Getting Siri to understand odd names?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by ArtOfWarfare, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    My girlfriend's name is spelled "Emilee", but Siri can't find her in my contacts because it keeps looking for "Emily" instead. Any suggestions? I tried spelling it for Siri but that didn't seem to help any... if I'm not mistaken, my old iPhone 3GS's not very much touted speech recognition was much better at recognizing names :-/
  2. austinkays macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2008
    Add her manually as "girlfriend" in the relationship area in your own contact on the phone.

    Then just call her girlfriend ;)

    "Call my girlfriend" or "Text my girlfriend" will automatically select your Emilee
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Why not save her as "Emily" so you dont have any problems?;)
    Im sure Emilee or Siri wont mind.
  4. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    You can add a phonetic names to a contact... I assume Siri picks up on that field. (you can use something like this to help you as well: )
  5. b00st3d macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2008
    New Orleans
    This is what I had to do for my wife's name...

    Just edit your own contact info and there is a field for spouse/mother/father/etc...
  6. gnagy macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2009
    The old speech recognition also didn't require an Internet connection, and it was significantly faster.

    You can turn Siri off in Settings->General->Siri, and it goes back to the old school speech recognition.
  7. ArtOfWarfare thread starter macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Thanks, that worked.

    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind; maybe I'll turn it off at next week if I still don't like Siri. (I dictated this to Siri, although I had to add the punctuation myself afterwards.)
  8. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    If I got the new iPhone 4S I probably would not use SIRI because its not that useful to me.
  9. kycophpd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2009
    Louisville, Kentucky
    Go into her contact and edit it. Scroll down to ADD FIELD -- then click nickname and under her nickname, name her Emily with the more common spelling. This keeps her as Emilee on your actual contact and when it displays on caller ID but lets Siri find her.

    You can do this for any contact. For example, my wife is 'Crazy B--ch" - so when I say text Crazy B--ch, it knows I want to text my wife.
  10. ToddyT macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Hopefully this has worked for you.

    I don't mean to brag (I totally do), but I'm happy Siri picked up my girlfriend from the first request. My girlfriend's name being Anuradha ;)

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