How to give your friends nicknames on Siri

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pezasied182, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2011
    So I wasn't aware if people already knew that you can give contacts any nickname you want on Siri. It's really easy to do, just go to contacts, select the contact you want to give the nickname to, edit, add field, nickname and you're done. From now on, you can refer to this person as either their nickname or their actual name and Siri will register it as that contact, exactly like how "mother" "brother" etc work, except it can be any word you want. (I call my girlfriend Beans, for example.)

    Trying to give people nicknames within Siri (telling it X is my Y) limits it to family names and relationships, and won't allow you to give personalized names.
  2. Daniel97, Oct 15, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011

    macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
    doesn't work!

    i can call my dad batman for example ..

    but if i set my mother in law to mother in law - it wouldn't of called.
  3. macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    Under their address book card, go into edit mode and add a new field, there is one called nicknames. Siri can use that. I have a friend named Matt that we call "Moose" and I've been using it with Siri just fine using this method.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2011
    It does work if you edit the contacts nickname in the contacts app exactly how AML225 and I said. It's kinda fun to give people nicknames on it.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 2, 2008
    Can you have multiple nicknames?
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2011
    In the contacts app, you can only give a person one nickname. Though, you can set a relationship name (like brother, father, etc) for a person and a nickname. I can call my girlfriend by saying either girlfriend, beans, or Brianna.
  7. macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2008
    This works! Great tip!

    Siri was having a hard time recognizing the name of my company, so I used nicknames instead to make it simpler. Worked like a charm.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2011
    Stumbled upon this last night. Pretty sweet stuff.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    I'm not going to tell you what I call her.


  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2011
    My girlfriend was "my b*tch" for a little while as a joke, but I changed it.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2009
    Set it to "Motherinlaw" - works then. It sometimes does not like spaces or hyphens in the name, but strangely sometimes spaces are fine :confused:
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2011
    Can you get Siri to give someone the relationship mother in law? I know you can Stepfather.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    This is interesting but doesn't quite work how I expect/hope.

    For instance, my wife's name is Tiffany. I put "Tiffers" in her nickname field, but it doesn't recognize it, probably because it's not a real word.

    BUT, it does recognize names that are not common names in my address book, so I'm not sure why it doesn't correlate non-word nicknames like Tiffers like it does with names that it might not know as being real names.

    That would be pretty cool to be able to "teach" it any nickname and be able to talk to it like that or add words to it's dictionary so you could say things like "Tiffers" in your dictation and it would know what you are talking about.
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2011

    I assigned one of my friends the nickname "Tiffers" and I was able to get Siri to use that name no problem. I'm not sure why it isn't working for you.

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  15. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    Strange, I just tried it again and now it's working. Maybe it has started learning the way I talk better or something. Not sure why it didn't work for me earlier. Thanks!
  16. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    I'm not sure Daniel will appreciate you calling him Tiffers...
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3) has a few articles on setting up Siri, etc.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2008
    Pretty sure iCloud maintains a database of personal info from your contacts to draw upon when you use Siri, and there might have been a delay uploading the new info to the cloud.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2007
    Voice Dial could recognize:

    "H-Mobile", "W-mobile", "Work Cell", "Work mobile"

    Siri cannot.

    Its gets hung up on the "Mobile" or "Work" and disregards the rest.
  20. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2011
    Nonsense, all my friends need to have manly names like that.

    And I haven't tried any two-named nicknames yet. I'll see how it goes.
  21. macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2011
    So ... what if you had two brothers? Can Siri know the difference between them? Or can she only assign "brother" to one contact?
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2011
    It asks you which one.

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  23. macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2011
    Thanks! Was wondering how that worked. Hope your GF doesn't find out about the other one ;).
  24. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Siri didn't work the way I wanted. After added same nickname for two contacts, I have choices to pick, but it is very annoy that every time I "call my brother" it keep asking "do you want me to remember Person 1 is your brother?"

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