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

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

If you've ever used Siri, you've most likely been given the response that your request couldn't be completed and you could perform a web search instead. In some cases, Siri doesn't understand names or words correctly which causes confusion which results in an error or incorrect results.

There's actually a way to edit your request directly within Siri without having to try and dictate it all over again.

Here's how:

  1. Launch Siri by holding down the Home button on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. If and when you dictate something that Siri doesn't understand, scroll back up and find the text you dictated.
  3. Tap on the chat bubble and you'll notice that you can now edit what Siri heard.
  4. Make your corrections accordingly.
  5. Tap the blue Done button and Siri will rethink what you have corrected and output what will hopefully be a correct or more accurate result.

That's all there is to it. 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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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.

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.