Every non-Apple device with Siri built-in: Get Siri anywhere

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Siri is ultimately becomes a little more available. While most consider Google Assistant and Alexa to be a bit more powerful, those who use Apple devices will just want to stick with Siri for controlling services like Apple Music, interacting with reminders, and more. But for Siri’s entire first decade, the assistant was only available on Apple’s own devices – the iPhone, iPad, AppleTVApple Watch, etc

But that is changing. Apple finally announced that it would allow third-party companies to integrate Siri into their devices. In other words, one day you might be able to choose between Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri, when you set up your Sonos speaker.

Of course it’s not enough it’s simple. Here’s everything you need to know to get Siri on your third-party devices.

How to Get Siri on Third-Party Devices

Both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built into hundreds of different device types and work almost exactly as they do on first-party Google and Amazon devices. That is, you’ll activate them, log into your account, and you should be more or less good to go.

Not one to want to make things easy, Siri’s third-party support doesn’t work the same way. To use Apple’s Assistant with non-Apple devices, those devices must establish a connection with Apple’s HomePod Mini. According to Apple, this is so that manufacturers cannot access your voice commands. In other words, it’s a matter of confidentiality. We hope Apple finds another way to enable the feature, perhaps through a HomeKit hub like an Apple TV. After all, some people might want a third-party Siri because they can’t afford a HomePod Mini or don’t want one.

If you have a HomePod Mini and want to set up third-party support for the digital assistant, it’s pretty easy to do, as long as you have a HomePod Mini on your network. Follow the instructions below to get it.

  1. Set up and connect your supported device to HomeKit.
  2. Once configured, with the correct firmware, a banner will appear in the Home app telling you that Siri is available on it.
  3. Press the “Use Siri” button.
  4. Tap “Enable”, then “Recognize my voice”.
  5. You should now be able to use Siri on your third-party devices.

Third-party devices that support Siri

The Ecobee SmartThermostat next to an Ecobee Remote Temperature Sensor. Image source: Ecobee/Amazon

Want to install Siri on as many devices as possible? Currently, there is only one device that supports the feature – the Ecobee SmartThermostat. The SmartThermostat was the first to support this feature, and you can get it on the SmartThermostat with the correct firmware. We’ll update this article as more third-party devices gain Siri support.

Third-party devices that support Siri

Currently, no other third-party company has announced that their devices will support Siri. We’ll update this article if and when that changes.

Will Sonos support Siri?

Sonos speakers currently support Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, so it’s only natural to think that they’ll also support Siri one day. Unfortunately, if this happens, it may take some time.

Sonos has publicly complained about the way Apple implements support for third-party devices. This is because the technology requires a HomePod Mini. We’ll have to wait and see if that means Sonos won’t implement Siri support at all, and we’ll update this article if we hear more about Sonos speaker support.

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