Forget Siri. Turn your iPhone’s ‘Action Button’ into a ChatGPT voice assistant instead

Forget Siri. Turn your iPhone’s ‘Action Button’ into a ChatGPT voice assistant instead
Forget Siri. Turn your iPhone’s ‘Action Button’ into a ChatGPT voice assistant instead
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Now that all free users can access OpenAI’s ChatGPT Voice function, you can stop using Siri as your iPhone’s primary voice assistant— assuming you have an iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max. Since the iPhone’s launch, the Mute button has been replaced with the new Action Button, which may be customized on Apple’s most recent devices. Users can use the button for purposes more than just turning off their ringer by accessing a new Settings menu.

You can assign the Action Button various duties based on your preferences. For example, it can launch the Magnifier app, record a voice memo, activate the flashlight, access the Camera, enable you to rapidly use an accessibility feature, or initiate an app shortcut.

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You should select the latter option if you wish to use the button as a ChatGPT trigger. Associating this iOS Shortcut with the Action Button would only result in an error before Wednesday’s announcement, making Voice access free for all ChatGPT customers since Voice access needed a ChatGPT+ subscription. That’s no longer a problem. Therefore, anyone can use ChatGPT instead of Siri by setting up their Action Button to activate the Voice access feature of ChatGPT.

To accomplish this, swipe to the “Shortcut” option towards the bottom of the iOS Settings screen after lifting to the “Action Button” menu. After tapping the blue “Choose a Shortcut” icon, you must go through the alphabetized list of compatible apps to find and tap “ChatGPT.” To link this specific action to the button, tap the “Start voice conversation” Shortcut that is already there on the subsequent screen.

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Please note that you must have downloaded the Shortcuts app to your iPhone if it still needs to. After setting everything up, you can start your ChatGPT voice session by pressing and holding the Action Button. For their ChatGPT helper, users can select from five distinct voices: Ember, Sky, Breeze, Juniper, and Cove. Then, directly address your inquiries to ChatGPT and hear its answers; it’s like Siri but much brighter.

It should be noted that ChatGPT is by no means the only software that makes use of the new capability on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. This button can also be used for various everyday activities, such as ordering your preferred Starbucks coffee, beginning a workout, Shaming a song, making a phone call to a loved one, making a new note, and more.

The Action Button shortcuts features have also been incorporated into several third-party apps, such as the music apps AirScrobble, Albums, Endel, Longplay, Music Tracker, MusicHarbor, and Tape It; the recipe and food apps Ambre, Calorie, and Crumbl; the utilities CardsPointers, Opal, Sleep Cycle Kids, Tide Guide, and WaterMinder; the productivity apps Doneit, Drafts, Focused Work, GoodLinks, LookUp, Rewind, Streaks, Tasks, Things, Thoughts, TickTick, and Timery; the photography apps Halide; the workout apps Liftin’; the reading apps Books and Instapaper; the entertainment apps Movie Tracker and Soka; and even other AI utilities like Petey, among others.

Additionally, Apple’s native apps are also compatible. If none suit your needs, you can craft your personalized Shortcuts. Tap the plus (+) symbol in the top-right corner of the Shortcuts app’s main screen. Then, select “New Shortcut,” proceed to “Rename” to assign a name to your Shortcut, and finally, tap “Done.”

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After choosing “Add Action,” a categorized list of actions will be displayed. Within each category (like Media or Web), select measures to include in your Shortcut. Swipe up on the bottom screen’s search bar, pick an action, and add it. Repeat this process until your Shortcut is complete, then tap “Done.” Your personalized Shortcut will be saved in “All Shortcuts” and “My Shortcuts.” Head back to the Action Button menu to assign your distinct Shortcut to the button.

But considering the AI chatbot’s utility for various common questions and Siri’s limitations, we contend that adding ChatGPT functionality is one of the best choices.

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