with WhatsApp
- You can use Siri to send WhatsApp messages to contacts in your address book, or to people who are not in your contacts list by saying their name and phone number.
- You can also use Siri to send WhatsApp group messages by saying the name of the group and the message you want to send.
- You can use Siri to send WhatsApp messages with attachments, such as photos, videos, and documents. To do this, simply say “Send a WhatsApp message to [contact name] with [attachment name]”.
- You can also use Siri to read your unread WhatsApp messages. To do this, say “Read my unread WhatsApp messages”.
Here are some examples of how to use Siri with WhatsApp:
- “Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to John saying ‘I’m on my way.’”
- “Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp group message to my family saying ‘I’ll be home for dinner at 7 pm.’”
- “Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to Sarah with a picture of my cat.”
- “Hey Siri, read my unread WhatsApp messages.”
With Siri, you can easily and conveniently send and receive WhatsApp messages without having to pick up your phone. This is a great way to stay connected with your friends and family, even when you’re on the go.