How do I tell Siri where I work?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Kahnyl, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2009
    Yesterday I told Siri to remind me to do something when I got to work. She replied "What time do you want me to remind you? (By the way, I don't know where your office is)". I tried saying "How can I tell you where my office is?" but she didn't understand.

    How do I do it?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Try saying the address? Seems like the obvious solution, doesn't it?
  3. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Put your office location in your contacts by itself with a label of office or work. Or associate it as office or work like you do with wife and kids and such.
  4. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    No, you need to add it under your contact info as 'Work'. Then Siri will know where you work.

    EDIT* Ninja'd.
  5. dotme macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    Create a contact for yourself. Add a street address, label it Work. (Add another, "home" if you want her to know where home is for you)
  6. Rubo Draco macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2011
    Have you tried dropping a Pin on Google Maps and label it as "Work"?
  7. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    Siri, I work at 123 Maple Street, New York, New York.
  8. Bob Sanders macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2011
    I love when people post inaccurate information without reading the thread. Add it to your contact card and tag the address as "work."
  9. Diveflo macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    has anyone managed to add a second work/school address?
    I tried to tell it where my university is, tried to label it as "school", "university" etc. but Siri always tells me it doesn't know my school address :-(
  10. JRoDDz, Oct 26, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011

    JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    It said it can't make changes but opened up my contacts app to edit.
  11. HarHo macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Having the same problem!

    I cannot get Siri to recognize my work address. I have tried/done the following things:

    1. Put my work location in my contact info, clearly labeled as "work."

    2. Tried telling Siri that my work location is <stated my work address.> Response: "I cannot change your contact information."

    3. Told Siri my work address and asked her to find it using maps. This worked, so clearly Siri recognizes the address exists.

    I am at a loss as to what to try next, other than calling Apple telephone support. If anyone else has figured out a work around, please post!
  12. Kubus macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2011
    Montreal, QC
    Are you in the US? I assumed it didnt work for me because Im in Canada and Siri is slightly crippled here.
  13. HarHo macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Yes, I'm in the US.
  14. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    You can tell it anything is save your work into your contacts and just say I work at [work name]. That should work...ill try later. I was able to tell Siri who my mother was very easily. I just said, [mothers name] is my mom. It said would you like me to add [name] as your mother, I said yes, now it knows.
  15. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    Are your contacts on Outlook or exchange? I found that if I use iCloud's contacts (sync'd to IP4s) and have my info marked as "ME" it works just fine.
  16. HarHo macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011

    Okay, everyone, I just got off the phone with Apple support and we figured out why Siri wasn't working for me.

    In my work address, I included my office room number (I work at a university, so this is required for proper mail delivery) on one of the "street" fields. Thus my address looked like this:

    Street field 1: 3400 xxxxxxxx St.
    Street field 2: MH338
    City: xxxx
    State: IN
    ZIP Code: 46xxx

    I deleted the MH338 and that did the trick! If any of you who are having this problem have a suite number, room number, or other such thing in one of your street fields, this may be the problem.

    Also, to those who say that telling Siri "I work at . . . " will fix the problem, it definitely will not. Siri will respond by showing you the address on a map OR by saying "I cant make changes to your contacts. You can do it in the Contacts app, though." Siri seems to be able to define relationships this way, but not locations that relate to you (that is, your home address, your work address, etc.) For those, Siri seems to rely on information in your contacts.

    Ain't new technology fun? ;-)
  17. Airmark1 macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2008

    This should work.

    The problem might be that Siri doesnt know who YOU are.

    Settings - General - Siri - my info.
  18. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    It is very weird that it says, I can't make changes to contacts, yet it is able to add mother, father, wife to your
  19. Airmark1 macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2008
    Oh. Nevermknd the. Funny bug. Thanks for the share.
  20. cathlabnurse macrumors newbie


    Oct 25, 2011
    I am learning Siri and learning my new iPhone4s. I moved up from the 4. I love forums and reading about others and appreciate all the help others give. Hope to bring a positive :) to the forums :)

    Love the iPhone
  21. bananabond macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2012
    i tried everything on this thread but still doesnt know where i work. it knoews where i live when i tell it to remind me when i get home but not when i get to work
  22. whatseansaw macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2012
    Use the map


    this was driving me potty and then I found a fix. Launch the new maps app and navigate to your place of work/home. Press and hold over the address that's yours and a pin will appear. Click on the pin label '>' and add it to existing contact - your own.

    Then, open the address book contact for yourself and if necessary finess the building number and/or the post code info and then ask Siri. This worked for me. Bizzarely, friends with work/home addresses in the same city as mine seem to work fine but I had to do this for myself. Odd.
  23. coldrick macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    A bit difficult in the country

    We live on 100 acres, and the house is roughly in the middle of it. My address is indicated by the maps app as being at the road, which is quite a distance from the house. If I try a drop a pin method, the address supplied is a general one, including all of the river valley we live in.

    Haven't experimented with reference to "home" in Siri, but it should be interesting. What a fun toy!

  24. syltrem macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2013
    Thanks for this HarHo !!! Worked for me.
    Btw you can still add the room number if you precede it with a comma on the 1st address line for example :
    Street field 1: 3400 xxxxxxxx St., room MH338
    That's how I have it now.

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