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Thread: Here's How to Use Siri Without Having to Speak to Your iOS Device

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    Default Here's How to Use Siri Without Having to Speak to Your iOS Device


    Siri can be a useful tool, but at times, the voice assistant can be useless when the conditions around you are too loud and your microphone can't pick up your voice. Other times, maybe you are in a quiet situation and can't be talking aloud to your iOS device, although maybe you still need Siri to give you some answers to a question you have.

    Either way, it would be nice to be able to use Siri without having to talk into your microphone. It would be great if we could just type in our questions somewhere and Siri could just answer them. Here to bring this functionality to our iOS devices, once and for all, is a new free jailbreak tweak called SpotlightSiri by iOS developer MohammadAG.

    With this tweak, you can just type your question for Siri in the SpotLight interface's search bar. You have to start the question with the word "Siri" in order for the tweak to know that you want Siri to answer the question for you instead of having SpotLight perform a local and Web search for you.

    Shown above, when we type into SpotLight's search bar, "Siri, how's the weather?" with the SpotlightSiri jailbreak tweak installed, and then when we tap on the Search button, Siri will launch and answer the question for us on how the weather is looking outside.

    SpotlightSiri doesn't come with any options to configure, and the developer has even went the extra mile to open-source the jailbreak tweak's source code on GitHub at this link. If you're interested in giving SpotlightSiri a try, it's available for free right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository. The tweak requires iOS 8 to be installed.

    Name: SpotlightSiri
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 8.0-8.1.2
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 8.1.2
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: MohammadAG
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

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    Since the questions are text only, are the answers from Siri too text only or she says it out loud too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yohu123 View Post
    Since the questions are text only, are the answers from Siri too text only or she says it out loud too?
    Siri will say them out loud, which can be controlled by the volume of your device.

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    Does not work on iPhone 5 ios7.x for some reason. Just immediately crashes to safe mode. Removed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offroad1994 View Post
    Does not work on iPhone 5 ios7.x for some reason. Just immediately crashes to safe mode. Removed it.
    It says right here:
    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
    The tweak requires iOS 8 to be installed.

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    Somehow missed that as most apps get blocked with an ios8 only that prevents download. Thanks for correction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offroad1994 View Post
    Somehow missed that as most apps get blocked with an ios8 only that prevents download. Thanks for correction.
    Understandable. I had to delete an iOS 7 only tweak a few days ago after it didn't warn me.

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    The owner mentions that he does not have an ios7 device to develop on. In a separate email. So confirmed this is ios8 only.

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