A bug or a feature? Asking Siri to fully charge your iPhone will dial Emergency services


Siri, Apple's voice assistant, is definitely one of the sassier voice assistants around. This was recently proved by Siri's discovered ability to "burn" users who ask it to divide zero by zero, a fun (and annoying) response discovered by Aaron Paul, the actor who portrayed Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad.

Needless to say, there are other queries that will make Siri show its funny side. But that's certainly not all, as it has numerous actually useful features.

That said, we don't know whether one of the most recently discovered ones is explicitly an implemented feature or a weird bug. It seems that asking Siri to charge your phone to 100% will make the voice assistant call Emergency services (police, fire brigade, emergency medical services).


From the looks of it, this could be a nifty security feature that might be of great aid in emergency situations. After you ask Siri to charge your phone and it acknowledges your query, you are given a five-second window to cancel the outcoming call. However, such a security measure has not been listed anywhere, which makes no sense - why would you implement such a security feature and keep it deeply hidden?

It might also be a weird bug that is potentially dangerous - exploiting the issue and abusing said Emergency Services can harm the lives of those who actually need them. Be on your best behavior.

source: The Verge

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33 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's a dangerous bug. But, who would ask Siri to charge their phone? You'd have to be a complete idiot. She can't charge the phone, it charges when you plug it in so I don't see a reason to ask. Who even had the time to figure this bug out? I can see it now, a bunch of iDiots with iPhone will certainly try ti to see if it in fact does this. Because they are just that stupid.

4. waddup121 unregistered

That bug wow

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree with you that only an idiot would do this... but then again, someone had to have discovered it somehow...

11. gaming64 unregistered

Dude it ain't a bug. It's a comedic response from Siri. Who would be dumb to ask that question anyway. Siri is just teaching 'em a lesson

15. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

siri is calling emergency services to attend to the users stupidity, in thinking the phones gonna charge itself XD

17. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I really hope the 1969 in your name doesn't indicate your birth year. The idea that our middle-aged men actually say stuff like this is too depressing...

20. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

(Or women, or however you self-identify. Sorry!)

2. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Of course its a feature, duh

41. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Always a feature, they'll proclaim it, no matter what.

3. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Doubt it's a feature. But, SOS on my Galaxy S6 is a feature, and it's awesome. Press the power button 3x and it takes a pic with front and rear cameras, records an audio clip, sends gps location and help message to whoever I set it up to send to.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not a fan of Samsung, but that's an awesome feature! Strange that I've never read about it before.

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You do have to have the stock messaging app as default for it to work. This is my first Samsung.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah awesome, really, but jailbroken iOS had it for years with Activator. I don't want to play games who had it first, just want to point that this is nothing new and that without jailbreak community smartphones would be missing a lot of funcionalities today

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Android app is doing this for years. Whitout Jailbreak Iphone would be missing a lots of functionality. Android dont need jailbreak features to evolve..

31. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It did however take Google incredibly long to give its Android users controls over its apps permissions.

7. Tizo101

Posts: 546; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

definitely not a feature it's a burn... you can't ask SIRI to charge your phone but since you did, SIRI assumes that you are crazy and calls emergency services to take you away Lol.

10. gaming64 unregistered

Lol it ain't a feature or a bug. It's just a comedic response from Siri. You go, Siri!

19. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You go Siri?? I've said it 100 times and you just helped prove it. iPhones are for teenaged girls.

27. gaming64 unregistered

So 500 million iPhones have been sold to teenagers and still going up? That's an impressive record if you ask me.

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah just show thats lots of ppl have misplaced values.

12. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

simply #siryGate

13. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

simply #siryGate

14. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

simply #siriGate

16. almostdone

Posts: 448; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

How can this even be a bug??? What the hell were they thinking to translate the message to call emergency services?

18. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Do you know how dumb Siri can be?

21. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

It's a bug; other reports state that asking to charge to different percentages will try and ring those numbers too (eg charge to 50% will try dialling 50), siri hears "phone" and a number and tries to comply. I'm surprised it doesn't result in Siri getting mouthy if I'm honest Why 100 connects to emergency services is likely a world issue (101 is non-emergency police number here in the UK and in Belgium where my parents live 100 is emergency fire/medical number).

22. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I don't know, could be some emergency catchphrase for if you're kidnapped or held hostage or something.

23. T-rex unregistered

I feel like puking iPhone arena has crossed all the limits in becoming the biggest iSheeps on the planet. That's a dangerous bug and you are calling it "a feature"

24. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Siri is actually correct in this case since she could not believe that someone will ask her to physically chanrge a phone as she is a computer software. Thus she did as instructed to charge (english word meaning "Make an accusatory claim") the phone with something. The pwner should have waited to see what Siri will say when her called gets picked up.

25. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

It sounds like an elaborate joke, as if running out of battery was considered an emergency by the user. Still don't think it would actually call the emergency for that.

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