Siri - Set Relationships?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iMike97, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. iMike97 macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2011
    New York
    How do you set relationships such as "Brother" etc.?
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Just tell Siri to call your brother, and she will ask you for his name.
  3. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Or you can just say "My brother is <brother's name>" etc.
  4. bgro macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    South Florida
    Set up a contact for yourself and edit it to add a field "relationship" or something like that. Then you can add mother, brother, etc. Next time you tell siri to "send text to your mom it will know. Magical..
  5. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    I believe you can also say:

    "My brother is Jim Thomas" or "Jim Thomas is my brother."

    Probably any form of "my <something> is <contact name>" will be saved as <something> = <contact name>, unless they only programmed in family relationships.

    Can someone please try an experiment, like "My honey is ..." or "My tiger is..." and see if it takes any word after the "my"? So you can later say, "text my honey" or "call my tiger "?
  6. shagam macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    I've gotten this far, but my only options for relationships are spouse, manager, and assistant. Does anyone have any idea why this is the case? I'm syncing my contacts with Exchange 2003 and I have a hunch this may have something to do with it (limitation/bug)....
  7. nhamp07 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2011
    same here...but syncing with google contacts
  8. Juan007 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    Cool feature, even has separate fields for wife and girlfriend.
  9. nhamp07 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2011
    I can do it manually within the google contacts
  10. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    Guys you don't need to do anything with your contacts. Do this:

    1) activate Siri
    2) say "call my brother"
    3) Siri asks who your brother is
    4) tell Siri which of your contacts is your brother
    5) Siri will then ask if she can remember that name as your brother
    6) you say yes

    That's it. The next time you ask to call your brother, it'll know who it is.
  11. iWantiPad2 macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2011
    I've been saying "My (relationship)'s name is ________" or "(insert name) is my (insert relationship)". Works like a charm, except for having a little trouble with uncommon names.

    I don't give Siri a command, I just tell her random relationships I have with people and she makes note of it.
  12. shagam macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    Sorry mate, but its just not the case for some of us, and judging by other threads, the ones having trouble are Exchange-sync'd contacts. Though you can still "train" Siri by saying "X is my brother" we only have a MANAGER, ASSISTANT, or SPOUSE field to save the relationship to. If we say "X is my brother" she responds "Save X as your manager?"
  13. hushmartin macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2009
    This is the coolest toy EVER. Er...I mean tool. :D
  14. Lifesuxsbad macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010

    Siri on my daughters phone addresses her as other words it calls her Robert instead of Tabatha. How do I tell it to address her as Tabatha and not my name?
  15. shagam macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    I found a fix: (this fix assumes you have setup your iCloud account to sync contacts...even if you don't have any stored in iCloud yet)

    1) Go to Contacts, then click Groups in the top left
    2) Go to your iCloud addressbook
    3) Create a new contact for yourself
    4) Save the contact, but then edit it: delete any "linked" contacts (these are listed towards the bottom)
    5) Go into Preferences -> iCloud and set "My Info"
    6) Again click Groups in the top left, choose iCloud addressbook, and select the new contact you made for yourself in step #3

    Now when you tell Siri "Joe is my brother" she'll remember!
  16. MGTR420 macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    I think under Siri's settings, it'll say "My Info".
  17. johna1234 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    siri is really starting to annoy me

    i cant set personal relationships . when i go to my personal contact i can only set manager, spouse or assistant. thats all. evern when i tell siri "my girlfriend is ..." she says she stores it but it stores under manager. what the hll am i doing wrong? this is starting to annoy me now
  18. akacaj macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2008
    This is a problem with exchange sync accounts. Gmail and Google Apps users will have the same problem if they use google sync. Relations and custom fields are not supported by the protocol. Thats why the iPhone does not make those fields available. You can actually set relations in your google apps account but it will never sync down to your phone.
  19. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Don't have a 4S, but would love a confirmation on something. If you ask Siri to "Call Daddy" without setting the relationship, does the sexy computer voice say back "Who's your daddy?"
  20. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    You can also add/edit relationships from the contacts app, or within the phone app.
  21. mickbab macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Try this:

    Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Contacts > My Info

    And select her contact instead of yours. If she doesn't have a contact for herself, just create one quickly and then choose it. I think that should do the trick.
  22. woodekm macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2008
    Oh man. Reading the title of the thread, I thought someone was having a relationship with their Siri already!
  23. Lifesuxsbad macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010

    Thanks!! :)
  24. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    You can add a nickname field in Address Book.
  25. johna1234 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    This worked great man, thanks a lot!

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