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Siri is Getting Custom Voice Actions in iOS 12

Siri is about to get a lot more powerful. Custom voice commands for any app will allow you to say “Hey Siri, I lost my keys” to instantly launch an app that will help you find them.

Any app can now expose quick actions to Siri. Apple used the example of the Tile app, which will allow you to add a custom voice action to Siri. When you speak “I lost my keys,” you can immediately launch the Tile app that will track your keys—assuming you’ve attached a Tile Bluetooth tracker to your key chain.

That’s just one example. Imagine saying “Order my groceries” to automatically order your usual grocery list or “Game time” to see the game schedule for your favorite sports team.”

Thanks to quick actions, Siri will now proactively recommend actions you frequently take. For example, if you always order a coffee every morning before work, Siri will show a notification on your lock screen. You can tap that shortcut to quickly order a coffee.

This works in many other situations, too. Siri will recommend you text a meeting organizer if you’re running late for it, remind you to call people on their birthdays, and recommend you turn on Do Not Disturb when you’re in a movie theater.

All these new Siri features will work with Siri on iPhone, iPad, and even Apple Watch.

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