With Apple’s iOS 12 software update, their virtual assistant Siri now has “Siri Shortcuts” which, along with updates to the Tile app, allows you to record a custom phrase to have Siri ring selected Tiles with your own customized voice commands.
How to set up Siri Shortcuts with your Tiles:
Once you've got iOS 12 installed and have updated to the Tile app 2.37.1, it's time to set up a Siri shortcut for a Tile!
Simply open the Tile app, select the Tile you'd like to find with Siri and tap on the new “Siri” tab in between “Tips” and “Options". Next, tap the "Add to Siri" button to record your custom Siri phrase for the Tile.
*If you’re not seeing the “Siri” tab, please double-check that you are using the iOS Tile app version 2.37 or later.
*If you're seeing a "not currently supported" message, your Tile needs a firmware update. You can update the firmware by leaving the app open for 2-3 minutes. The "Add to Siri" button will automatically appear when the firmware update is complete. Please note that Tile Original is not compatible with Siri, but all other Tiles are eligible.
Once you’ve recorded your phrase, give it a try! Tap the "Add to Siri" button to record your phrase. We recommend something easy to remember like "Find my Backpack" for a Backpack Tile, or "Find my Bicycle" for a Tile on your bike.
When the Tile is connected, Siri will ring your Tile:
You can stop the Tile’s ringing by:
1. Pressing the 'Tile' button once you find it.
2. Tap on the Siri card to open the app. This will bring you to the Tile details screen where you can tap “Done” once you’ve found your Tile.
If at any time you want to change the Siri shortcut phrase, simply select your Tile, tap the “Siri” tab and tap “Edit” to record a new phrase.
When you tell Siri the shortcut phrase and the Tile is not detected as being nearby, Siri will show a map and audibly tell you where your Tile was last seen along with the distance away from you it was last seen by the Tile app.
If you're a Tile Premium subscriber and have Smart Alerts set up with your Home address, Siri will tell you if your Tile was left at home:
Frequently Asked Questions about using Siri Shortcuts with Tile:
1. Will I be able to use Siri Shortcuts with my Tiles if I have the Tile app version 2.37.1 or later but have not updated to iOS 12?
No, the iOS 12 software update is required in order to use Siri Shortcuts with any app, including Tile.
2. Will the Siri integration work with all of my Tiles?
Siri Shortcuts works with Tile Sport and Tile Style immediately.
Tile Slim and Mate will each require a firmware update. Each Tile will receive a firmware update by leaving the app open for 2-3 minutes. The Siri tab for your Tile will automatically show the "Add to Siri" button when the firmware update is complete.
Tile Original is not supported by Siri.
3. Does Siri work in a similar way to Tile's Google Home Action and Alexa Skill?
No, unlike the above Smart Assistants which can see all of your Tiles, you must record a phrase for each Tile that you'd like Siri to be able to find.
If a Siri shortcut has not been set up for a Tile and you say a phrase like "Hey Siri, find my camera", Siri will search the iOS App Store or the internet for the item you mention.
This is a different kind of interaction than the Google Home and Alexa Smart Assistants, but much more customizable.
*A note about connection-on-demand Tiles: If your Tile has Smart Alerts enabled or is Shared with another user, Siri will detect that the Tile is nearby and tell you to sit tight while the Tile app works to ring your Tile: