How to Teach Siri to Say a Name by Adding Phonetic Spelling to the Contacts App

With the iPhones' Contacts app, you can include the phonetic spelling of names to teach Siri how to pronounce the names of your contacts. In Contacts, you'll need to tap Edit on a contact's card and select Add Field to enter a name phonetically. Let's get started learning how to add the phonetic pronunciation of names to your iPhone's Contacts list!

Related: How to Share Contact Information from Your iPhone

How to Add Phonetic Spelling to iPhone Contacts:

  1. Open your Contacts either in the Phone app or the Contacts app.
  2. Find the contact Siri is having trouble pronouncing and tap on their name.
  3. Once the person's contact card is open, tap Edit in the upper right corner.
  4. Now, scroll down and select add field.
  5. You can pick from Phoenetic First, Middle, or Last Name
  6. Enter the phonetic pronunciation, then tap Done in the upper right corner.
  7. Now the phonetic pronunciation of the name is included in the contact card.

I hope this tip helps you to create easy references for both you and Siri so that you don't have any more trouble with mispronunciations!

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.