Tip: quickly fix mispronounced Siri queries with “Maybe You Said” suggestions

By , Jan 9, 2017

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You may be probably aware that there is already a feature in iOS that sort of lets you type in your questions to Siri instead of using voice commands. It’s quite handy for those situations when talking aloud isn’t an option or Siri fails to recognize repeatedly what you said. Starting with iOS 10, Siri includes a “Maybe You Said” feature.

Taking advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence, it suggests corrections for mispronunciations or incorrectly recognized queries. In this post, you’ll learn how to leverage this feature to avoid having to manually correct any mispronounced words.

How to use Siri suggestions for mispronounced queries

1) Press and hold the Home button to invoke Siri, then say aloud what you want. In my example, I wanted to ask Siri about the distance between the Earth and Mars, but mispronounced Mars’s name as “marble”.

2) At the top right corner of the interface, right below what you just said to Siri, you will see an option that reads Tap to Edit. Tap on it to enter Siri’s manual typing mode.

3) If Siri has experienced issues understanding your query due to poor grammar, odd sentence structure or mispronounced words, you will see a few suggestions for what you probably wanted to say. If you see a suggested query that conveys what you want to ask, simply tap it and Siri will run the query and show you the results.

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In my case, I tapped the second entry in the list that reflects what I inquired Siri about.

“The distance from the Earth to Mars is about 1.7 astronomical units,” Siri said and put up related unit conversions and graphs from the Wolfram Alpha search engine.

RELATED: Typing in your questions to Siri instead of using voice commands

If none of the suggestions quite match what you wanted to ask, tap on Tap to Edit and ask again in writing by using your iPhone’s virtual keyboard to edit your initial query or fix any misspellings.

Needless to say, you can also edit previous queries by way of typing or selecting between suggested queries: simply pull down on the Siri interface to see your previous questions.

Siri voice feedback setting

If you don’t want Siri to provide voice feedback to you, set Settings → General → Siri → Voice Feedback to either Control With Ring Switch or Hands-Free Only.

Choosing Control With Ring Switch lets you silence Siri by toggling your iPhone’s Mute switch. The Hands-Free Only option limits voice feedback to the Hey Siri voice command and when your iPhone is connected to a Bluetooth output device or CarPlay.

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  • David Pomerleau

    That’s helpful for certain names I try to use. Still waiting to be able to route input audio through iPhone mic when connected to car Bluetooth!

    • Emmanuel

      You should be able to change the microphone used by Siri. IIRC there’s a toggle in the bottom-left or right of the Siri dialog when a Bluetooth device with a mic is connected.

      • David Pomerleau

        This is indeed a solution but needs to be done every time I re-pair to the car’s Bluetooth. Hoping for a default switch in settings for input.

  • Not having a lot of luck yet with this feature