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Apple has made plenty of welcome additions to Siri and CarPlay interactions with recent iOS updates, and the two now work together more seamlessly for giving directions, operating apps, and more. However, Siri recommendations aren’t always accurate, and this can create problems when your address changes.
If you’ve recently moved to a new home, you may find that Siri on CarPlay keeps suggesting your old home address during navigation.
This can get annoying quickly, and it can be tricky to determine what you need to do to get Siri to change her mind.
Here’s how to update your address so that CarPlay will actually recognize it.
Update Your Contact Card First
- When you unlock your iPhone and open up your Contacts app, you should see your contact info, called My Card at the top.
- Select it, then select the Edit option in the corner to change your personal info.
- Update your home address to your new location.
Theoretically, this should be all you need for Siri to start using your new address during navigation. Unfortunately, somewhere in the interplay between contact addresses, saved information, Siri, and CarPlay, this doesn’t happen – Siri tends to keep suggesting your old address even after the update. So you’ll need to take a couple more steps.
Remove the Old Address from Significant Locations
Did you know that your iPhone tracks what it calls “Significant Locations?” This basically tracks where your iPhone goes most often, and the info is used for Apple Maps and other core apps on your phone.
If Siri keeps recommending your old home address, it’s probably picking that up from your Significant Locations, where your old address is still found.
- Head to Settings.
- Choose Privacy.
- Tap Location Services.
- Tap System Services.
- Select Significant Locations (yeah, it’s a little buried).
- Here you will be able to see your Significant Locations history. Find your old home address that you no longer need, and tap it.
- Press Edit in the top right corner to mass-delete old addresses and frequent spots.
This will help give Siri the small reboot necessary to start recognizing that you live somewhere else now.
Oh, and if this raises privacy red flags for you, Apple has an answer for that. Significant Locations are used directly by your iPhone, but that data is automatically encrypted and Apple couldn’t see it even if it wanted to.
Continue to Edit Significant Locations as Necessary
Removing your old address may be enough, but not always. Since Significant Locations are generated more or less automatically, then Siri may have also pegged a few very close addresses to your old home, and may keep suggesting those as well.
You have a few options if the problem persists. First, you can try deleting all Significant Locations near your home address. This can work if you prefer to keep your other SLs for use in other apps or additional navigation options.
Second, you can choose to clear your SL history entirely and build it back up again based on your current habits, which can be handy if you moved to a new city or simply have a significantly different lifestyle now.
Third, you can disable Significant Locations entirely so this information is neither kept nor used. All these options will work, so pick the one that’s best suited for you.