How to Get Siri to Say Your Name Correctly

Siri isn’t always so great at pronouncing names correctly. The AI is great for calling or sending messages, but it’s incredibly frustrating when you tell Siri to call Jaqueline and the AI searches the web for Violins. Luckily, you can teach Siri to pronounces your name or any name. Part of the personal assistant's capabilities is being able to learn. Whether it’s your name or a friends, you can correct Siri’s pronunciation in a few short steps. Here’s how to get Siri to say your name correctly.

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To teach Siri how to say a name correctly,

  • hold the home button to activate Siri and then say, "That's not how you pronounce [name]."

  • Siri will then ask you how to pronounce the contact's first name. Say the name correctly.

  • Siri will offer you two or three pronunciation options to choose from. Select the one that is the correct pronunciation.

  • If none of the options are close enough, tap Tell Siri Again to repeat the process until you get a pronunciation you like.

Siri will then repeat the process for the contact's last name as well. Having corrected Siri’s pronunciation, the AI should be able to say your name, or a friend's name, correctly now.


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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.