How to Make Siri Recognize Your Contact Names

Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:49am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 63834 views

These are instructions on how to get Siri to recognize the names of your contacts. This is especially useful for names that are difficult to pronounce or are said different from how they're spelled.

Step One
Launch Contacts from your Springboard or from the MobilePhone app.

Step Two
Select a contact from your address book.

Step Three
Press the Edit button at the top right of your screen.

Step Four
Scroll down and select Add Field from the list of buttons.

Step Five
Choose Phonetic First Name or Phonetic Last Name from the list of possible fields.

Step Six
Enter the phonetic pronunciation of the name that Siri isn't recognizing then press the Done button at the top right of your screen.

You can also get Siri to recognize and refer to a contact or yourself using an entirely different name by adding a Nickname field to the contact entry.

[via TiPb]

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MZA - October 18, 2011 at 5:05pm
How do I know the phonetic spelling of a name?
A - October 18, 2011 at 2:45pm
I see the same option on my iPhone 4 when I follow the same steps. Is this really a 4S future? I'm thinking not- it probably dates back to the original voice control on the iPhone 4 (and probably older but I've never had older). I would test it now but I'm at work...
CASEACE79 - October 18, 2011 at 12:34pm
Conversly you can just tell Siri to call you by your nickname and it'll automatically be added. You can also say things like Kyle is my brother and Siri will add it for you and recognize that Kyle is your brother from then on.
Hassna - October 18, 2011 at 10:34am
i cannot find Phonetic First Name.. instead it is just First Name.. is this tutorial for iOS 5??
DacksMac - October 18, 2011 at 1:05pm
It's for the iPhone 4s, obviously iOS5
hassan - October 18, 2011 at 2:52pm
im using iPhone 4s.. but there is no field which says Phonetic First Name.. weird :/
DacksMac - October 18, 2011 at 4:43pm
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