Siri, Bixby and Google Assistant. Who are they, what are they, and how can they help you?

The good news is that you don’t need an expensive phone to use a voice assistant. The phone you have right now probably has these friendly voices ready and waiting to make your life a little easier.

What is a digital assistant?

It is technology that you can use to automate tasks on your phone that is controlled by your voice. Think of them as your very own personal assistant who can help you do everyday tasks on your phone, just quicker.

3 ways digital assistants can help you:

1. Set alarms and reminders:

“Siri, wake me up in 30 minutes”

“Hi Bixby, remind me to pack my gym bag every Wednesday at 7am”


2. Find places and answers

“Hey Google, where is the closest petrol station?”

“Siri, what is 25% off R450?”


3. Send messages and make calls

“Hi Bixby, text Mom that I am 5 minutes away”

“Siri, call Dad”

Get to know them:

Siri –  (Apple)

Say what?

Say ‘Siri’ before your instruction.

How to set up Siri:

Already pre-installed on most iPhones and iPads, if you didn’t already set Siri up when you got your phone, you can go to ‘Settings’ and find ‘Siri’ to activate and set up your preferences.

Google Assistant (Android)

Say what?

Say “OK Google” or “Hey, Google” before your instruction.

How to get Google Assistant:

Available as an app for most Android phones and tablets running on 6.0 Marshmallow operating system or higher, or pre-installed on newer Android phones.

For more info on how to download and set up Google Assistant, click here>

Bixby (Samsung)

Say what?

Say “Hi Bixby” before your instruction or use the dedicated physical button on the phone to activate.

How to set up Bixby:

Bixby is pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, Note 8 and A8 devices. Press the Bixby button to activate and customise your settings. It’s not yet officially available on other Samsung models but you can always use Google Assistant.

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