iOS 11 is Apple’s most keyboard-friendly version of its mobile software yet, but that doesn’t mean you have to hook up an external keyboard to use its best new keyboard-centric features. Today we’ll look at Type to Siri, which can be used whenever you’d usually talk to your favorite digital assistant just by tapping on the usual on-screen keyboard.
Google Assistant lets you use both voice and keyboard in the same view. Siri does not. You have to expressly switch to Type to Siri mode.
When enabled, you’ll find a keyboard propped up and ready to go. Type your question or just a keyword like weather and you’ll see the response on the screen. The keyboard will go away and you’ll still see a text input box at the bottom of the screen.
Yes, this isn’t the ideal way we’d want to use this feature. But as it’s under Accessibility, the implementation makes sense. And if you have hearing issues, you can finally switch to this mode and start using Siri. For others, we’ll need to make a choice if switching to the keyboard mode is useful enough to permanently give up on the voice assistant functionality.
How to Switch to Type to Siri Mode
Step 1: Open Settings app from the Home screen.
Step 2: From General, select Accessibility.
Step 3: Tap on Siri.
Step 4: In this section, tap on the toggle next to Type to Siri.
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