August 25, 2014, 5:42 PM — Want to get more out of iOS's digital assistant Siri? I've got five great tips for you.
Fix Siri's mistakes
Siri's voice recognition isn't perfect -- far from it. So if you find that Siri has misheard something you asked, for example the name of a city or town, make sure to correct it right away. Swipe down, and you'll see the command you issued as Siri interpreted it. Then tap the "Tap to Edit" option, and correct her mistake. Not only will she now give you the right results, but in the future, if you ask her the same question, she'll probably get it right.
Teach Siri how to talk properly
Siri does her best to try and match your pronunciation, especially of your name, but she's not always up to the task. If you've got a simple last name like "Jones" that's not going to be a problem. But if your last name is "Chattopadhyay," she's going to run into trouble. Luckily, it's easy to teach her how to pronounce your name, or anyone else's name. After a Siri mispronounciation, just say, "That's not how you pronounce [name]." Siri will then ask you to pronounce it, and give you three options for pronouncing it. Just choose the closest match.
Ask Siri to search through notes and emails
If you're looking for a specific email or for specific information in a note, there's no need to go pecking and searching around yourself. Instead, have Siri do the searching. If you're looking for an email or note about your upcoming backpacking trip, say, "Find email about backpacking trip," or "Find email about backpacking trip." Siri will find it for you.
Teach Siri about your relationships
Here's a great shortcut for using Siri to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers: Tell her about your relationships with them. Just say, for example, "Jay Gralla is my brother," and from then on when you want to use Siri text him, you don't have to use his name. Instead you can say, "text my brother." You can assign any relationship or title, you want, such as "boss" or even "Grand Poobah."
String together commands
Siri is a lot smarter than you give her credit for. She can understand entire strings of commands, not just a single one. So tell her, "Set a lunch meeting with my boss for next Tuesday at 1 pm at the Harvest Restaurant," and Siri will do just that, as long as you've already told her who your boss is.