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Using your phone as a personal assistant: Daily uses for Siri & Google

Ever since I bought my first iPhone I’ve used Siri (and Google Assistant on Android devices) as much as I can. They’re far from perfect — sometimes your device will struggle to understand your accent, or it’s simply incapable of completing the task you’ve asked for — but for basic, day-to-day tasks these assistants are so effective that I always encourage friends & family to use them.

Here are just some of the tasks I’ll use Siri/Google to do:

“Hey Siri, send a message to Mum asking ‘what time will you arrive home?'”.

“Hey Siri, call Dad”.

“OK Google, remind me about lunch at 1pm tomorrow”.

“OK Google, take me to the nearest McDonald’s”.

“OK Google, play my Rock playlist in Spotify”.

It’s so much more efficient and productive than unlocking my phone and writing down the reminder or message, searching an address or finding the right playlist. And even though most of us have a smartphone capable of these things, so many people I know don’t make use of these useful AI assistants in our pockets.

There are many other interesting and useful things your smartphone can do to make your life easier. Setting alarms, calendar events, calculations and even search the web for you.

So the next time you need something from your phone, try asking your smartphone assistant instead (“Hey Siri” for iOS and “OK Google” for Android). You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much easier it is.

If you already use your digital assistant, what’s the most interesting way it helps you? If you don’t use it, share your reasons why in the comments!

By Fabio Virgi

I'm the guy behind Let's Talk Tech and a travel blog called Fab Meets World. Some people call me a geek, I think they're probably right. I'm fascinated by technology and innovation, love good design and own way too many gadgets for my own good. Want to connect? Get in touch on Twitter and Instagram.