Getting Siri to understand phonetic names

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by lowonthe456, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    I know you can add a "phonetic name" field in contacts and Siri will pronounce the name correctly....but what about input?

    For example: I add a contact to my iPhone for Jesus (pronounced hay zoos).
    If I ask Siri to call him, she will only recognize the name is I ask for Jesus (not hay zoos).

    There must be a way to fix this no?
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I don't have an example to test, but I thought the phonetic field addressed both how SIRI says the name and how it listens to the name. (e.g.). So you put in the phonetic name and SIRI still doesn't recognize the person?
  3. lowonthe456 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    Thats what I thought. it didnt work at first but works now...weird

  4. xaviila macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2012
    Siri: 'Phonetic First Name' tag not showing!

    I think Siri has still plenty of room for improvement. On my phone the 'Phonetic First Name' tag and 'Phonetic Last Name' tag did not show up at all! As if Apple did not want me to use this feature!

    Anyone who has the same problems can see how I eventually managed to fix the issue here:
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Put it in the "Nickname" field as "Hey Zues" or whatever you want. It should work then.

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