Have you ever wished that your iPhone could say something unique when you connect it to the charger instead of the same old charging tone? Well, with a simple trick using the Shortcuts application, you can make Siri say anything you want every time you plug in your iPhone. Let’s dive in and learn how!
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Changing Siri’s Response
Instead of hearing the default charger tone, you can personalize your charging experience by having Siri say a funny phrase, your favorite words, a specific prayer, or even the voice of someone you love. And the best part? This works even if your iPhone is in silent mode.
Before we get started, make sure your iPhone is running on iOS 14 or later. This guide is based on the Automation feature introduced in iOS 14. If you haven’t already, download the Shortcuts app from the App Store.
Creating a New Automation Task
To create a new automation task, follow these steps:
- Open the Shortcuts app and go to the “Automation” tab at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the plus sign (+) and select “Create Personal Automation.”
- If you don’t see the plus sign (+), simply tap on “Create Personal Auto Control” instead.
Choosing the Charger Trigger
To set the trigger for your automation task, do the following:
- Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select “Charger.”
Choose either “Is Connected” if you want Siri to speak when charging starts for the first time, or “Is Disconnected” if you want Siri to speak when the charging stops (when the iPhone is removed from the charger). You can even choose both options if you want Siri to speak when charging starts and stops.
Click “Next” to proceed.
Adding the Speak Text Action
Now it’s time to add the action that will make Siri speak. Follow these steps:
Tap on “Add Action,” and in the search bar, type “Speak.” Select the “Speak Text” option.
In the “Speak Text” action box, tap on the blue “Text” box and enter whatever you want Siri to say when the automation is triggered. Keep in mind that you can use punctuation marks to create pauses or make it sound like a question. Get creative!
If you want to customize the sound, language, volume, or rate of speech, you can do so by clicking on “Show More” (for iOS 14) or the arrow icon (for iOS 15 and later). Feel free to play around and preview how it will sound.
If you want to add more actions to your automation, such as playing an audio clip or adding a wait action, go ahead and explore the possibilities.
Disabling “Ask before Playback”
Once you’ve set up the desired actions, follow these steps to prevent the Shortcuts app from asking for permission every time the automation is triggered:
Click “Next,” and turn off the “Ask Before Running” option. Confirm by selecting “Don’t Ask.”
In iOS 15.4 and later, make sure to also disable “Notify When Run” to avoid unnecessary alerts.
Finally, tap “Done,” and your Siri automation task is ready to go!
Enjoy Siri’s Personalized Response
Now, whenever you connect your iPhone to a charger, whether it’s a Lightning cable or a wireless charger, and regardless of whether your iPhone is set to silent or ring mode, you’ll hear Siri speak according to the automation task you’ve created. A notification will alert you that the automation is on, followed by Siri’s personalized message.
To see what happens when you plug in the charger, check out this short video:
Remember, with the Shortcuts app, you can make your iPhone even more personalized and fun to use. So get creative and have fun with your Siri automation tasks!
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Now go ahead and give Siri a voice that suits your style and personality!