How to use voice commands [Windows Phone 101]

Are you a new user? Are you trying to figure out how to use your fancy new Windows Phone? Not all of us are seasoned veterans when it comes to Windows Phone. At one time we were all beginners just looking for answers. Windows Phone 101 aims to provide answers to the simplest questions.

Controlling your phone with your voice is all the rage these days, and everyone has it. iOS has Siri, Android has Google Now, but what does Windows Phone have? The official name of the service is called TellMe, but Microsoft doesn’t really use that name. In Windows Phone 8 Microsoft introduced a new feature simply called voice commands. This feature allows users to do some very powerful things.

To access the voice commands simply hold down the Start button from anywhere in the phone. A pop-up will come down from the top of the screen and immediately start listening. Tap the (?) icon in the top right to see a list of example commands. Here are some things you can say:

  • Call Chris mobile
  • Find coffee in Seattle
  • Open calendar
  • Text Brandy

And some of the commands go further, such as sending a text.

You: “Text Chris.”
Phone: *opens new text to Chris* “Say your message.”
You: “Hey, what’s up tonight?”
Phone: *repeats message back* “You can say send, add more, or try again.”
You: “Send.”

Without touching any buttons you have sent a text message. Easy as that. Voice commands can also control the apps installed on your phone. Open the (?) menu again and swipe over to the right. There you can see the apps you have installed that use voice commands. Underneath each app is an example phrase, plus you can tap on an app to see a list of phrases.

Voice commands in Windows Phone 8 can be extremely useful tools. Make sure to check out our video above to see voice commands in action. Do you use voice commands very often? Did you even know what voice commands can do these things?

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