Siri can now read out your WhatsApp messages when asked


Last year, WhatsApp for iOS received partial integration with Siri, allowing users to send messages and make calls from the lock screen with a simple voice command. A new update for the iOS version of the popular messaging app is rolling out now, expanding its with the AI assistant by allowing it to read out WhatsApp texts when asked.

Those running iOS 10.3 and the latest version of the WhatsApp (2.17.2) can use the new feature by saying, “Hey Siri, read my last WhatsApp message.” This works only with unread messages, however, and can't be done with already seen and/or responded to texts.

The latest WhatsApp update also includes a bunch of other tweaks and improvements that affect mainly the "Calls", "Group Info", and "Contact Info" screens. As far as the "My Updates" section goes, you can now set up multiple statuses, which can be forwarded or revoked, MacRumors reports.

The Android version of WhatsApp doesn't currently offer a comparable feature, but given how wide-spread Google Assistant is becoming, we wouldn't be too surprised if receives a similar treatment in the coming months.

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7 Comments

1. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Gosh Siri feels like it's going down the way is S Voice tbqh. It's honestly pretty dam useless compared to Google now. Wish Apple kept developing it more actively

2. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Its far from S Voice. I find it extremely useful on a daily basis but youre right about it lagging behind Google Now in many respects.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yet Google Now can't read your WhatsApp messages as far as I know. Only send a message through WA.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

You're being sarcastic right? Siri is already open to third party devs - that's a plethora of features just there. There are still so many thing that other virtual assistants simply don't do. Siri locates my kids, downloads apps, sends money, actually gives you a response for everything instead of "bleep". Google now is a glorified search bot - with some functionality - Siri is an assistant with search capabilities (know the difference).

5. ullokey

Posts: 180; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

There was a time when Motorola was owned by Google and Moto Voice could do this and send messages on whatsapp as well. And then Lenovo decided to fire the team responsible for Moto Voice

6. ArenaS

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

There is a good application for android called "Speaki - Voice Notifications" which read you your notifications too, Whatsapp included.

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Motorola had this a few years back with a combination of Moto Voice and Assist. When you were driving, it could read your text messages to you and allow you to dictate replies or dictate new messages. IIRC that came about in 2014 or 2015.

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