How to open Applications through Siri using URL schemes


XcodeSiri doesn’t allow you to open Apps. However, there is a workaround that lets you do just that by using Siri and one additional click. Many App developers enable their apps to be opened from other apps or the web using “iPhone URL schemes”. For example, you can type fb:// into the Safari URL box, hit return and the Facebook app will launch.

Here are the commands for some of the most used apps:

  • Twitter: twitter://
  • IMDB: IMDB://
  • Google Earth: comgoogleearth://
  • Navigon: navigon://
  • Facebook : fb://

For some applications, like Facebook, there are a lot of options you can use as well:

  • fb://profile – Open Facebook app to the user’s profile
  • fb://friends – Open Facebook app to the friends list
  • fb://notifications – Open Facebook app to the notifications list (NOTE:  there appears to be a bug with this URL.  The Notifications page opens.  However, it’s not possible to navigate to anywhere else in the Facebook app)
  • fb://feed – Open Facebook app to the News Feed
  • fb://events – Open Facebook app to the Events page
  • fb://requests – Open Facebook app to the Requests list
  • fb://notes- Open Facebook app to the Notes page
  • fb://albums – – Open Facebook app to Photo Albums list

How to use these commands with Siri:

  1. Create a Contact in your address book and call it Shortcuts.
  2. Create multiple text fields with these Url schemes. Then you can tell Siri – “Show Shortcuts” and it will pull up that contact sheet and list all the URL shortcuts which can be clicked on.

This workaround isn’t perfect, but at least it can help you to open your favourite apps through Siri.
via iPhoneDevTools, MacRumorsForums

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