Siri mostly useless for me

kat.hayes

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I am using the most recent update for the Applewatch and Series 4.

1. I can almost NEVER activate it by raising the watch close to my face and saying "hey Siri"
if I do get it to activate it takes multiple times. Is there some trick to this? I try using it while walking to my car or in between meetings and I'm at the point where I just give up and wait until I get to my car and just use my phone...

2. I'm driving and I want to dictate some email, so I finally get it to work and it pops up with a message that "I can help you com-pose an email on your iPhone" it does not take any further directions from me and I have to start all over again with "hey Siri" and hope that it listens, though it does the same thing, over and over again. The whole point of me getting the watch is that I don't want to touch my phone when driving. Why is it doing this? Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 

Relentless Power

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"Siri mostly useless for the world"
Yes, unfortunately. Siri does well with dictation for the most part with the Apple Watch, it’s deciphering the words. But hopefully all those changes are coming once John Giannandrea was acquired from Google to revamp Siri.
 
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minimo3

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Same here. Given up using raise to wake and hey Siri. I just pull out my phone and put it in the car mount instead.
 

Relentless Power

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I think a part of the problem is the ambient noise in a car, and also that the quality of the microphone in the Apple Watch is not as good as an iPhone. It can be frustrating.
Ambient noise with the Apple Watch and how small the microphone is, will always be a problem. I would say it’s also dependent on how clear someone is speaking and loudly as well, but yes, distorted noise around them will affect what is transpired to Siri to decipher.
 
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minimo3

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Even if there were no ambient noise in the car you’d probably want to pull out the phone since while you can dictate a message on the watch, when you get a reply or new message the watch can’t read it back to you (I won’t take my eyes off the road to read messages on my wrist). Only the phone can read messages. The rationale for that is a mystery to me, since Siri is able to audibly reply to general queries.
 

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I think a part of the problem is the ambient noise in a car, and also that the quality of the microphone in the Apple Watch is not as good as an iPhone. It can be frustrating.
I absolutely agree. I switched cars this year and what a difference it made. I wish Apple would take into account that once having bought Apple accessories, there's not much money left for big cars. (Sort-of-a-joke).
 
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