8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 11, 2012 3:15 PM by ChrisJ4203
innerserenity Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Siri used to work very well for me in iOS 5 when I was adding items to a list. I could say "Add milk to my grocery list," then "Add cheese," and then "Add bread," and Siri would dutifully add all of these items to the "grocery" list in Reminders.

 

Ever since I upgraded (so to speak) to iOS 6, Siri instantly forgets which list I am working on. If I repeat the above example, it will add milk to my grocery list but then the cheese and bread will get added to the default "Reminders" list in Reminders. I now have to say, ""Add milk to my grocery list," then "Add cheese to my grocery list," and then "Add bread to my grocery list."

 

Is there any way to restore Siri's previous intelligent behavior of staying on the same list when I am adding multiple items?

 

And, is anyone at Apple monitoring these kinds of issues?


iPhone 4S, iOS 6
  • 1. Re: Siri forgets which list I'm adding items to
    Malignance Level 4 Level 4 (3,375 points)

    You understand that the Reminder app is to remind you to do things, individual tasks, not to compose a shopping list right? That's not the fault of Siri or the Reminders app. It's the fault of your understanding of the software.

  • 2. Re: Siri forgets which list I'm adding items to
    innerserenity Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Malignance, did you read the first sentence in my post? Siri used to do this very well under iOS 5. It was beautiful. As it says in the iPhone User's Guide on page 46:

     

    To keep a list without setting a specific time or location to be reminded:

    • Remember to buy milk
    • Add eggs to my groceries list

     

    If Siri asks when you want to be reminded, you can say “never.”

    If you have a list visible in Reminders, you can add to it just by saying “Add”:

    • Add eggs

     

    Anyway, I'm not interested in whose fault it is. I'm just looking for how to fix it so that it works as well as it did before iOS 6.

  • 3. Re: Siri forgets which list I'm adding items to
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,765 points)

    It doesn't matter whether you feel that was the intended purpose of reminders or not Malignance.  That's not the point of the complaint.

     

    innerserenity.  I'll have to try this when I get a few minutes.  I'm not usually the one adding things to the shopping list.  I share it with my wife, so I'm usually just checking things off.  I honestly never tried adding multiple things like that before. Wish I would have known.

  • 4. Re: Siri forgets which list I'm adding items to
    ChrisJ4203 Level 7 Level 7 (28,180 points)

    Go to Settings, Reminders, set the Default List there. I believe if you set this new list, it should work, but like KiltedTim, I would have to try it first to see.

     

    Another question as I test this question on my phone, do you have a reminder list called Grocery List? As I test what you said in the first post, it tells me I don't  have a Grocery List, and do I want to add it to reminders? I hesitate, it says it has added it, and it prompts me to confirm. Once I do that, to add something else, I press the  Siri button on the screen and ask it to add cheese and it creates another reminder in the Reminders list. I would say that if you have a list called Grocery List, make that the default list, then what you are describing should work.

     

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  • 5. Re: Siri forgets which list I'm adding items to
    innerserenity Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Using the Default List would set a new default, but I use a variety of lists. I don't always want groceries

     

    It's the contextual sensibility feature (i.e., staying on the same list, regardless of whether it's "groceries", "hardware", or "books" etc.) that I'm trying to restore.

  • 6. Re: Siri forgets which list I'm adding items to
    ChrisJ4203 Level 7 Level 7 (28,180 points)

    The way that I read the User Guide, it seems that if you have the particular list visible on the phone it would work that way. I'm not that aware of using a number of lists that it would continue to add to a specific list.

     

    I understand you saying that it worked that way before, but I've not used Reminders that extensively that I can comment on it. Maybe someone else that has managed multiple lists can come in and help. It make sense to do what you are talking about, but I'm not aware of how to change the behavior.

  • 7. Re: Siri forgets which list I'm adding items to
    innerserenity Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    ChrisJ4203, that was helpful. I tried it, and Siri does stay on the list so long as I have that list visible in Reminders.

     

    Seems to me that I never had to manually intervene before (it would work so long as I named the list with the first item), but there's no way to go back into the past and check.

     

    Selecting the list up front is not a problem. Looks like I'm up and running again. Thanks.

  • 8. Re: Siri forgets which list I'm adding items to
    ChrisJ4203 Level 7 Level 7 (28,180 points)

    You're welcome. When I tried what you described in the OP, I couldn't finish because I did not have a Grocery List. If I have time later,I'll try something else and report back.