Installing Siri on the iPhone 4
Posted: January 23, 2012
Who is this guide for?
- You need a jailbroken iPhone 4 running at a minimum 5.0 firmware.
- Access to an iPhone 4S.
- I used OS X 10.7.2.
This tutorial would not be possible at all without
this excellent article
written by "waynevo". You may want to refer to this article as I won't be including all
the information from it. I'm documenting my particular setup. I don't have a static
IP address with my cable service, so I used the IP address from my Mac as the proxy
server that the Spire program requires. Another big thanks goes out to chpwn and Ryan
Petrich who created Spire.
This is the first legal way to install the Siri interface on older iPhones.
Update: A far easier method of installing Siri can be found
method does not require setting up a proxy, or paying to access someone's proxy server.
Step 1 - Installing software
There is a lot of software to install. Plan on this taking at least an hour to complete
just this step! All the software is free. Everything installed for me without issue.
Download and install Xcode.
Download and install MacPorts.
The rest of the software will be downloaded using the Terminal program and is highly
automated. The Terminal will install each program as you enter the command for it, and
enter your administrator password. Some of these programs take 5-10 minutes each to
install depending on your Internet speed. You can walk away as each one installs in turn.
- When you need to enter a command into the Terminal I will indicate this by
placing a bullet point in front of the command to enter.
Go to your Applications/Utilities folder on your Mac and launch the Terminal then enter
the following as each program completes its installation:
- sudo port install dnsmasq
- sudo port install openssl
- sudo port install ruby
- sudo port install rb-rubygems
- sudo port install libxml2*
- sudo port install nano
- sudo port install wget
- sudo gem install eventmachine
- sudo gem install CFPropertyList
- sudo gem install httparty
- sudo gem install json
- sudo gem install uuidtools
Below is some of the Terminal output during the install of dnsmasq. Until you see a
prompt with your user name, do not disturb the Terminal process during installation of
any of the programs.
Step 2 - Setting up a DNS server
The following is an excerpt from "waynevo's" article:
"If you want to use your iPhone 4S just in a local network replace YOUR IP ADDRESS with
the static LAN IP of your Mac. I recommend this step if you don’t have a static WAN IP.
If you want to use your iPhone 4S from any WiFi-Network replace YOUR IP ADDRESS with your
WAN IP (http://whatismyip.com) and forward port 53 to your Mac."
I will be using the first method. To find out the IP address of your computer launch
System Preferences, click Network and you'll see your address in the Status section.
Note: This address may change in the future!
In the Terminal open up the dnsmasq configuration file
- sudo nano /opt/local/etc/dnsmasq.conf
I pressed CTRL + V three times until I saw this line appear: #address=/double-click.net/127.0.0.1.
Add this line below it: address=/guzzoni.apple.com/YOUR IP ADDRESS
Press CTRL + O, then press Enter to save the file. Press CTRL + X to exit the Nano
To load dnsmasq enter:
One last excerpt from "waynevo's" article:
"The server I use and which is linked here was not coded by me. It is a modified version
by the guys of http://www.ketchup-mayo-senf.de/blog/ who put their free time into
creating an awesome Siri Proxy which has several advantages:
- Every connected device gets their own ace host, assistant identifier and speech
identifier, so only the sessionvalidationdata gets sent to Apple.
- That way the iPhone 4S does not get blacklisted and you can connect 2 or more devices to
Apple at the same time (tested 3 devices by myself).
- The validation files don’t need to be extracted and filled in, the server saves them
automatically and uses them for non-4S devices.
Please think about donating to them."
Create a folder where you would like your SiriProxy folder saved. I placed it at
/MySiri. You will need to CD to this directory in the Terminal, once you have created
it so that the download will be placed there.
In the Terminal enter:
- wget http://www.ketchup-mayo-senf.de/blog/MySiriProxy.zip
Now change into that directory by entering:
Step 3 - Generating certificates
In the Terminal enter:
- openssl genrsa -des3 -out ca.key 4096
- openssl req -new -x509 -days 365 -key ca.key -out ca.crt
You will be prompted to enter several things. You should be able to use whatever
information you want. It is important that you enter guzzoni.apple.com for the common
A pass phrase for the key.
Enter US for the country name.
Enter CA for the state.
Enter Cupertino for the city.
Enter Apple for the organization name.
Enter Genie for the organization unit name.
Enter guzzoni.apple.com for the common name.
Enter an email address.
- openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key 4096
After entering the following command ensure you that you enter guzzoni.apple.com for the
- openssl req -new -key server.key -out server.csr
- openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in server.csr -CA ca.crt -CAkey ca.key -set_serial 01 -out server.passless.crt
- openssl rsa -in server.key -out server.key.insecure
- mv server.key server.key.secure
- mv server.key.insecure server.passless.key
Step 4 - Start the server
You'll be prompted to enter your password, and once you do a gray square will appear
while the process waits for input from the iPhone 4S. Do not do anything in the
Terminal. Note: This server will need to be running the entire time you are using Siri
on your iPhone 4. This server is also responsible for grabbing the Siri authorization
keys from the iPhone 4S.
Step 5 - Configuring the iPhone 4S
Install the ca.crt file in your SiriProxy folder, created in Step 2, to your iPhone 4S by
e-mailing it. Mine is located at /MySiri/SiriProxy/ca.crt
Open the e-mail on your iPhone and press the ca.crt attachment. At the next screen press
the Install button.
Press Install, then press Done.
Launch Settings, press Wi-Fi and tap the blue arrow beside the network name that you are
connected to. We will be changing the line that says DNS. In my case it is set to my
Airport Extreme Base Station's address.
I've changed my DNS address using the IP address of my Mac. Locating this was
demonstrated in Step 2. Press the Wi-Fi Networks button to back out of this screen.
The iPhone will then re-connect to the new IP address and you'll eventually see a
checkmark next to your network name again.
Press the Home button to exit Settings. Press and hold the Home button to trigger Siri.
Say "Test Siri proxy" and watch the Terminal window on your computer which is still
waiting for input from the iPhone. You'll see numerous comments appear.
Siri will respond, audibly in English, and on the screen that the "Siri Proxy is up and
Step 6 - Configuring the iPhone 4
Launch Cydia and install Spire. It downloads 100 MB of data so it will take awhile.
Don't let your iPhone go to sleep. Press the reboot button when prompted.
Install the same ca.crt file on your iPhone 4.
Launch Settings and press Spire. Then enter https://guzzoni.apple.com in the Proxy Host
Go to Settings, General, Siri and activate it. Go to Settings, Location Services and
ensure that it and Siri at the least, are both on.
SSH into your iPhone (see my SSH tutorial here
) and go to the /etc folder. Look for the file hosts and drag it to
Open the hosts file in TextEdit, and add the following line:
YOUR IP ADDRESS guzzoni.apple.com
If you want to use Siri over a 3G connection, you have to enter your WAN IP address here.
Remember that if your IP address is not static you may have to change it every day!
Save the file and upload it back to the iPhone.
Use Siri. It worked immediately for me. Siri keys expire approximately every 24 hours.
So make sure you use your iPhone 4S while connected to the Siri Proxy Server so that
the new SessionValidationData key is saved and used for all other iPhones.
Using Siri the next day...
There is a method to dump your Siri keys and it will display a time stamp of when they
expire. Generally they renew on a 24 hour cycle. Since the SiriProxy program handles the
retrieval of the keys and distribution of them to other iPhones the process is pretty
simple. You'll know when your keys have expired because Siri will constantly reply that
it's sorry and you should try back later when performing requests.
- Verify your computer's IP address didn't change. Refer to Step 2.
If it did change, then you must launch the Terminal and enter the command:
sudo nano /opt/local/etc/dnsmasq.conf Then edit the file as you did before by
placing the new IP address in it.
- In the Terminal, CD to your SiriProxy folder, then enter: sudo ruby start.rb
- Press and hold the Home button on the iPhone 4S to launch Siri. Say "Test Siri proxy."
You should receive the response "Siri proxy is up and running."
- If your computer's IP address changed, then edit the hosts file on the iPhone 4. Refer
to Step 6.