- #1. Use Siri with a Wi-Fi Connection Whenever Possible
- #2. Wait for Siri's Ready Prompt Before Speaking
- #3. You Can Use A Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Siri
- #4. Remember that Siri Works with a Wide Range of Apps
- #5. Siri Also Does Math
- #6. Use Siri to Dictate Text, but Speak Your Punctuation
- #7. Fill in the Related People and Birthday Fields Within Your Contacts App
- #8. Avoid Using Siri in Areas with a lot of Background Noise
- #9. Get Into the Habit of Providing Siri with the Needed Information
- #10. Still Not Sure What Siri Can Do? Just Ask Siri!
#7. Fill in the Related People and Birthday Fields Within Your Contacts App
One source that Siri uses to gather information in order to respond to your questions and commands is the Contacts app. So, the more detailed information you include within this app, the more helpful Siri can be.
As you're creating a Contacts entry for someone, fill in as many fields as possible, and be sure to label them appropriately. For example, as you enter someone's address, make sure you add the appropriate Home or Word label to it. This is also true for phone numbers and email addresses.
Later, when you say, "Call John Doe at Home" or ask, "What is John Doe's work address?" Siri will be able to access this information from your Contacts database.
Likewise, if you fill in the Related People field of your own Contacts entry, you can later refer to people by a label, such as "mom", "dad", "brother", "sister", "grandmother", or "grandfather"; and Siri will know exactly whom you're taking about.
Likewise, by including someone's birthday within their Contacts entry, you can ask Siri, "When is John Doe's birthday?" and get an accurate response. If you include the names of someone's spouse, secretary, or kids within their Contacts entry, you could later ask Siri, "What is the name of John Doe's wife?", for example.