Train Siri to work smarter for you

There are so many ways Siri can make your life easier. But if you don't know the proper commands, you might get a lot of unwanted sass. Here's a growing list of tips and tricks that Siri a better personal assistant.


Correct her mistakes

Siri doesn't always get it. Sometimes it's ambient noise, and other times, it's a mystery.

To correct her, swipe down to reveal your initial command, and use the "Tap to edit" option to make a correction. When you're done, Siri will come up with a new answer, and she'll better understand you in the future.



Stop speaking like a robot

though Siri isn't quite as human as the personal assistant from the movie "Her," she's capable of understanding very human speak. The next time you say a command, don't worry so much about it sounding perfect or being exact -- Siri will figure it out.


Don't sacrifice grammar for Siri

You'll sound a little silly, but using punctuation (and smileys) is as easy as saying the punctuation. For example, "Hey comma how are you question mark smiley face" will turn into "Hey, how are you? :-)"


It's OK, you can change your mind

Even though her assertiveness suggests otherwise, the commands you give Siri aren't set in stone.
If you need to change a completed command, follow up immediately by tapping the mic and saying, "Change it."



Reveal your history

Siri can be so helpful that it's easy to have a long conversation with the assistant. To recall an answer she gave you earlier in the conversation, just swipe down to scroll up.


Teach Siri correct pronunciations

For the lognest time, Siri called me "Sharon Prawwwwwfis." Annoying.
If Siri misprounces your name -- or anyone else's -- there's an easy way to correct that.
At any point just say, "That's not how you pronounce [name]" and Siri will take you through a process of correcting it.



Search for something on Google

If you'd rather use Google search for the answers you need, just say "Google search [your search term]."
This is especially useful if you want to see Google's search cards for things like sports, nutritional information, flights, and language translations.

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