WhatsApp is a very popular messaging application for mobile users, both Android and iOS. The application receives regular updates that aim at keeping at the top-end of the competition and such updates involve the ability to send messages using Apple’s digital assistant – Siri.
iPhone users should be familiar with Siri and in fact, avid WhatsApp users must have already heard of this new feature on the app. During its initial days, Siri was only compatible with Apple-owned apps. In short, it could not be summoned when using third-party apps, however, this changed with the release of iOS 10 – an operating system that also debuted the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
With iOS 10, third-party developers can now incorporate the use of Siri in their apps, something that Facebook-owned WhatsApp was quick to embrace. The latest version of WhatsApp for iOS allows users to summon the assistant by using the usual “Hey Siri” phrase and instruct her to send messages hands-free. But the major question many will still be asking is how to get this functionality up and running on their handsets.
For starters, you need to be using iOS 10 on your iPhone alongside the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS. With these set up, head to your phone’s Settings>Siri and toggle on the Allow “Hey Siri” option, just in case it is not turned on. When done, hit the App Support option at the bottom and then toggle on WhatsApp. If the app is not appearing there, go back to your App Store and ensure you install the latest version.
Once you have done everything as above, you should be ready to start sending WhatsApp messages via Siri. All you need is to say “Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to X [contact-name]”. This will spring Siri into life and there she will ask for what you want her to send to your named contact. Dictate your message and that’s it!
When done with dictating your message, Siri will again ask whether you are done and ready to send the message. You have the option to reply Yes or No. Saying Yes will allow Siri to send the message while saying No will mean you are not done. To proceed with the message, just say “Hey Siri, add to message” and then proceed with dictating what you want to be added to the earlier message. Otherwise, simply say “Hey Siri, send” and she will get back at you with an “it’s sent” reply once it’s done.
Cool huh! Have you tried sending WhatsApp messages through Siri? Please share your experience with us via the comments.