Check On Your Friends The Right Way With Siri [iOS Tips]

Check On Your Friends The Right Way With Siri [iOS Tips]

Some things are private, but you get the idea, right?

Want to know where your friend, Scott, is? How about where your girlfriend is? What’s your grandmother’s address again? Siri can answer these questions (and a bunch more), but you’ll need to set things up a bit on your iPhone, first. Here’s how

When I asked Siri, “Where’s my brother?” Siri said she didn’t know who my brother was. Furthermore, she said she didn’t know who *I* was. So sad! Luckily, she also told me how to fix that fact.

Head on into the Siri Settings, in the Settings app. Launch Settings with a tap, then tap on General. Tap into Siri settings, and then tap on My Info. Your contacts will appear. Tap your own contact entry to set you as yourself. That’s an odd sentence to type.

You’ll also need to head into your Contacts app and set the people you have relationships with. Tap to launch the Contacts app, then tap into your own contact entry again. Scroll down to near the bottom of the contact page, right below the addresses. You’ll see a section where you can set related people. Tap on the label, mine says “mother,” but yours may not, and choose the label of the person you’re going to set up. For example, I tapped the label, “brother.” Then, tap the right-facing arrow and choose the contact you’re setting up. I tapped my actual brother’s name.

Now, hit the Home button on your iPhone and head into the Find My Friends App. Add Friends to the list, and then you’ll be able to ask things like, “Where’s my brother?” or “Is my wife at home?” or “Where are all my friends?”

You’ll need to have each of these labels defined in your Contacts app, of course, and you’ll have to be logged into Find My Friends, and your contacts will need to have their addresses defined as well. Once you do all that legwork, however, you will be able to ask Siri where everyone is, and get a real answer.

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  • Timothy Williamson

    I sync my contacts with Gmail contacts…is there any way to get past the limitation in the number of relationships that can be synced with Google? I’m not really wanting to sync my Contacts with iCloud just to have the ability to sync additional relationship fields.

  • doasis1976

    Or you can just say Greg is my brother and Carol is my mother

  • Timothy Williamson

    I sync my contacts with Gmail contacts…is there any way to get past the limitation in the number of relationships that can be synced with Google? I’m not really wanting to sync my Contacts with iCloud just to have the ability to sync additional relationship fields.

    Looks like Google added CardDAV capability today, and that seems to sync all contact fields correctly (except for the large photos that the iPhone allows).

    http://gmailblog.blogspot.ca/2012/09/a-new-way-to-sync-google-contacts.html

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