Siri is one of the wonderful feats on newer Apple devices. With an older iPhone or iPod, you can therefore feel a bit let down. But don't despair! There are ways for any iDevice user to install Siri, from using third-party software to jailbreaking the phone to install a Siri port. Follow these tips and you'll be giving voice commands to your iPhone in no time!
Method 1 of 2: The no-jailbreak Siri experience
Step #1. Install a third-party app
Even if your device doesn't officially support Siri, you can install apps that mimic its functionality. One of the most popular apps that does this is Dragon Go!, from developer Nuance.
- Nuance offers the speech recognition software of the official Siri, making Dragon Go! shares much of the same functionality.
- DragonGo! can be linked with many other services, including Google, Yelp, Spotify, Pandora and Netflix.
- Dragon Diction allows you to create text messages and long notes with your voice, and integrates seamlessly with Dragon Go!
Step 2. Use the built-in Voice Control
While this feature isn't as hip as Siri, the built-in Voice Control on the iPhone 4 is quite advanced. As with Siri, press and hold the Home button to activate Voice Control, then say your command.
- Say "Call" or Dial" followed by the name of the desired contact.
- Say "Facetime" and then a name and number (iPhone, mobile, etc.) to Facetime someone.
- Say "Play" + the song, album, playlist, or artist to play a particular song. You can also ask "What" or "Who" to find out what song or artist is playing. Say "Genius" to play a new, similar song.
Step 3. Use Google Search
The Google Search app has a speech recognition system that allows you to search for Google search terms and accounts with your voice. While many of the services on the iPhone don't support this feature, it can be useful if you're browsing the web.
Method 2 of 2: Get Siri through a jailbreak
Step 1. Jailbreak your iPhone
To download a version of Siri that works on your older device, you'll need to jailbreak your iPhone first. This will allow you to reach Cydia - this will allow you to install apps that are not found in the official App Store.
- Your device must have at least iOS 5.1.1 installed.
- This method is known to cause problems on older devices. If your device loses functionality, you may have to restore it.
Step 2. Wait for the repository to be added
Once that's done, search for "Siriport (original) iOS". Install it and reboot your iPhone.
Step 3. Wait for the repository to be added
When it does, search for the "Siriport (original) iOS 6" package. Install it and reboot your iPhone.
Step 4. Open the Settings on your iPhone
Scroll down until you come across SiriPort.ru. Select it and tap "Install Certificate". This will open a new Safari window where the "Install… Profile" screen will appear.
Tap install, then tap Install again in the top right corner. On the installed profile page you will see Checked in green letters. Tap Done and close the Safari window
Step 5. Press and hold and the Home button to open Siri
There may be some delay with this method. That's because the program needs to communicate with foreign servers.