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Personalizing Siri (Part 2): How to have Siri call your wife, mother, or your brother at work.

September 8, 2015
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Personalize Siri to call your son, mother, or give you directions to your brother’s office.

To further personalize your iPhone, you can “teach” Siri who your family members are.  Once you do this you can ask Siri to call your mom, dad, brother, daughter, etc.  You can also ask Siri to do things like, “give me directions to my brother’s office” or “call my dad at work.”

Note:  This is Part 2 of Personalizing Siri articles.  Personalizing Siri (Part 1) covers:  How to have Siri automatically give me directions home or call home.  You do not have to follow Part 1 to accomplish Part 2.

There are multiple ways to let Siri know about the members of your family.   One method uses voice commands to teach Siri who your family members are but it doesn’t always work perfectly.  When it doesn’t work it can cause frustration and waste time.  While using the Contact App method that is shown below and in the video is a little “less cool” it is easy and minimizes errors.

To define family members for Siri

1)  Create a Contact card for yourself

The first thing you need to do is create a contact card for yourself in the Contacts App.

Note:  If you already created a personal Contact Card as described in Personalizing Siri Part 1, you can skip this step.

  • Tap Contacts App > Tap + in the upper right hand corner.
  • Add your name, phone numbers, home address and work address.
  • Tap Done.

Personalize Siri Tell Siri Who You Are2)  Tell Siri who you are

Note:  If you already created a personal Contact Card as described in “Personalizing Siri Part 1”, you can skip this step.

  • Go to Settings app.  Tap General > Siri > scroll down then tap My Info. Find your contact card then tap to select it.

3) Create a Contact card for your family member

Start off by creating a contact card for one family member, such as your husband, wife, mother, father, or daughter.

  • Tap Contacts App > Tap + in the upper right hand corner.
  • Add his/her phone number.  Add home & work addresses for additional automation.
  • Tap Done.

4)  Define your family member(s)

In this step you will associate your personal Contact Card with your family member’s Contact Card.

  • In Contacts App, go to your personal Contact Card.
  • Tap Edit (upper right corner).
  • Swipe down until you see “add related name”, then tap it.
  • Tap “Mother” and select the relationship of the family member (brother, daughter, son, etc).
  • Tap the blue (i) information circle icon then find the family member’s Contact Card you created in Step 3. Tap to select the family members card.

Personalize Siri Tell Siri about Your family membersNote:  If you accidentally select an incorrect contact, tap the red circle delete icon (-) .  Tap Delete.  Then tap green add icon  (+) to add the related name back.

  • Tap Done.

You can back out of Contacts if desired.  Otherwise Press the Home button (located below the screen on your phone).

Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri, and say “call mom” (or the family member you added).  If you added a work address or phone number you can say things like  “call my brother at work”.  The more information you add about a Contact the more you can personalize Siri and have her complete tasks for you.

Add Additional family member

  • Repeat Step 4 to add and relate additional family members.

Using Siri Hands-Free

You can ask Siri to “call mom” or “call my daughter” without touching the phone using the command “Hey Siri”.  In order to use Siri hands free you need to make sure “Hey Siri” is On in Settings app > General > Siri.  Your iPhone must be plugged in to a power source in order for “Hey Siri” to work.

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you Francie. Now I know why Siri didn’t know who my husband was. I thought she was “blonde” or something. Now I know I have to add him. LOL So I’m the “blonde” one.

    I’m looking forward to seeing more videos.

    Jean Maurie