Siri not recognising relationships

I upgraded to an iPhone 4S yesterday and have been playing with one of the new features, Siri, trying to get it to understand “Text my girlfriend”. I had associated Emma with my contact record but it wasn’t finding her contact record in the address book.

I store most contact records as Title, Firstname, Surname. E.g.:

Miss Jane Smith
Mr John Doe

If you ask Siri to make an association then in your contact record it will store the name of the relationsip (sister, brother, etc) and the full name including the title.

However when it tries to lookup that relationship it will fail.

The simple fix is to remove the title from the relationship on your contact record and it should all start working again.

3 thoughts on “Siri not recognising relationships”

  1. You can say to siri who in your contacts is your girlfriend and Siri will amend your contacts appropriately.

    i.e. say X is my girlfriend.

    Siri will say, do you want me to remember X as your girlfriend?

    Say yes and chocks away!

  2. What you say is true, however if your girlfriends name is stored with a title of “Miss” then it will not work and you have to go and amend it manually.

  3. Hi Dan

    I can confirm this works. I had exactly the same problem with a load of contacts I exported from Exchange in order to test iCloud syncing. Although I could ‘build’ relationships with these contacts, Siri could not then find the contacts with a prefix (Mr, Mrs, Miss etc) if I said, for example, ‘find my brother’

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