Siri is one of the best and most loved features of an iPhone. The programmers at Apple have worked very hard to make her what she is- a computer program that works almost as a personal assistant. You can ask Siri almost anything, and she will be there with an answer.
Siri was first launched in 2011 with the release of the iPhone 5, and she has since been upgraded many times in different ways. But one thing that has probably troubled many iPhone users is how to change what Siri calls you.
Siri has grown to be much more intelligent and innovative than she was. This refers to the vastness of her knowledge, the amount of information she can access, and how you can customize her settings. The name she calls you now is based on the information that has been stored in the contact card by your name.
This contact card can be found in the Contacts app. This card is associated with your registered Apple ID and iCloud Account. The card was created when you first set up your device. But this does not mean that you cannot change those details because we are here to help you find the answer to how to make Siri call you something.
Before you follow the steps below, you must select your language. Siri can understand many languages, and you need to tell her which language you want to speak. Do this by going to the “Settings” option, then the “General” option. Select ‘Siri,’ then select ‘Language.’ Choose whichever language you want, and then carry on.
How To Make Siri Call You A Nickname?
So you registered your name with Siri without thinking about it, and now you want to change what Siri calls you. You may have tried to do it several times but if you have not been able to do it yet, here is a step-by-step guide if you want to know how to tell Siri what to call you.
Go to your home screen.
Tap the ‘Contacts’ option on the home screen.
Use the navigation panel to search for your name. You can also search for your name by typing it in the search box at the top. It will most probably be marked as “me.”
Select your contact card.
Tap the ‘Edit’ option that will allow you to make changes to your contact information.
Siri calls you by whatever name is written down in the nickname field or by the name written down in the first name field. Enter the name that you want Siri to refer you by. Once you have done this, tap the ‘Done’ option.
Go to the home screen once again.
Tap the ‘Settings’ option on the home screen.
In the settings menu, select the “General” option.
Under the ‘General’ tab, there will be a list of options. Select “Siri” from that list and tap on “My Info.”
Ensure that the “My Info” card that opens up is the same card with all the information you edited in Step 6. Choose that card to associate with the Siri app.
Now, it is time to check whether the above steps were successful. Press and continue holding the ‘Home’ button to start Siri up. Say, ‘Siri, call me___.’ This blank is where you say the nickname you want to be called. Now, confirm your choice by tapping on the option “OK.”
Siri will now add that name as a nickname to your list of contacts in the form of a contact card. Now, whenever you talk to Siri, she will call you by that name or nickname.
If you are still facing issues and Siri cannot call you correctly by the name you wrote down in the nickname section, it may be a problem with Siri’s pronunciation. There is a possibility that she is having a hard time understanding how you say your name.
If you think this is the problem behind Siri’s inability to call you by the name you want, we have a solution for this issue too. It’s quite simple, and all you need to do is follow the given steps:
- Go to the ‘Contacts’ app on your Home Screen
- Locate your name and tap on it
- Tap on the ‘Edit’ button
- Go all the way down to the bottom of the pop-up menu
- Tap on the “Add Field” option
- You can tap on the “Phonetic First Name” option or the “Nick Name” option. This depends on the name you want Siri to call you by
- Once you have chosen the required option, you must spell your name phonetically. Say your name in such a way that your spell represents each set of different symbols used in your name and the letters involved. Your pronunciation must be loud and clear. Also, ensure that there is no background sound so that Siri does not get confused.
- Once you are satisfied with your pronunciation, tap on the ‘Done’ option.
Remember that if your contact card has a first name entered in the first name field, Siri will call you only by that name, not by your nickname. This is the default feature of Siri. Based on the information on your contact card, spell your first name or nickname only.
This is the most reliable method to correct Siri’s pronunciation and make her say your name clearly and much better. No matter how phonetically you spoke during the above steps, Siri will always display your name according to the spelling.