Siri is an intelligent virtual assistant made by humans for humans. But at times, Siri might not be able to recognize your voice and would tend to ignore you. So, to fix this issue, can Siri be trained to your voice so that it detects your voice more often?
Yes! You can train Siri to your voice by enabling the “Hey Siri” feature so that it detects your voice more accurately. To do so, set up “Hey Siri” and say things aloud when prompted so that Siri can learn your voice.
In this article, I’m going to share how you can train Siri to your voice. Let’s go!
Training Siri to your voice
To train Siri to your voice:
- Go to Settings on your iOS.
- Then, select General.
- Enable both Siri and “Hey Siri” using the toggle switches. This will engage the Siri setup on your device, asking you five questions for your smart assistant to learn.
This is where it gets interesting. Try answering these questions standing several feet away. However, make sure that you are not standing too far away, preventing Siri from hearing you properly. This will help Siri recognize your voice from a distance as well.
We have found out that Siri can recognize people across the room too. So, if you are seated in the opposite room and tend to speak loudly, Siri will hear you out.
Once you are done training Siri, you can test it by asking, “Hey Siri do you recognize my voice?” if it does, Siri will bring up your contact card while responding to your name.
Training Siri on iOS 15.2
Users trying to train Siri on iOS 15.2 have encountered several problems in the past. If you are one of them, you should follow the right steps to make Siri recognize your voice.
- Open the Settings.
- Select General.
- Toggle off “Hey Siri”.
- Leave the settings and wait for a minute.
- Toggle on “Hey Siri”.
- This will bring up the prompt to reteach Siri.
During the process:
- Make sure Siri is enabled in iCloud on all the devices with the people you wish to train.
- Enable the location services in iCloud and register it to your iOS device.
- Once you have done that, visit the home settings.
- Tap your name and check Recognize my voice. If it is already checked, you should visit the personal requests, uncheck all, go back to Recognize my Voice, and uncheck it.
- Then, leave the home app.
- Restart the iPhone or iOS device.
- Launch Siri and visit the home app.
- Check Recognize my Voice while setting personal requests on any devices you want.
Train Siri to pronounce names
You might have come across Siri mispronouncing names. Back in the day, you could teach Siri to pronounce a name correctly by simply saying it, but with iOS 15, that option has been removed. However, it is still available on iPadOS 15.
There are two ways around this situation.
First is that when Siri pronounces a name, you should say, “Hey Siri, learn how to pronounce (name of the person)”. Once Siri confirms that it has the right person, it will then ask you to pronounce the person’s name. Then, Siri will give you several pronunciation options, and you will select the one that sounds the best.
On the other hand, if the verbal correction feature is not available on your device anymore, you will have to use your phone to correct the pronunciation.
- Visit your contacts, select the person‘s name, and tap Edit.
- Scroll down and tap the Add Field link.
- Next, select the phonetic/pronunciation options to help Siri pronounce the person’s name in a better way.
- Decide how you want the name to sound when Siri speaks out and tap Done.
Final thoughts on whether Siri can be trained to your voice
Training Siri to your voice is easy for those who have been using it for a long time now. However, those who are new to it can follow the tips mentioned above. It might take a few tries, but you will eventually get it done. And make sure that your device or devices, along with the app, are updated!