How to Add a Relationship on the iPhone

You can assign a lot of information to a contact on your iPhone 5, which can be helpful for remembering addresses and birthdays. But you can also define relationship statuses between yourself and your contacts, which can give you some new ways to use Siri.

Our article below will walk you through the steps of creating a relationship between you and a contact that is on your device. You can even use these steps to create relationships between other contacts to provide yourself with even more helpful ways to remember important relationships.


Assigning Relationship Status to an iPhone Contact

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. These steps may vary for earlier versions of iOS.

This tutorial will assume that the person for whom you wish to define a relationship is already in your contacts list. Additionally, you will need to have yourself identified on the device. You can do this by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > My Info and selecting yourself from the contact list. If you are not in your contact list, then you will need to add yourself as a contact. This article will show you how to add a contact.


Step 1: Tap the Phone icon.

open the phone app



Step 2: Select the Contacts option at the bottom of the screen.

select the contacts option



Step 3: Scroll down and select your name from the list of contacts. There should be a grayed out “me” next to it if you have identified yourself on your iPhone using the method outlined above.

select yourself



Step 4: Tap the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.

tap the edit button



Step 5: Scroll down and select the add related name option.

select the add related name option



Step 6: Select the mother option.

select the mother option



Step 7: Select the type of relationship that you want to define.

select the type of relationship to set



Step 8: Tap the blue i button to the right of Related Names.

touch the blue i button



Step 9: Select the contact that you want to assign as that relationship type.

select the contact to assign to that relationship



Step 10: Tap the blue Done button at the top-right corner of the screen.

touch the done button



You will then be able to use Siri to send text messages or make phone calls to that relationship by saying “call my brother” or “text my brother,” but replacing “brother” with whichever relationship type you just defined. If this is not working for you, then you may not have identified yourself to Siri yet. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Siri > My Info and selecting yourself from the list of contacts.

Would you prefer that the Siri voice was a different gender? This article will show you how to change it. newsletter
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