How to get Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa and to understand commands better.
The way we engage with technology has changed thanks to voice assistants. Why bother manually setting an alarm when Alexa can do it for you? Siri can type your emails for you.
That’s OK until your artificial intelligence helper gets puzzled for the third time in a row, and you’re annoyed.
Here’s how to make Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant to understand you better if you’ve been having trouble communicating with them:
1. Watch your tone
You’ve definitely seen viral videos of individuals yelling at Alexa or Google Assistant after failing to get through the first time. While it may be tempting to vent your frustrations in this manner, shouting at any voice assistant will make it much less likely to comprehend you.
Talk at a regular volume for best outcomes. Speak to Alexa, Google, or Siri as if they were friends.
2. Don’t block the mic
You ask Siri a question, but she doesn’t respond. Surprisingly, your thumb is obstructing the microphone. Make sure you’re not the cause of your voice assistant’s inability to hear you.
You’ll need permission to use Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Amazon recommends giving your Echo device at least eight inches of space around it.
That isn’t always possible, but a little breathing room helps it pick up your words more accurately.
3. Act naturally
Are you one of those persons that speaks robotically to a voice assistant? I understand. You reason that since you’re conversing with a robot, you should also sound like one. However, today’s AI is programmed to recognize normal human speech.
Your voice assistant will respond best if you speak normally. Instead of saying, “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.” say, “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.”
4. Create profiles for various family members
Amazon’s Alexa can be programmed to identify up to six distinct persons. If you have family members that speak with a foreign accent or youngsters who are at different stages of language development, this advice will come in helpful. It’s a simple procedure, and you can gradually train Alexa to recognize different voices.
Here’s how to set up Alexa profiles:
• Open the Alexa app.
• Tap More > Settings.
• Select Your Profile.
• Next to Voice, select Create.
• Select Continue.
You can teach Siri to recognize your voice as well. If you have an accent or talk fast, do this extra step. You probably did this when you first set up your phone, but if you and Siri aren’t getting along, try again.
Open Settings on your iPhone.
• Click on Siri & Search.
• Toggle the switch next to Listen for “Hey Siri” off and back on.
• Complete the on-screen setup process to train Siri to recognize your voice.
You may also train Siri how to pronounce the names of individuals in your life so that she can make the appropriate phone call. If Siri pronounces a name incorrectly, tell her, “You pronounced it incorrectly.”
Voice Match is a similar function in Google Assistant. You can train Google Assistant to better properly understand your instructions.
Open the Google Home app.
• Tap your profile picture or initials.
• Head to Assistant settings > Voice Match.
• Click Add Devices.
• Follow the on-screen directions.
5. Make your smart assistant smarter
Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri will frequently inquire about anything you’ve said. This might be inconvenient, but replying will help the AI learn more about you.
It teaches your smart assistant how to do better in the future when you answer to explain what you were asking about in the first place. Every clarification you make, your AI technology remembers and adapts to, making it less likely for you to have to repeat yourself next time.