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How to Get Siri to Tell the Time and Date in Canada

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Since the launch of the iPhone 4S on Friday, the one home run so far has been Siri. Still in ‘beta’, Siri hasn’t been localized for Canadian English and French. Other shortcomings include the lack of location-based searches for restaurants and directions.

You might have tried asking Siri to tell you the time and date, only to get a response along the lines of “Sorry, I don’t know what time it is in 123 Main Street” and “I have no idea what the date is in 123 Main Street. How silly is that?”

It is possible to get Siri to tell you the time and date in Canada–you just have to rephrase your question to include the location. As you can see from the screenshots below, ending my question with ‘in Vancouver‘ will result in the answers I’m looking for, as seen below:

 

It’s a bit more ‘work’, but you’ll essentially get the same results.

Workarounds for Location Searches with Siri

If you ask Siri for location-related searches, she won’t be able to do it. For example, asking “Where is Starbucks?” will result in this:

A simple way to bypass this is to ask instead “Google search Starbucks” or “Search the web for Starbucks”. It’ll initiate a web search within Safari, and those mobile results will show locations around you if Location Services are enabled. See below:

Are there any other Canadian Siri workarounds you’ve been using?

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  • Ali Rakie

    Thanks for those tips Gary! 

  • Guest

    Gary, can you try asking, “how’s the weather like?” I keep getting errors and if I ask how’s the weather in surrey I get another error. However, if I ask “how’s the weather in Vancouver?” Siri responds, can you check if you have similar results? Thanks

  • William

    If you turn of location services for siri (which dont work anyways). Then ask “what time is it”, it works.

  • William

    If you turn of location services for siri (which dont work anyways). Then ask “what time is it”, it works.

  • You’re probably get the time for Vancouver, Washington though…

  • Auto Strada

    same timezone.

  • JohnnyC!

    I refuse to turn off location services because I have become addicted to location based reminders, which DO work. Makes me wonder why asking for directions isn’t supported yet.

    For example, Siri has already reminded me of multiple things when “I get home”, as well as “when I leave work”

    I also typed this with voice recognition 🙂

  • Thanks a lot, this way it also works in The Netherlands

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