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MAKE A CALL

There are two commands for making a call: Call or Dial. Say “dial” when you want to call someone who isn’t in your contacts. E.g., “Dial 647-555-2121.” Say “call” when you want to phone a contact, then specify which number you want to reach. E.g., “Call Joanna at work” or “Call mom at home.”

ADD A NICKNAME

Some names are difficult for Siri to recognize because they sound too much like other names or words. And some of your contacts don’t have first and last names, like your favourite pizza delivery company or taxi service. In these cases, you can add a nickname to a contact. To do so, go into the contact and tap Edit. Scroll down to Add Field and select Nickname.

SPEAK PUNCTUATION

Unless you’re a lawyer or private investigator, chances are you haven’t spent much time dictating to yourself. It may not seem natural at first, but inserting punctuation into your commands helps Siri understand you better. Here’s an example: Tell Siri to “Email Bob Sexton,” and then begin your message: “Hi Bob comma I am working late tonight and can’t make our squash game period.”

USE CUE WORDS

Sometimes Siri doesn’t understand you because you weren’t direct enough. Words or phrases such as “that” and “tell him” help Siri know what you’re asking. Remember that Siri is not actually relaying a message. If you say, “Message Mike that he is welcome to join us,” Siri will send a message beginning with “He is” rather than “You are.” Instead say, “Message Mike – you are welcome to join us.”


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