“Hey Siri” is a new feature in iOS 8 that makes it possible to invoke Siri using only your voice. It’s nice for those moments when your hands are full or when your iPhone is across the room.
The only downside to “Hey Siri” is that your iPhone must be connected to a power source in order to use it. This restriction was placed there to save your iPhone’s battery life.
But, there is a way to use Hey Siri without being connected to a power source. It’s not as handy as using it while connected to power, but it’s a nice workaround for those situations where you need hands-free control.
Step 1: Go to Settings → General → Siri, and make sure that the Allow “Hey Siri” switch is enabled.
Step 2: Invoke Siri by holding the Home button for a second and release.
Step 3: Don’t say anything and let the Siri request timeout. You’ll still remain on the Siri screen.
Step 4: Say “Hey Siri” while the Siri screen is being displayed. This will allows you to use Siri hands-free as if you were connected to a power source.
Once your iPhone is auto-locked, the hands-free functionality will cease. This is only valid while the Siri screen is visible, which will depend on what the auto-lock value (Settings → General → Auto-Lock) is set to barring you don’t touch the iPhone’s screen.
What do you think about “Hey Siri” in general, and would you consider using this work around to use Siri hands-free when not connected to a power source? Sound off down below in the comments section with your thoughts and opinions.