Voice assistants changed the way we interact with technology. Why set an alarm manually when Alexa can do it for you? Siri can type up your emails.
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That’s all well and good – until the third time in a row, your artificial intelligence assistant is confused and you’re frustrated.
If you’ve been having a hard time getting through to your voice assistant, here’s how to get Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant to understand you better:
1. Watch your tone
You’ve probably seen viral videos of people screaming at Alexa or Google Assistant when they don’t get through the first time. While it’s tempting to let out your frustration that way, yelling at any voice assistant makes it even less likely to understand you.
For optimal results, talk at a normal volume. Speak to Alexa, Google, or Siri like you’re talking to a friend.
2. Don’t block the mic
You ask Siri a question, and you don’t get an answer. Surprise, your thumb is blocking the mic. If your voice assistant can’t hear you, make sure you’re not the problem.
With Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, you need proper clearance. Amazon suggests at least eight inches of space around your Echo device. That isn’t always possible, but a little breathing room helps it pick up your words more accurately.
3. Act natural
Are you one of those people who talk to a voice assistant robotically? I get it. You think since you’re talking to a robot, you should sound like one, too. But today’s AI is designed to pick up on regular human speech.
Talk like a normal person, and your voice assistant will respond best. Instead of “Alexa, alarm 7!” say, “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 in the morning.”
4. Create profiles for various family members
You can train Amazon’s Alexa to recognize up to six different people. This tip can be handy if you have family members with foreign accents or children at varying levels of language development. It’s an easy process and you can let Alexa slowly adjust to various 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 also train Siri to recognize your voice. Take this extra step if you have an accent or speak quickly. You likely did this when you set up your phone, but try again if you and Siri aren’t getting along.
• 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…Read more>>