Hi all! I need help figuring out why Siri is dropping words from dictation inputs.
I have a number of shortcuts that ask for me to dictate text. A very simplified proof of concept is in the screenshot. My shortcuts have been working well until fairly recently, but now the dictation steps have started dropping text. For example, if I say, “Do the dishes,” Siri thinks I said just, “Dishes.” If I say, “Figure out what’s going on with X,” it thinks I said, “Going on with X.” It’s like it drops any leading “commands” in my input.
I’ve tried resetting Siri, restarting my phone, etc., and I have no idea what’s going on with this shortcut. Any ideas? Is this just a bug?
iOS is clearly interesting my input as text if I run the shortcut directly (from the Shortcuts app, for example) but as a command if I start the shortcut with Siri. Below are screenshots of both scenarios.
I would assume that the Shortcuts dictation step is not a activating when you think it does. I don’t tend to use Siri to run shortcut as for me it so rarely recognises a shortcut by name that I want to run.
A couple of suggestions.
First, add an audio cue before the dictation step so you know when that step begins - I assume there isn’t any explicit cue for that step when triggering from Siri.
Second, is there any change in behaviour if you trigger the Shortcut by typing to Siri rather than voice activating?
I’m confident the dictation step is actually being invoked.
The example I posted is a very stripped-down proof of concept. The shortcuts I actually use day-to-day are more complex and have audio cues before the dictation steps. The problem is that the output from those dictation steps is consistently missing any leading command-like language.
It works perfectly if I replace the dictation step by an “ask for text” step and type instead of dictating. But the only reason the shortcuts in question exist is that I need to be able to dictate certain information while driving or otherwise hands-free.
My main use case is for creating tasks and reminders for myself while driving, so nearly all of the dictated text sounds like a command. I can handle it if “do the dishes” becomes “dishes,” but most reminders affected by this end up too vague to be useful later.
I’ve ruled out any other reasons. The dictation works just fine if my first word or phrase doesn’t sound like a command. If it does, the text gets deleted. You can see in this screenshot that Siri is actually transcribing the text correctly, but the text that’s passed to the next step of the shortcut is missing the first part of what I said.
Okay, so that one confirms it is Siri truncation and that no delay or prompts are going to resolve it in that the verbal trigger is not responsible.
The screenshot though is pretty damning as to the behaviour and to me is the clincher. I don’t see anyw ay around it as that is failing within a step rather than between or as a result of a previous step.