Easily Correct Siri Input Errors Without Getting Frustrated [iOS Tips]

Siri Correction

Have you ever had one of those Siri moments, where you ask her to search for something, and she interprets your speech incorrectly? I’m guessing all of us have, at one time or another.

One thing Siri doesn’t do very well is provide for “no I meant…” error correction, at least using speech. Next time you use Siri and the result is something you didn’t expect, don’t just press the home button in frustration, but correct Siri using your iPhone or iPad keyboard instead.

Let’s say you’re searching for the location of Costa Rica. YOu might say, “Where is Costa Rica?” and Siri my respond with, “I didn’t fine any places matching ‘coaster Rica’. We could hurl the iPhone or iPad down in disgust at this point, but it cost too much to do that, so let’s just do this:

Tap the bubble with the incorrectly parsed text. In this case, that’s the “Where is coaster Rica” at the top. The bubble will turn into an editable text field, and you can select coaster and replace it with Costa using the iPhone or iPad keyboard. When you’ve made the correction, hit Done on the iOS keyboard, and Siri will then reply with a much better answer. Though, in my case, Siri told me where San Jose, San Jose was. Ah, Siri. Try again.

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  • chrisbaker3

    San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica.

  • roblef

    San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica.

    Right, but it’s a subtle thing, asking where a country is vs where a city in that country is. Whole different scale. It’s close, but not what I was asking for.

  • VirtualVisitor

    Bullshite.

  • lwdesign1

    I just tried the same thing and corrected the “coaster” to “Costa” and got the same results of being directed to an intersection within San Jose, Costa Rica. I tapped on the resulting map, then pinched inwards to get a map of the country so I could see where it was located in the world. This is disturbing to me because I thought that Siri had some self-learning algorithms that would allow her to learn when she got new data. I tried the Costa Rica and got “coaster” every time.

    I still really like Siri because she does a lot of the stuff I need, such as dialing numbers, finding addresses and giving me directions, but I do wish she was a bit smarter that she is at present. I’m sure that Apple’s engineers are working hard on this, but I expected Siri to be a bit further along than she is at present.

    Thanks, Rob, for the great tip on being able to correct Siri’s misinterpretation.

  • marclequime

    If you’re pronouncing ‘Costa Rica’ as ‘Coaster Rica’ then that’s probably why. http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=Costa+Rica

  • chrisbaker3
    San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica.

    Right, but it’s a subtle thing, asking where a country is vs where a city in that country is. Whole different scale. It’s close, but not what I was asking for.

    True. It should probably show a map of the country like google now does instead of having to go into the map app and zoom out. Your article suggested that it got it completely wrong. Siri got you to the right country. Just the wrong view.

    Could have been worse, it could have pointed you to San Jose, CA.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Games and Tips Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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