iOS 13 Tips & Tricks: How To Play Live Radio Using Siri

iOS 13 was released by Apple last September 19, 2019. With the new iOS also comes with new and enhanced features as well as improvements in settings in apps. Did you know that Siri can be summoned to play live radio? With the new iOS 13, you can command Siri to play live radio on your iPhone. Although this feature has been available for some areas with iOS 12 but it most users are getting it with the new iOS 13. 

What is Siri? By the way, Siri is an intelligent virtual assistant of Apple that uses your voice queries using your iPhone to perform actions, answer questions or make recommendations. It’s software adapts to the Apple users natural language on searches and preferences. You can summon Siri to perform these actions for you in an extremely easy to do command by just saying “Hey Siri” followed by the command. 

With the right command, you will be able to listen to your favorite local live radio stations by asking Siri to do it. Although is not only limited to your radio stations locally, but also to other live radio stations not in your area. But most people would want to listen to their local radio stations right? Read on below to know how to access live radio stations with the use of Siri. 

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Step 1: Download iOS 13

To be able to fully access the live feature, it is highly recommended to update you iOS version to the new iOS 13 update. Although not all Apple devices can support this new iOS 13 update, please refer to the list below to know if the Apple Device you are using supports the new iOS 13 update. 

Lists of Apple Devices that supports iOS 13:

  • iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
  • iPhone SE.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
  • iPhone X.
  • iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
  • iPod Touch seventh generation

But since live radio is already available even with iOS 12 and you opt not to update to iOS 13, it’s totally fine however though, some features will have a guarantee to have a smooth operation as compared to using iOS 13.  

Step 2: Enable to Siri

Before you can summon Siri to do specific things for you, first you have to enable Siri. here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen
  2. Scroll down from the options and tap on Accessibility
  3. Tap on Siri located at the bottom end of the options.
  4. In Type to Siri, Toggle ON.
  5. On the Voice Feedback, Tap on Hands-Free Only

With the Hands-free only option, you will only hear a Beep and provides a Feedback when you will say “Hey Siri”. 

Step 3: Command Siri to Play a station

Perhaps the easiest and hassle way to access live radio is to command Siri to do it. Siri has a wide range of things it is allowed to do for you. Siri can create radio stations taken from a playlist or from your favorite song. But even though Siri is allowed to do it, it still depends on the Apple user requesting the command. This means that you have to be specific with your command to Siri so that it will know what you are talking about. 

To command Siri to play a station, simply say: ‘Hey Siri, play” followed by the name of the radio station you want to listen to. With that command, Siri will automatically find the radio station that you are asking by using Apple’s online partners. These Apple partners includes but not limited to TuneIn, and iHeartRadio, with over 100,000 radio stations creating a wide array of selection of radio stations to choose from.

For instance, if you are in Nevada and you feel like listening to the tunes of the 90’s. You would simply say, ‘Hey Siri, Play 96.3 KKLZ.” and Siri will also provide voice feedback by saying, “Playing 96.3 KKLZ, provided by iHeartRadio”.

To avoid Siri getting confused, always make sure to include the word ‘Radio Station” after the command and not just by saying the station number. It is recommended to command both the radio station name and number for a complete command. 

Step 4: Return to Previous Stations

When necessary, you can also return to the past radio stations you’ve listened to. This feature is very useful if ever you want to listen to the previous radio stations but cannot remember what station was it. Returning to the previous station is easy. Since Live radio is being played via the Music App, there’s an option on Music App that allows you to view Recently Played section. In that section, the radio stations you’ve listened to will be displayed there. This will allow you to listen to the previous radio station that you want to listen again. 

Just an important reminder though that this is an account specific feature. Which means that in order for Music App to remember your Recently Played radio station you have to use the same account from where you’ve listened to it before. 

Now that you’ve read about the steps, I hope that while using Siri on iOS 13 you are able to relax while listening to good music on live radio. Just a little bit more information, with live radio station, Siri is working with the online providers as mentioned above to be able to stream your favorite radio stations and not actually accessing or tapping into the radio waves to play the radio station. 

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