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Q. I love Siri! I’m using Siri every day and wonder how I got along without her. But as much as I love Siri, she doesn’t seem to know who I am! She keeps calling me Bob, but my name isn’t Bob, it’s Alice.
I’m beginning to think Siri hates me! How can I get Siri to love me like I love her?
A. Sorry, but Siri is an inanimate object and can’t love or hate you. But I can help Siri recognize you.
Siri doesn’t know who you are when you take your new iPhone 4S out of the box. Here’s how to introduce yourself to Siri.
Make sure you have added a contact for yourself to your Contacts App. You should have your full name, home address, office address and home and office phone numbers listed.
Then, go to Settings => General => Siri => My Info and select yourself as a contact.
Siri should then know that you are the owner of the phone.
Q. I see the Siri commercials with a guy riding in the car saying, “Tell my wife I’ll be late.” I would love to do that but I can’t even get it to call my husband. We have a long, complicated last name that Siri doesn’t understand. If I try to just use his first name, Jack, Siri pulls up all five listings for Jack in my address book and I have to pick which one I want. If I try to say his full name, Siri has no idea who I’m talking about.
How do I get Siri to know who my husband is?
A. Good news, you have three different ways to let Siri know who your husband is.
First, you could add another entry to your Contacts list, “Jack Cell” or “Jack Office”.
Second, you could tell Siri who your husband is. Say, “Siri, my husband is Jack.” Siri will then ask you which Jack is your husband and you choose from the list of five Jacks in your Contacts. After that, Siri will know who your husband is, so you can say commands such as,
“Call my husband at work.”
You can designate people with the following relationships:
After you tell Siri who someone is, Siri will remember so you don’t have to tell it again.
Third, you can set a nickname for a contact. Go into Contacts, find the contact you want to add a nickname to, and go to the bottom “Add Field” and add a nickname.
I caution you not to give someone a nasty nickname. No matter how you feel about your boss, don’t give him a name like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrel.” You never know when a nasty nickname could come back to haunt you.
Have you told Siri who you are? Have you told Siri about your relationships? Have you added nicknames to your contacts? Do you love Siri? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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