In addition to common requests like checking the weather, setting reminders, or monitoring stock prices, Siri on macOS allows you to trigger system commands, such as increasing volume, opening applications, dictating, and using Siri Knowledge.
In this article, we show you the following:
- How to enable Siri on a Mac.
- How to talk to Siri on a Mac
- How to use Type to Siri on a Mac.
How to enable Siri on a Mac
If you decided not to enable Siri when setting up your Mac, you’ll need to visit System Settings to switch it on before you do anything else.
Click on Siri & Spotlight in System Settings to view the Siri configuration pane. The screenshot below may differ depending on your version of macOS.
Firstly, ensure Ask Siri is toggled on, a this unlocks additional options.
Turn on Listen for “Hey Siri” if you want Siri to wake up when you use the “Hey Siri” voice command. You’ll be asked to speak a few common phrases to help Siri recognize your voice.
Choose the keyboard shortcut you’d like to use to wake Siri up instead of saying “Hey Siri”. You can select from several predefined options or pick Customize to create your own.
Language and Siri voice
Pick from the dropdown list to choose your preferred language, and click on Select to pick the voice (sex and accent) Siri will use.
Choose whether you want to hear voice feedback when interacting with Siri. If you’re using Siri in public places without headphones, it’s advisable to turn this option off.
How to talk to Siri on a Mac
There are three ways to talk to Siri on your Mac:
- Say “Hey Siri” – for this to work Listen for “Hey Siri” must be enabled in system settings as described above.
- Click on the Siri icon in the menu bar or Dock.
- Use a keyboard shortcut.
Say “Hey Siri”
On a Mac (2018 or later), say “Hey Siri”, then speak your request the same way as you would on other Apple devices.
Hey Siri, what’s the weather going to be like today?
Click on the Siri icon in the menu bar or Dock
Trigger Siri by clicking on the icon at the top right of the menu bar, next to the date and time, or in the Dock.
Use a keyboard shortcut
Use the shortcut you selected earlier to activate Siri, then say what you need.
Once Siri is activated, speak naturally and make your request.
Hey Siri, remind me to buy milk later.
Hey Siri, what’s on my calendar today?
Hey Siri, turn the volume up.
We’ve written a handy guide showing you the kind of things you can ask Siri.
How to enable ‘Type to Siri’ on your Mac
In recent macOS updates, Apple introduced several enhancements to Siri for desktops and laptops. One of these is Type to Siri, which allows you to trigger the virtual assistant by using your keyboard shortcut and typing in a query.
The feature needs to be enabled in macOS before use:
- Open System Settings
- Navigate to Accessibility > Siri.
- Check Enable Type to Siri.
If you haven’t already set up your keyboard shortcut, click the Siri Settings button and follow the instructions described earlier in this article.
When Type to Siri is enabled, activating Siri will trigger a text input window instead of prompting for spoken commands.
How to use Type to Siri on a Mac
- Trigger Siri by using the keyboard shortcut, or clicking on the Siri icon.
- Type your query into the pop-up window, and Siri will process your request.
Disable Voice feedback
It’s worth noting that even though you are using your keyboard to communicate with Siri, results may be spoken back to you and displayed on the screen, depending on your settings.
So it’s prudent to turn your device volume down or disable voice feedback altogether in public places when you don’t want your results to be overheard.