In this post, I outline how to use Siri with the Contacts App. With these various contact commands listed below, Siri is able to tell you information like a contact’s email address or birthday, as well as learn the relationships of your contacts and correct pronunciation of their name.
See the most common questions answered in the FAQ section, or view the complete list of Siri contacts commands under Keeping Up With Siri in the table of contents below.
Can Siri add contacts?
No. Siri can use the information in the Contacts App, but Siri can’t create new contacts for you.
Can Siri delete contacts?
No. Siri can’t modify contact information. To do that, you need to open the Contacts App.
Can Siri call contacts?
Yes. Check out the more extensive list of phone commands.
How to edit Siri contacts?
Siri can edit some contact information but not all. For example, Siri is able to add relationship information. Check out the commands below.
Keeping Up With Siri
Getting the most out of your iPhone requires understanding the available Siri commands you have at your disposal. But discovering what all Siri supports is often challenging. That’s where Keeping Up With Siri comes in. In this series, I outline Apple’s Siri Guide of over 300 commands and capabilities Siri can do, so you don’t have to keep guessing. This post focuses on using Siri to get contact information from the Contacts App.
Asking about Contacts Commands
With the below commands, Siri can read information about your contacts back to you. Forget your contact’s address? Ask Siri. But one thing to keep in mind is that you first need to add this information into the Contacts App yourself. Sadly, Siri won’t magically know this information off the bat. So if you don’t have information like phone numbers, addresses, and birthdays displayed in the Contacts App, Siri won’t be able to fetch it for you when asked.
“Hey Siri, what’s Emily’s address?”
“Hey Siri, what is Susan Conway’s phone number?”
“Hey Siri, when is my wife’s birthday?”
“Hey Siri, show Lindsey’s home email address”
“Hey Siri, what’s my brother’s work address?”
Finding Contacts Commands
The example commands listed below show how Siri is able to readily search the Contacts App for you. Even if you only have partial information filled out within each contact card, these commands help you find the contacts.
“Hey Siri, show Brian Park”
“Hey Siri, find people named Conway”
One example not mentioned is worth singling out. When I first say, “hey Siri, my wife is Jessica,” Siri then knows which contact is my wife and can perform the follow-up command “hey Siri, call my wife.”
“Hey Siri, my mom is Susan Conway”
“Hey Siri, Jimmy Manning is my brother”
“Hey Siri, call my brother at work”
“Hey Siri, FaceTime my brother at work”
Do you have a name that’s often mispronounced? You’re not alone. Fortunately, if you don’t like how Siri pronounces your (or a contact’s) name, you’re not stuck and can actually correct her so she gets it right the next time. To see this in action, try out the first command listed below.
“Hey Siri, learn how to pronounce my name”
“Hey Siri, learn how to pronounce my mom’s name”
“Hey Siri, learn how to pronounce Siobhan Conway’s name”
If you’re interested in learning more of what Siri can do on your iPhone, follow along to the series Keeping Up With Siri Commands.