Start the Settings app and then tap “Siri & Search.” Most of the settings on this page are related to Siri. The first three control when and how Siri starts:
Turn on “Listen for Hey Siri” by swiping the button to the right to enable Siri on your iPad.
Turn on “Press Home for Siri” if you want to start Siri by pressing and holding the Home button. On iPad Pro models without a home button, you can enable the Power button to use Siri.
Turn on “Allow Siri When Locked” if you want to be able to start Siri by saying “Hey Siri” when the tablet is sleeping.
You can also customize Siri’s voice and language on this page.
Ensure Siri is turned on in the Settings app. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
One other important setting controls what happens when you press the Home or Power button. When you press Home or Power for Siri, do you want Siri to listen to your voice for a question, or simply allow you to type your question? To choose between those options, do this:
1. Start the Settings app and then tap “Accessibility.”
2. Tap “Siri.”
3. If you want the Home or Power button to start Siri in typing-only mode, turn on “Type to Siri” by swiping the button to the right. If you want to talk to Siri from the Home or Power button, leave this turned off.
You can control how Siri reacts to the Home button in Accessibility. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
How to use Siri on the iPad
Once you’ve enabled and configured Siri, you can start the assistant either by saying “Hey Siri,” or by pressing and holding the Home or Power button until you see the Siri screen appear.
In either case, you can now give a command or ask a question.
You can ask Siri to perform a great number of different tasks. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
Siri is capable of responding to a huge library of commands and questions. Here are some of the things you can do with Siri:
Perform a web search. For example, you can ask a question like “What year did the Beatles break up,” or just say, “Search the internet for The Beatles.”
Call or text someone. You can say, “Send a text to Dave Johnson.”
Start an app. You can say “Start Mail.”
Start a timer. You can say, “Give me a five-minute timer.”
Get the weather. You can say “What’s the weather?”
Set a reminder. You can say “Remind me to take out the trash.” You can also get location-based reminders, such as “Remind me to take out the trash when I get home.”
Of course, these examples just scratch the surface of what you can do with Siri.