5 tips to get more out of Siri
Tip 1: Teach Siri to pronounce names
It sometimes happens that Siri misreads the name of a friend or cannot find a contact based on my voice. To solve this, I look for the right contact in my contacts. I tap "change" and "add field." Now I choose "first name pronunciation" and "last name pronunciation". I can also type the phonetic name in "first name phonetically". Now Siri recognizes the correct pronunciation and I can, for example, call a contact by saying the name.
Tip 2: teach Siri who your family and friends are
I activate Siri with my voice and say, for example, "Bas is my brother". Siri then asks for confirmation and I click on 'save'. Siri has now learned that "Bas" is my brother. From now on I just have to say "call my brother" to call Bas faster or "send Bas a message" to be able to chat faster.
Tip 3: location based reminders
Based on location, I set reminders with Siri. I activate Siri and ask, for example, "remember to drop by Daniel as soon as I arrive at the office." So I get a message to walk by him as soon as I enter the office.
Please note: it is important that my location is turned on in the settings. In addition, my home and work settings must be in my contacts app.
Tip 4: Siri Shortcuts app
With the Siri Shortcuts app I come up with commands for a series of actions. For example, fewer steps are needed to perform an action. For example, I propose an assignment when I leave the house. For example, I want to switch off all lighting and lower the temperature of the heating. I arrange this with Siri Shortcuts in one go by saying the assignment.
Tip 5: Use Siri in silence
I sometimes use Siri without sound. This is useful, for example, if I am on the train and Siri wants to ask about my day schedule. There are 2 options to communicate with Siri in silence.
- I type my question, so I don't have to talk out loud myself.
- When I silence Siri, she doesn't talk back. I only read her feedback on my screen. I adjust this by setting my settings to "line with bell switch".