What Happens When You Tell Siri 17

Siri, apple’s own digital PA, has many tricks up her sleeve that people don’t know about. Since its release, many of them have been discovered by iPhone users but some still remain a mystery to the majority. Even the ones that have been discovered aren’t known to every iPhone user.

“What Happens When You Tell Siri 17?”. In this article, we will go through everything you need to know about that, along with a few other details. But first, we’ll tell you a little about Siri.

What Happens When You Tell Siri 17

A little about Siri

Siri is a type of weak AI, and its function is to aid iPhone users in basic tasks. Some of its functions include voice recognition, planning a schedule, and even a (limited) conversation. Of course, there are also hidden tricks, but we’ll get to that later.

Siri is Apple’s own digital personal assistant. It utilizes voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer to offer recommendations along with answering basic questions. Siri is programmed to store your language usage, searches, and preferences to provide better services. Siri is a spin-out from the SRI International AI, and its speech recognition engine was provided by Nuance Communications.

Now that you know a little bit about Siri, the next part of this article will discuss what happens when you say 17 to Siri.

So, What Happens When You Tell Siri 17?

It’s really not a secret feature any longer, but some people are still oblivious to what happens after you say 17 to Siri. If you haven’t already said 17 to Siri, don’t say it unless it’s for an emergency. Yes, you guessed it right, saying 17 to Siri causes it to phone the emergency services.

Since its discovery, it’s been used as a prank more frequently than what it’s actually meant for. The reason behind that is the number “17” is a very common emergency number. By that, we mean it’s used by several countries.

Even if it isn’t the emergency number in your country, Siri will still contact the correct one. You see, 17 is basically is the emergency dial-up command for Siri, so it’ll dial the emergency contact of your country when you say 17 to it. 

Pretty handy if you don’t know the emergency number of your country, or you’re traveling to a country you’ve never been to before. Saying 999 also triggers the same function. We’re quite certain you don’t do this, but please avoid using this function as a prank.

Which countries have 17 as their emergency number?

Although the number of countries that use 17 as their emergency contact is huge, the majority of the world still utilizes three-digit emergency contacts, but countries like Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Senegal have 17 as their emergency number.

The most common emergency number would be 112 that’s utilized by countries across Europe and India. These numbers are only meant to be used in emergencies, and not for pulling pranks. Either way, we hope you don’t have to use them.


In this article, we have gone through “what happens when you say 17 to Siri” in detail along with a little about Siri. We hope this article answers all your queries, but if you have any further questions, or would like to change/add something to this article, feel free to comment down below, we’ll try to respond to as many as we can!

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