Siri, the new personal assistant app for the iPhone 4S is pretty amazing, but lately, I found that she is slacking.
After teaching Siri a number of locations and using location based reminders, Siri forgot where I lived.
The address was there in my contact card, but Siri kept telling me, I don’t know where your home is.”
Puzzled I tried adding linking to another contact card, which resulted in two home addresses. Don’t do this. It results in a round robin of Siri asking you which address you want, “Home or Home” that never ends.
Read: What is Siri?
It turns out that most of my problems come back to the fact that Google Maps, which powers the location data for location-based reminders, just recently learned where I live. When I view my location on the iPhone, it believes I live at an address that does not exist in real life. A bother, but one I can at least work around.
Instead of making this my home address, I added it as a work address, so that I don’t accidentally share this address with someone and miss out on a delivery. I work from home, so this works out pretty well. If you need to use Work for your job, pick one of the other address labels.
To perform these steps, you will need to be at the location you want Siri and your contacts to remember. Make sure you add this to your iCloud contact card.
How To Help Siri Remember Where Home Is
1. Open up Maps
2. Tap on the Arrow icon in the lower left.
3. Tap on the glowing orb it adds to the map.
4. When it shows you your Current Location, tap on the arrow to the right.
- In my case it shows a street address that doesn’t exist, but testing shows Siri will use this as a reminder location for me pretty reliably.
5. On the Info page, tap on Add to Contacts, in the lower left.
6. Choose Existing Contact.
7. Pick your iCloud Contact card.
8. Assign a proper location tag to it. You can use Home if you make sure that you don’t share it with someone accidentally.
From now on, you should be able to use Siri to create location-based reminders in the Reminders app without any trouble. You’ll need to do the same thing for other locations that fail to show up correctly on your iPhone Maps app.