Siri no more? iOS 18 will let you rename your Apple assistant (sort of)

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Apple Intelligence is about to give Siri a whole host of new potential and a fresh new look, but it could even bring the Apple assistant a fresh new name - if you'd like it to.

As reported by MacRumors, the new Vocal Shortcuts accessibility feature, available in the iOS 18 beta, lets you wake Siri with whatever name you fancy.

Once your custom phrase is set, you can trigger Siri with something like "Hey Computer", "What's up, Siri", or anything you can possibly imagine. I'd usually advise you to "keep it clean" but since you can type to Siri now, that's less of a consideration for some, I'm sure.

Siri on iOS 17 on an iPhone 14 Pro

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How to change Siri's 'name'

If you're running the beta, you can try it for yourself. Just head into Settings, then Accessibility, then Vocal Shortcuts.

Pick 'Set Up Vocal Shortcuts', then 'Siri', and choose a name of your choosing before saying it a few times to confirm.

MacRumors confirms that you'll need to pause a little after summoning Siri via an alternative command, however. So, naming my Siri after my dear iMore colleague, "Siri, set a timer for 10 minutes" would become, for example, "Daryl" followed by a pause, then the request.

While it's clearly an accessibility feature first and foremost, it's worth remembering many Apple features have started out that way, including iPad cursor support - and then ended up being a pretty big deal, too.

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Lloyd Coombes

Lloyd Coombes is a freelance writer with a specialism in Apple tech. From his first, hand-me-down iMac, he’s been working with Apple products for over a decade, and while he loves his iPhone and Mac, the iPad will always have his heart for reasons he still can’t quite fathom. Since moving from blogging to writing professionally, Lloyd’s work can be found at TechRadar, Macworld, TechAdvisor and plenty more. He’s also the Editor in Chief at, and on the rare occasion he’s not writing you’ll find him spending time with his son, or working hard at the gym (while wearing an Apple Watch, naturally). You can find him on Twitter @lloydcoombes.

  • Just_Me_D
    I plan to leave it as-is. The name Siri is engrained in my brain and I use it way too much to start calling it something else.
  • Lee_Bo
    Being a huge Trek fan, oh yes.

    It’s going to be “Hey Computer”.
  • Wotchered
    Hal ? HAL??
  • Annie_M
    Siri for me!
  • EdwinG
    “Yo can” would probably what I will set it to for 5 days, then revert back to Siri.