Learn how to speak to Siri to create and view to-dos.
Siri on iPhone and iPad gives you the ability to interact with Things by speaking. Here are some examples to get you started.
Creating new tasks is as simple as saying one sentence:
- “Add buy milk using Things.”
- “In Things, remind me to buy milk.”
You can include a date or time:
- “In Things, remind me to buy milk tomorrow at 10 AM.”
You can add a task directly to a list:
- “In Things, add buy milk to my Shopping list.”
- “In Things, add milk and bread and sugar to my Shopping list.”
You can quickly get to any of your lists:
- “Show my Today list in Things.”
- “Show my Shopping list in Things.”
This also works great for tags. To see everything tagged with “Errand”, just say...
- “Show my Errand list in Things.”
You can show a list for specific dates:
- “In Things, show my list for this week.”
- “In Things, show my list for October 3rd.”
Have Siri read things back to you
- “In Things, read my Today list.”
- “In Things, read my Shopping list out loud.”
If Siri does not read the list items out loud, make sure your device isn’t muted.
A Few Tips
Apple’s Siri requires a specific syntax, and works better with some phrases than others. Here’s what seems to work best with Things:
- Say “task” instead of “to-do”.
- Say “list” instead of “project”, “area”, or “tag”.
- You don’t need to say the full name of a list. It’s fine to say “Vacation” instead of “Vacation in Rome”.
- Don't forget to begin or end with “in Things” or “with Things”. Otherwise Siri will hand over your task to Reminders app.
To learn more about Siri, read Apple’s documentation.
Use Siri to run a shortcut
With Shortcuts, you can create your own memorable phrases for anything you need to do often. For example:
- Instead of saying “Hey Siri, in Things, show my list for tomorrow” you can just say “Hey Siri, what’s up tomorrow?” after creating a shortcut to show your Tomorrow list.
- Instead of working your way through the whole “In Things, remind me to buy milk tomorrow at 10 AM” phrase, you could just say “I need to go shopping”, and Siri can ask you what you want to buy and when to remind you.
- Adding tags to your new to-dos isn’t possible when you speak to Siri, but a shortcut can automatically apply a tag for you if you’ve set this up.
Shortcuts will work on all of your devices, including Mac. They don’t require voice input, either, but can be triggered subtly via widgets, keyboard shortcuts, the Dock, or the Menu Bar. Learn more here.