How to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly in iOS 15

Siri has long had the ability to fine tune name pronunciations. Here’s a video showing the way this used to work.

With the release of iOS 15, looks like that old way is gone, making way for a new, dedicated phonetic-pronunciation field in the Contacts app.

Follow the headline link for the walkthrough but, in a nutshell:

  • Open a contact, tap “Edit”
  • Scroll down towards the bottom, tap “add field”
  • Tap a new field to add, type in a pronunciation

There are fields for “Phonetic first name” and “Pronunciation first name”. Not clear to me what the difference is, but I can tell you that when Jim Dalrymple texts me, Siri tells me it’s Beardy McBeardyFace, so I know it works. Very satisfying.