So I have only played with the iPhone 3G S for few hours, but one of the cool features I was looking forward to trying was the new Voice Control. Only one problem. I had trouble figuring out exactly how to make it work. In most cases I am usually able to figure out how new iPhone features work. For this feature, I had to get some help from Apple’s support site and the iPhone 3G S User Guide. To save you some time, here is how to get this feature up and running on your new iPhone 3G S along with the command you can use to make it go. If you want to consult the manual yourself, here is the link (PDF) from Apple’s support site.
To activate the Voice Control feature:
Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or press and hold the center button on the iPhone headset. After a second or two the Voice Control interface should appear and you’ll hear a beep indicating it is ready for your command.
Voice commands you can use:
- Call a contact: Say “call” or “dial” plus the name of a person in your contacts to call that person. If they have multiple numbers the iPhone will prompt you for which number, i.e. “Home” or “mobile”.
- Dial a number: Say “call” or “dial” and then the number
- If you make a mistake: You can say “wrong,” “not that one,” “not that,” “no,” or “nope.”
- Play music: Say “play” or “play music.”
- Pause music: Say “pause”
or “pause music.”
- Change songs: Say “next song” or
- Play an album, artist, or playlist: Say “play,” then say “album,” “artist,” or “playlist” and the name.
- To enable shuffle: Say “shuffle.”
- Get current track info: Say “what’s playing,” “what song is this,” “who sings this song,” or “who is this song by.”
- Use Genius: Say “Genius,” “play more like this,” or “play more songs like this.”
- Cancel Voice Control: Say “cancel.”
That’s it. I have to say the Voice Commands work pretty well right out of the box (at least with my “average” anglo saxon US voice). About my only complaints are that you have to constantly go in and out of Voice Command mode using the hold button technique described above and that the default voice is a bit tricky to understand at times. No OS X “Alex” here. That said it’s nice to have voice control on the iPhone (finally) and I look forward to get getting better in future updates.