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THERE’S a handy iPhone trick that resolves one of the worst charging blunders.
Most of us will charge our iPhones every day, usually overnight.
But if you’ve had an iPhone for years, you might have run into a problem: a failed charge.
Maybe you forgot to switch the mains on, or perhaps the USB cable wasn’t plugged into the adapter properly.
It’s possible that you didn’t secure a wireless charger properly, or insert the Lightning cable all the way.
Any of these problems could mean you wake up in the morning with no iPhone charge.
Thankfully there’s a way to completely avoid this scenario.
You can make Siri speak out loud when you plug in your smartphone.
And she’ll also talk when you unplug it.
That way you’ll know that your iPhone is definitely connected properly when you plug it in.
And if it accidentally became disconnected, you’d be alerted then too.
It works using Siri Shortcuts, a relatively new feature added with the iOS 14 update.
How to set up Siri charging announcements on iPhone
First, make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS in Settings > General > Software Update.
Then open Apple’s Shortcuts app.
Go to Automation then tap the plus sign in the top-right corner.
Now choose Create Personal Automation.
Scroll down the list to find Charger and then choose Check Is Connected AND Check Is Disconnected.
Now tap Next and then go to Add Action.
Choose Speak Text and tap it, then tap the pale ‘Text’ area to add words.
These words are what Siri will say aloud, so consider adding something like ‘iPhone charge’.
Now tap Next again, then turn off ‘Ask Before Running’.
Confirm with ‘Don’t Ask’ when the pop-up appears too.
And you can also deselect ‘Notify When Run’ to stop useless alerts.
Finally tap Done and the process is complete.
Now Siri will speak when your iPhone is connected to or disconnected from a charger.
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