If your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch runs iOS 11.2.5 or later, Siri in hands-free mode can read out the news to you. You can even ask your smart digital assistant to read aloud news stories limited to specific domains, such as sports, business or music, here’s how.
This feature, called Siri News, was designed for hands-free situations where you’re not looking at the screen. It can only be used when Siri is invoked via the familiar “Hey Siri” hot phrase, CarPlay or headphones, not when waking her manually by holding the Home or Side button.
Siri News is officially available in the US, UK and Australia. If you live in an unsupported country you may still use this feature, but content will only be provided in English.
How to use Siri News on iPhone & iPad
To use Siri News, invoke the assistant via the ”Hey Siri” hot word, CarPlay or headphones, then ask her to read out some news via a simple question like, “Hey Siri, play some news.”
The command is shorthand to play a relevant news podcast. If you don’t have the Podcasts app installed on the device, Siri will fall back to playing whatever you were last listening to.
Siri will play your news podcast in the background so you can continue using your device.
If you’d like to jump directly to the podcast, tap the Open Podcast button found on the Siri results screen or use the iOS app switcher to bring the Podcast app to the foreground.
Alternatively, touch the podcast title on iOS’s playback controls available from the Lock screen or Control Center’s Music widget to show the currently playing news show in the Podcasts app.
Asking Siri about the news of the day provides generic updates. If you’d like to be more specific, you can ask her to read aloud news from one of the supported sources, like “Hey Siri, play some news from The Washington Post” or some such.
As mentioned, you can also ask for business, sports or music news.
Here are a few examples of Siri News queries:
- “Hey Siri, read news from CNN.”
- “Hey Siri, what’s business news.”
- “Hey Siri, play music news.”
- “Hey Siri, tell me sports news.”
As a nice touch, asking Siri to play some fake news will launch Earwolf’s “Fake the Nation” news podcast with Negin Farsad.
The following sources are used by default for the aforementioned news genres in the US:
- General—NPR, can switch to The Washington, Fox News or CNN content
- Business—CNBC, can switch to Bloomberg content
- Music—Apple Music Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe content
- Sports—ESPN, can switch to NBC content
Defaults differ from one country to another so your mileage may vary.
For instance, customers in the UK will notice that Siri automatically offers up local audio news from BBC, Sky News or LBC.
Ask Siri to use specific news source by following-up with something along the lines of “Hey Siri, switch to [NEWS SOURCE]” as in, “Hey Siri, switch to ESPN.”
Siri News can read the latest from these sources:
- Apple Music
- Fox News
- Seven Network
- Sky News
- The Washington Post
Again, Siri News is only available when using “Hey Siri” or asking the assistant about your local news of the day in hands-free mode, while using CarPlay or headphones.
Requesting news after invoking Siri manually will bring up textual news headlines from Apple News or third-party web sources if Apple News is unavailable or not installed on the device.
Need help? Ask iDB!
If you like this how-to, pass it along to your support folks and leave a comment below.
Got stuck? Not sure how to do certain things on your Apple device? Let us know via [email protected] and a future tutorial might provide a solution.
Submit your how-to suggestions via [email protected].