Telling Siri to Charge Your Phone Will Make Her Call the Police

Apparently if you ask Siri to charge your phone to 100 percent, it will make the mistake of thinking you need to get in touch with the police.

The Verge reported early this morning on the phenomenon but were baffled as to the reason why Siri thinks that charging a phone to 100% is meant as a signal to contact the police.

Theories ranging from a built-in emergency feature to a simple-minded software error were put forth, but none have been officially confirmed.

Apple has been contacted about the issue, but the company has yet to respond. Mashable tested the command on an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 6S running iOS 8.4, as well as the beta version of iOS 9 with an iPhone 5S, all of which indeed contact the local authorities when the 100 percent charge command is given.

The Daily Dot’s Mike Wehner, meanwhile, put out an updated report that seemed to answer the issue altogether. If an iPhone user tells Siri to “Phone 100” it will dial police services in India, where the emergency number is 1-0-0. In China, where the emergency number is 1-1-0, the same thing will happen if you ask Siri to “Phone 110.”

As Wehner explains it:

“In short, Siri’s worldly nature leads her to recognize any emergency number command as a potentially serious situation, and treats them all equally. So, no, your iPhone isn’t playing a trick on you, it’s all in the name of safety.”

Asking Siri to charge your phone to 100 percent, then, isn’t something you’ll want to do unless you want the police at your doorstep. If you don’t want your feelings hurt, you should probably also avoid asking Siri the result of zero divided by zero.

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