Siri, out of the box is reasonably good at understanding what I say, even in my Australian accent. As long as you speak clearly, slowly and with as little background noise as possible she understands.
However soon after kicking off with your new iPhone 4S and Siri you may find the urge to make her interact a little better.
I’ll share a trick with you that will help you do two things:
- Refer to your contacts with nicknames instead of their first and last name
- Get her to say your name correctly if her pronunciation is a bit off
Educate Siri via Adress Book
The trick to both of these is to understand the nickname field in the iPhone address book. Siri will use the nickname field if you filled in for you and your contacts.
So for example if you want to say “Call Billy” instead of “Call Bill Blogs” (assuming that that is how you have Bill in your address book) all you need to do is put “Billy” in as this contact’s nickname.
Take a look at the following screen shots.
Start by finding the entry in your address book and clicking edit, then at the bottom choose “add field” and from the next screen choose “nickname“.
Then you will see that you’ve a new field, that you can enter the person’s nickname.
That’s it you can then close address book and start referring to your contact as “Billy” and Siri will know who you’re talking about.
Teach Siri to say your name correctly
Use the same method to have Siri say your name correctly. If you place an nickname in your address book entry, Siri will then use that instead of your first name, which is the default. So she’s not getting the pronunciation correct spell your name phonetically in the nickname field and teach her how to say it.
You can also use this trick to have some fun with Siri, currently she’s calling me Lord Peter which I think is appropriate! Put anything you like in the nickname field and she starts to have a bit of personality.