When it comes right down to it, you may not always have a coin or a die in your pocket, but fortunately, you probably have your iPhone with you, and all recent iPhones can take advantage of the pocket voice assistant Siri.
Siri is a powerful tool, and you may not have known this, but if you forgot your coin and die at home, Siri has you covered for all of your chance-taking needs – she never forgets hers! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to have Siri flip a coin or roll a die for you.
Sometimes you may want to flip a coin on a bet, or roll the dice to play a board game when you’re not completely sure what happened to the plastic ones you’d usually use, and you may not always have a coin or dice in your pocket to flip or roll, but since you have Siri, you never have to carry a coin or dice in your pocket again.
Flipping a coin
To have Siri generate a ‘heads’ or ‘tails’ answer that would simulate a coin toss, all you have to do is follow these steps:
Step 1: Press and hold the Home button to launch Siri and say Flip a coin.
Step 2: Siri will answer you with either Heads or Tails; the generation of this result is random.
Rolling the dice
If a coin isn’t what you need, but a roll of the die is, then you can also have Siri roll a a die, or even multiple dice, for you. To do that, simply follow these steps:
Step 1: Press and hold the Home button to launch Siri and say either roll a die or roll two dice.
Step 2: Siri will respond to your demand with a number(s) of 1-6; the number(s) is generated randomly using a software algorithm.
The caveats of Siri's Chancing Skills
Unfortunately, Siri’s dice-rolling skills are limited to that of the classic Yahtzee-style six-sided die, so all those crazy dice out there with anywhere from 1-144 sides on them aren’t in Siri’s database. This means your dice-rolling needs will have to be pretty basic if you plan on using Siri to get a random number.
What’s more is there’s no way to cheat. They make some really cool double-headed coins out there that you can use to guarantee you’ll always flip a ‘heads’ result, but with Siri, you’re unfortunately stuck with a fair ‘heads’ or ‘tails’ result that has been randomly generated – and the same goes for die rolls, because there’s no way to trick the die rolls either.
Nevertheless, if you need a good and honest coin toss or die roll, Siri is a great way to ensure you’re not the one on the cheating end, and it’s also going to allow you to carry fewer items on your person. It’s a win/win, unless you lose your bet, of course!