In an era where virtual assistants have become nearly ubiquitous, Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, remains a standout. Siri’s capabilities have evolved far beyond answering questions and setting reminders. One of the more personal and endearing features is Siri’s ability to recognize and use nicknames for your contacts, adding a personalized touch to your interactions. But how does one teach Siri to use these nicknames? In this article, we will guide you through the process of teaching Siri to use nicknames on your iPhone. This can streamline your communication and make your interactions with Siri feel more natural and tailored to you. Whether you want Siri to call your partner “honey,” or refer to your best friend as “BFF,” you can easily instruct Siri to do so.

How to Teach Siri to Use Nicknames on iOS 16?

    1. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone.
    2. Select the contact you want to add a nickname for.
    3. Tap Edit in the top right corner of the screen.
    4. Scroll down and tap Add Field.
    5. Select Nickname from the list of options.
    6. Enter the nickname you want Siri to use.
    7. Tap Done to save your changes.
    8. Repeat this process for any other contacts you want to add a nickname for.
    9. From now on, Siri will be able to recognize and use it when you ask it to call or message that person. Simply say something like, “Hey Siri, call my mom (nickname)” and Siri will use the nickname you’ve entered to call her.


By following these simple steps, you can teach Siri to use nicknames on your iPhone, allowing for a more personalized and natural experience when communicating with your virtual assistant. Whether you want to refer to your significant other by a special pet name or your best friend by their initials, Siri can now accommodate your preferences. Give it a try and see how much easier and enjoyable it is to communicate with Siri using your own personalized nicknames.