Siri

Why does Siri sometimes not make phone calls?

Episode 1424

Ron from Chatsworth, CA
Siri & Search in iPhone Settings

Ron has an iPhone 7 and when he asks Siri to call someone, sometimes she gets it right, sometimes she doesn't because he has to unlock his phone first. Rich says that there are a couple of settings in the Siri tab that has to do with authorization and contacts. It has to do with privacy and security. He can enable "Allow Siri while locked" if the phone is locked. He can also go through the process of setting up his "Hey Siri" voice by disabling, and re-enabling Siri in Settings.

Apple May Announce Siri Home Device at WWDC

Episode 1392

Apple HomePod

There's plenty of credible evidence that Apple is going to get into the home connectivity game with an announcement of a Siri home speaker at WWDC. But Leo says that Siri is the dumbest of all the digital assistants, since Apple has systematically dumbed the service down since they acquired it. So he's not sure how beneficial it would be to have a Siri device over Amazon's Echo or Google's Home. Apple may have the edge with superior hardware, though.

How can I stop Siri from repeating itself when setting an alarm?

Episode 1355

George from Newport, CA
iPhone alarm

George has an issue with Siri repeating itself seven or eight times when he uses Siri to set alarms. Leo says he may want to try rebooting the iPhone. It should be rebooted every once in awhile to clear things out. He could also do a hard reset by pressing and holding the on/off button and the home button until the Apple logo appears. The worst case scenario is that he'll need to backup his iPhone and then do a DFU recovery (device firmware update).

Can I train Siri to work more accurately?

Episode 1354

Ellie from Honolulu, HI
Siri

Ellie is frustrated by Siri's use of punctuation, as it's very inconsistent. How can she teach it to do better? Leo says that Siri is mystifying when it makes that judgement, and there's really no way to fix it. It's not perfect, but it should get better the more it's used. Even if it's 95% accurate, that 5% can still be annoying. Siri is trainable, but whether it actually improves speech recognition is debatable.

Can I get my TV to read menus for me?

Episode 1327

Kenny from Springfield, MO
Samsung J5500

Kenny is vision impaired and is looking for a way to have his TV read the channels and menus aloud. Scott says that he's never heard of that and neither has David. The chatroom says the Samsung J5500 can, though. Scott doesn't know if there is much choice out there for that, which is a shame because accessibility is important. If it's in the J series, it's probably in the K Series as well.

Why doesn't Siri work in Messages?

Episode 1320

Steve from Canoga Park, CA
Apple Messages

Steve updated his iPhone to iOS 9.3.5. Leo says it's important because it fixes the exploit that enables countries to spy on iPhone users. But now Siri isn't working for Steve. He gets an error that he can't understand: "Please Try Again." Leo says a dirty microphone can easily do that. If it's also an issue via Bluetooth, then it points to something else. It could be a bad update. He can still dictate messages, though. Leo says that's a Messages issue then. The only thing he can do is backup his phone and do a factory reset.

How can I do remote access via voice dictation?

Episode 1233

Richard from Youngstown, OH
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Richard is visually impaired and bought the iPhone 6s Plus. Richard's friend is hearing impaired and he wants to know if she could use her iPad as a kind of stop gap hearing aid or screen reader? Leo says that using dictation mode with Siri would do it. Google has a good voice dictation mode as well. But if he's talking about remote access via voice, that would be a challenge. But maybe Richard should learn to write apps and create it!