How to fix Siri spelling a name using dictation?

Smurphy Gherkin

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I want to set alarm on Watch, and have it say "Pick up Cate'.

Dictation always spells it "Kate" and this *:mad:**:eek:** me everyday. Mainly because I love my daughter.

The only way I know how to label an alarm on the Watch is with Siri dictation - because for some bizarre reason alarms on the iPhone and Watch are not actually mirrored, they are a different thing. So you can't create the alarm on the phone if you want a silent, persistent wrist buzzing alarm. Which is awesome, and a major selling point of the Watch.

My daughter is listed in my Contacts, linked as my daughter, and has Phonetic First Name as Cate. On iPhone this fixes Siri spelling for setting Reminders, but not for dictation!

"Remind me to pick up Cate" works as a reminder, but dictation into a label field of an alarm is always Kate.

Any :apple: wizards with ideas out there? Or is it just easier to rename the kid?
 

bjdraw

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"Remind me to to pick up my daughter"

I have a friend who also named her kids like that. I think she likes to correct people when they misspell it everyday.
 
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adammull

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I want to set alarm on Watch, and have it say "Pick up Cate'.

Dictation always spells it "Kate" and this *:mad:**:eek:** me everyday. Mainly because I love my daughter.

The only way I know how to label an alarm on the Watch is with Siri dictation - because for some bizarre reason alarms on the iPhone and Watch are not actually mirrored, they are a different thing. So you can't create the alarm on the phone if you want a silent, persistent wrist buzzing alarm. Which is awesome, and a major selling point of the Watch.

My daughter is listed in my Contacts, linked as my daughter, and has Phonetic First Name as Cate. On iPhone this fixes Siri spelling for setting Reminders, but not for dictation!

"Remind me to pick up Cate" works as a reminder, but dictation into a label field of an alarm is always Kate.

Any :apple: wizards with ideas out there? Or is it just easier to rename the kid?
I say pick up my daughter. Then it asks me which one. So they have nicknames which is a field in contacts. Or pick up my wife, which works. It took some time but I filled out my entire contact list one day with familial relationships and nicknames for friends. It works amazingly well.
 

nathanjbrown

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Hold up. Siri works this way? Siri is supposed to learn who my wife is? I messed around with this like a year ago. I said, "Siri...Call my wife." Siri responded with, "Who is your wife?" (Or something like that) I told Siri my wife's name and the iPhone dialed my wife as expected. But that information wasn't committed to memory. Every time I say "Siri...Call my wife," Siri responds with the same line of questioning.

So are you saying the Siri should actually remember this information?

Didn't mean to hijack...
 

adammull

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Hold up. Siri works this way? Siri is supposed to learn who my wife is? I messed around with this like a year ago. I said, "Siri...Call my wife." Siri responded with, "Who is your wife?" (Or something like that) I told Siri my wife's name and the iPhone dialed my wife as expected. But that information wasn't committed to memory. Every time I say "Siri...Call my wife," Siri responds with the same line of questioning.

So are you saying the Siri should actually remember this information?

Didn't mean to hijack...
Yes she can learn that. Easier way is to do it in Contacts on the Mac or Phone. It's a field for family relationships. There is also a field for nicknames, so you can have your boss as a contact for example, but his nickname can be Boss, so you can say call my boss.

There is an option to then use nicknames or not use nicknames for display. So when he texts you, you have the option of seeing the text as From: Boss.

Does that make sense?
 

shareef777

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Having similar issues. Trying to set an alarm for the Gym, but it keeps hearing it as Jim. I'm surprised that there's no Alarm app on the iPhone itself. Any app that needs typing or uses dictation should have an app on the iPhone side so we can enter that info.
 

fischersd

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If you want a location specific reminder for "The Gym", you should have a contact called "The Gym" (that could also be a nickname for that contact).
You should make sure that the address you put in maps properly in Apple maps before using it.

The iPhone doesn't need an Alarm app - it's built into the clock app.
 
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Gav2k

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You can get Siri to tell the difference if you prompt it in the correct way. Well I can.

'Set an alarm to go to the gym at 6am'
 

melvynadam

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Ridiculously, this problem persists. There really should be a way (Scribble?) by now to correct the spelling of an alarm’s label.
I want a reminder to take a specific medicine at a specific time. Siri doesn’t recognize the name (which is entirely fair enough) but why not let me type the name and ensure my alarm is useful?
 

dave006

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Ridiculously, this problem persists. There really should be a way (Scribble?) by now to correct the spelling of an alarm’s label.
I want a reminder to take a specific medicine at a specific time. Siri doesn’t recognize the name (which is entirely fair enough) but why not let me type the name and ensure my alarm is useful?
Ahh, why not just set the Alarm on your iPhone entering the specific medicine name. Then use Siri to manage this alarm. It will ring on your iPhone & Watch and you can stop it from either device.

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Having similar issues. Trying to set an alarm for the Gym, but it keeps hearing it as Jim. I'm surprised that there's no Alarm app on the iPhone itself. Any app that needs typing or uses dictation should have an app on the iPhone side so we can enter that info.
You do know about the Clock app on the iPhone (part of the Apple included apps)? You can create alarms with custom labels and manage them from Siri on your iPhone or Watch.

Dave
 

shareef777

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Uh, sure there is.
Wow, way to "correct" a 2 year old post. But no there's no alarm app. There's a CLOCK app, but that's the problem with Siri. It's not very good at natural language processing. It's getting much better, but you still can't have conversations with it.

I should make it clear. that two years ago (when I had originally posted this) asking Siri to update an alarm would have it prompt back that 'there's no alarm app'.
 

xraydoc

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Wow, way to "correct" a 2 year old post. But no there's no alarm app. There's a CLOCK app, but that's the problem with Siri. It's not very good at natural language processing. It's getting much better, but you still can't have conversations with it.

I should make it clear. that two years ago (when I had originally posted this) asking Siri to update an alarm would have it prompt back that 'there's no alarm app'.
Sorry. Other people had bumped the thread to current, so I didn’t look at the dates of the top posts.
 

shareef777

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Sorry. Other people had bumped the thread to current, so I didn’t look at the dates of the top posts.
No biggie, but that does highlight the nice improvement of Siri. It now responds back about specific details within an app.

I just wish if I asked it to “update the 6am alarm to 7am” and there’s only a 630am alarm that it lists all the alarms and continues listening. As it stands it’s always a one question for Siri and you have to hold the button down again to ask a second question.
 

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No biggie, but that does highlight the nice improvement of Siri. It now responds back about specific details within an app.

I just wish if I asked it to “update the 6am alarm to 7am” and there’s only a 630am alarm that it lists all the alarms and continues listening. As it stands it’s always a one question for Siri and you have to hold the button down again to ask a second question.
I think you can ask another with “hey, Siri” if you have it enabled.
 
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