Need a coin toss or roll of the dice? Have Siri do it

By , Jan 25, 2016

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When it comes right down to it, you may not always have a coin or a die in your pocket, but fortunately, you probably have your iPhone with you, and all recent iPhones can take advantage of the pocket voice assistant Siri.

Siri is a powerful tool, and you may not have known this, but if you forgot your coin and die at home, Siri has you covered for all of your chance-taking needs – she never forgets hers! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to have Siri flip a coin or roll a die for you.

Using Siri to flip a coin or roll the dice

Sometimes you may want to flip a coin on a bet, or roll the dice to play a board game when you’re not completely sure what happened to the plastic ones you’d usually use, and you may not always have a coin or dice in your pocket to flip or roll, but since you have Siri, you never have to carry a coin or dice in your pocket again.

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Flipping a coin

To have Siri generate a ‘heads’ or ‘tails’ answer that would simulate a coin toss, all you have to do is follow these steps:

Step 1: Press and hold the Home button to launch Siri and say “Flip a coin.”

Step 2: Siri will answer you with either “Heads” or “Tails;” the generation of this result is random.

Rolling the dice

If a coin isn’t what you need, but a roll of the die is, then you can also have Siri roll a a die, or even multiple dice, for you. To do that, simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Press and hold the Home button to launch Siri and say either “roll a die” or “roll two dice.”

Step 2: Siri will respond to your demand with a number of 1-6; the number is generated randomly using a software algorithm.

It’s worth noting that Siri is also capable or rolling special dice with more than 6 sides. For example, if you wanted to roll a ten-sided die, you would say something along the lines of “Siri, Roll a D10” and Siri would then give you a random number between 1 and 10.

The caveats of Siri’s chancing skills

What’s more is there’s no way to cheat. They make some really cool double-headed coins out there that you can use to guarantee you’ll always flip a ‘heads’ result, but with Siri, you’re unfortunately stuck with a fair ‘heads’ or ‘tails’ result that has been randomly generated – and the same goes for die rolls, because there’s no way to trick the die rolls either.

Conclusion

Nevertheless, if you need a good and honest coin toss or die roll, Siri is a great way to ensure you’re not the one on the cheating end, and it’s also going to allow you to carry fewer items on your person. It’s a win/win, unless you lose your bet, of course!

If you use Siri for your chance-taking, tell us about your experiences below!

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  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    Also work in Spanish (Mexico)

  • LOL the same happened to me!

  • eqHullabaloo

    Just wanted to give you a heads up Siri is absolutely 100% NOT limited to 6 sided dice, you just have to know what to ask her for. Here is an example to ask Siri to roll a 10 sided die (also know as a D10) for you.
    This same photo also shows another way Siri can be used for random numbers. Just ask her to “Pick a random number between X and Y” and Siri will do that for you as well.

    Feel free to use this image in the article if you do decide to correct/update the article.

    • Anthony Bouchard

      I very much appreciate you taking the time to point this out!

  • J™

    everytime i ask Siri to sing me a song she rejects me…. 🙁

    • Stinkinr

      She sung me a song I just have to keep asking

  • Wesh

    you can also tell her to “draw a card”

    • Rahimo

      it worked haha !! it said “it’s the 3 of hearts.”