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Siri, Schedule My Calendar Appointment

Mar 12, 2021

Siri, Schedule My Calendar Appointment

Keeping a calendar accurate and up-to-date is not something we all do well. Missing an appointment, because it never got on the schedule, is embarrassing to say the lease. Calendar management becomes all the more challenging with a visual impairment.  Perhaps it would be easier, and more efficient if you had an assistant or even a digital assistant like Siri.

Working with an artificially intelligent voice assistant is similar in ways to working with a live human, both require very specific instruction and a degree of patience. The interaction can be messy at the start but don’t give up so fast, you and your assistant will come to terms. It’s all about what you say and how you say it.

Schedule appointments

Activate Siri with a long press on the power button, home button, or by saying “Hey Siri.”  Practice asking Siri to schedule, change, update, cancel or review your calendar appointments (or events).

  • “Hey Siri, schedule a call with Lisa Rose on Thursday at 10 a.m.”
  • “Schedule an appointment on June 2nd at 3 p.m. with Dr. Smith.”
  • “Schedule lunch today at 1.”

Siri will repeat (or display) the details and ask if you’re “Ready to schedule it?” If you answer “No” Siri will ask if you’d like to change it or just cancel?”

Cancel, change or update an appointment

  • “Cancel dinner tomorrow with Steve.”
  • “ Change my dentist appointment on Tuesday to Thursday morning at 11.”
  • “Move my 10:00 appointment today to 11:00.”

Siri will ask you to confirm your request if it is unclear.

Review or check your schedule

  • “What’s on my schedule tomorrow?”
  • “What is on my calendar for Saturday?”
  • “Do I have anything scheduled on March 12?”

Set calendar alerts

As important as getting the appointment scheduled, is being reminded of it coming up with calendar alerts.

  • Go to Settings> Calendar> Default Alert Time> select how long before the appointment you’d like to be alerted, choices include 5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes before, 1 or 2 hours before, 1 or 2 days before, and 1 week before. On this page, you can also set Birthday Alerts.

By default, your appointments made with Siri will go to all devices linked to your Apple ID: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Mac, Apple Watch, and Home Pod.

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.



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