How to use Siri with typing instead of your voice on iPhone and iPad

How to edit text you have dictated to Siri on iPhone and iPad

Siri can answer hundreds of questions, respond to dozens of commands, and scour the web for information on a myriad of topics. Unfortunately Siri may not always understand you correctly or you may simply want to adjust your command or query. Luckily, you can easily edit the text Siri's responding to and have it give you an updated response.

How to edit Siri questions and commands on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Siri by pressing and holding the Home button on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Dictate a request.
  3. Scroll up to view the text you've spoken if it isn't on the screen already.
  4. Tap on the text you spoke in order to edit it.
  5. Change anything you'd like and then hit Done on the bottom right of the keyboard.

Siri will re-process your request and give you new answers or results. In some cases, certain names and places can be frustrating and it's much easier to correct one word than manually search for something in Safari or through your device. Just simply correct what Siri doesn't understand. Try it out and let us know how it works for you!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 14 comments. Add yours.

R1cki97 says:

I've actually see that a lot of time and change it, but i never knew that when you change it, siri will understand better next time, now i'll change a lot since there are names or staff that she doesn't understand, thanks a lot this really helps

rdstryr says:

Awesome, I had no idea that you could do this! Does anyone know if this will help Siri remember the correct spelling next time you make the request?

Leanna Lofte says:

OMG! I didn't know you could do this! lol. This is awesome. I just tried it on dictated text messages and it works for that. I feel like such a dork for not knowing this... thanks Ally!

kataran says:


here's hoping Siri gets hooked on phonics in iOS 7 :-)

emjayess says:

You mean we have to type the corrections, right?! That doesn't really help me--I almost always only use Siri when I'm driving, so that would defeat the purpose.

Turtlez_4 says:

Then say it clearly and she'll most likely understand you.

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Rob White says:

For the longest time I've preferred Google Now over Siri for this very reason. I never knew you could edit text & she would learn from it. Now I'll use it more on my iPhone 5 & it'll be one more reason to leave the Galaxy Nexus at home.

Here's hoping they do something about the awful robotic voice next.

vianar says:

I use Siri if I have to send a message from the car (not that I send messages from the car :) but really only when the car is stopped) and I find that it is a fast and generally accurate what to create a message. I was not aware that correcting the message helped overall accuracy so that's for the info.

pr1nce says:

That's a great tip Ally! But I use Siri a lot when driving. I'll keep it in mind for when I'm not behind the wheel.

asuperstarr says:

This is an awesome tip. You just don't know how this can be so frustrating. It becomes annoying when she types exactly what you say and still can't find the information.

Rowanova says:

Nice tip, Ally. Thanks!

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ritesh says:

Nice Tip. It would be faster to type in google to begin with, than to talk to Siri and editing misunderstood phrases.Anyways, waiting for Siri to understand the Indian (non) accent.

xaveth says:

I love this feature in Google Now. I'm glad they're bringing some of those features to the iPhone too.