Mac users can enable “Hey Siri” on their computer, allowing for simple voice activation of the virtual assistant. Much like Hey Siri for iPhone and iPad, or Apple Watch, when Hey Siri is enabled on the Mac you can interact with Siri entirely with voice commands and without needing to click or tap on anything to activate it. Just say “Hey Siri” followed by a command, and Siri on the Mac will activate and respond. This walkthrough will show you how to enable Hey Siri on a Mac for voice activation of the digital assistant.
Hey Siri for Mac requires a modern MacOS system software version. While older versions of MacOS may have Siri support, only the latest versions support “Hey Siri” voice activation. Thus if you don’t have the ability to enable Hey Siri on the Mac, it likely means the version of MacOS system software is older.
How to Enable “Hey Siri” on Mac
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
- Choose the “Siri” preference panel
- Check the box next to ‘Listen for “Hey Siri”‘
- Click ‘Continue’ to start the Hey Siri setup process
- Go through the verbal setup process by repeating commands shown on screen
- When finished with Hey Siri setup click on ‘Done’ and close the System Preferences panel
Now you’re ready to use “Hey Siri” on the Mac, it works just like it does on an iPhone or iPad.
Simply say “Hey Siri” in the proximity of the Mac, and Siri will start listening for your command. You can say something like “Hey Siri, what is the weather” or “Hey Siri, what time is it”, or use anything else from the large Siri commands list for Mac.
You’ll find most of the general Siri commands list for iPhone and iPad work too, though of course anything specific to iOS will not work on Siri for Mac. And yes, even the funny Siri commands work on the Mac with Hey Siri as well, just in case you feel like goofing off with your virtual voice assistant.
While some Mac users will likely not want to use Hey Siri voice activation, others may find it to be quite useful. Voice activation of Siri can be great for many reasons and situations, depending on how you use Siri and where and what the Mac is used for. For example a Touch Bar MacBook Pro user may have removed Siri from the Touch Bar to prevent accidentally activating it, but perhaps they’d want to have the voice activation feature. And of course “Hey Siri” is also an excellent accessibility feature, since it allows for voice engagement with the Mac beyond the other voice functions on the Mac.
Note that if you have “Hey Siri” enabled on the Mac, and also Hey Siri enabled on iPhone or iPad, and Hey Siri on Apple Watch, and they’re all in the same room together when you say ‘Hey Siri’ for voice activation, you will often trigger multiple Siri assistants at the same time. This can be kind of funny, but it could also be kind of annoying, thus you might want to adjust your settings accordingly.
Using Hey Siri is just one of a variety of ways to interact with the digital assistant on the Mac, you an also summon it by clicking on the Siri menu bar item, or with a keyboard shortcut, and another neat trick if you prefer the keyboard approach is to enable and use ‘Type to Siri’ for Mac instead, which turns Siri into a sort of text-based virtual assistant instead of a voice-based assistant. And of course if you don’t use Siri at all you can always disable it entirely, or just turn off voice activation Hey Siri while keeping the feature available aside from that.
If you know of any interesting tips, tricks, or uses of Hey Siri on the Mac, feel free to share them in the comments below.