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Tell Siri who's who: "Jason Snell is my boss" iOS devices
You know all the different tasks Siri can help you accomplish with your recent iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. But perhaps you didn't realize you can teach Siri to help you save even more time when use the assistant for certain tasks.

I frequently use Siri to place calls to, or send iMessages to, my wife. She's one of two Lauren's in my address book; specifying to my iPhone each time that I'd like it to "Call Lauren Friedman's iPhone" would quickly grow tiresome.

Instead, I taught Siri who Lauren is: I triggered Siri, and then said, "Lauren Friedman is my wife." Siri then asked me if if I wanted it to remember that fact; I unsurprisingly responded in the affirmative.

Because I've done that, I can now tell Siri "Call my wife" or "iMessage my wife that I'm on my way home."

And you can use a lot more than spousal relationships. Siri knows that Jason Snell is my boss, Dan Miller is my editor, and Dan Moren is my mentor. You can use pretty much any noun, in fact. Siri can identify my in-laws, my parents, my siblings, and even my landscaper by those nicknames. Just hold down the Home button, announce that "[Person in my contacts] is my [noun of your choosing]," and Siri gets the picture.

Fun bonus fact: Siri treats husbands and wives as interchangeable: If you set your wife with Siri, and then ask Siri to call your husband, you'll reach the same person either way.
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Tell Siri who's who: "Jason Snell is my boss"
Authored by: StrawHousePig on Aug 15, '13 06:45:51AM

What am I? Chopped liver?



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Tell Siri who's who: "Jason Snell is my boss"
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 15, '13 07:42:42AM

As far as I can tell, for husband/wife, it just adds a spouse entry to the address book.

Amusingly, I once had duplicate entries for my wife in the address book and when I'd ask Siri to "call my wife", he would ask: "which wife?".

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Tell Siri who's who: "Jason Snell is my boss"
Authored by: robleach on Aug 15, '13 01:02:36PM

You don't even have to say "iMessage my wife that I'm on my way home." That to me is tiresome, so I just say "Tell my wife I'm on my way home" or "Ask my wife should I pick up dinner?"

But does anyone know a way to message groups? Like, "Ask my parents what time are you coming over?" I know I can say "Ask Bob Smith and John Doe wanna grab a beer?" but as soon as I get to more than 2 people, Siri sends a message to the first person starting with the names of the others.



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Tell Siri who's who: "Jason Snell is my boss"
Authored by: montylee on Aug 15, '13 06:33:58PM

I find that it doesn't work if the individual is not the primary contact but the company is. If you have the company as primary, even with the individual as the name under the company, Siri can't seem to find the contact to establish the relationship.



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Tell Siri who's who: "Jason Snell is my boss"
Authored by: robleach on Aug 16, '13 10:53:50AM

Yeah, I've noticed that too, and it affects not only asking Siri to text/call them, but also when telling Siri when to remind you about something, like "Remind me to pick up the rental when I arrive at 'ABC Hardware'" or whatever. 'ABC Hardware' is a business in my contacts. Siri will even say, "I can't find 'ABC Hardware listed in your contacts"! WTF?! It's right there! I guess perhaps if I don't list it in my contacts as a business, then it would work...?



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Tell Siri who's who: "Jason Snell is my boss"
Authored by: interlard on Aug 17, '13 08:46:15AM

You have a landscaper?



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