Talk to Siri on Mac just like you would on an iPhone
On your iPhone, it’s simple to ask Siri to perform a command. But, what if you don’t have your iPhone nearby while you are working on your computer? You can also use Siri on your Mac. It’s quick and easy, making it the perfect companion for your iMac or MacBook.
The instructions in this article apply to any Mac running macOS Sierra or later.
When you buy a new Mac for the first time, you will be asked to activate Siri during installation. However, if you skip this step, you will need to activate Siri before you can use it.
- On your Mac, click the icon Apple at the top left of your screen.
- In the menu, choose System Preferences.
- In System Preferences, click Siri to open the Siri Preferences window.
- Under the Siri icon in the window, click Activate the “Ask Siri” function. Check if the box Show Siri in bar menu is selected before closing the window. This will make it easier to find Siri in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
- Once you are done, you can close the preferences window.
Now that you have Siri enabled on your Mac, you should be able to see the Siri icon at the top right of your screen. From there, you will be able to use Siri for many different commands.
- To open Siri, you can simply click on the icon Siri at the top of your screen, in your dock, or on your touch bar. You can also press the Command key + spacebar and hold it down until Siri answers.
The latest versions of Mac allow you to simply say “Hey Siri” to open Siri on your computer. This feature is only available on MacBook Pro (15 inch, 2018), MacBook Pro (13 inch, 2018, four Thunderbolt 3 ports), MacBook Air (Retina, 13 inch, 2018) and iMac Pro.
When Siri opens, you’ll see the Siri window appear at the top right of your screen. Just say your command and wait for Siri to respond.
What can I ask Siri to do?
Siri on Mac has hundreds of commands you can use to make browsing your Mac easier and faster. Here are some commands you can try right now:
- What is the weather: By asking Siri for the current weather, you will get the current forecast in your Siri window.
- Open Safari : This command opens Safari for use. You can also ask Siri to open other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.
- Find all my recent documents : This command allows Siri to produce a list of all recent documents created on your Mac.
- Open Spotify : Want to listen to music on your favorite music app? Ask Siri to open it. If you have music on your device, you can also ask Siri to play something more specific.
- Find tweets by X : You can ask Siri to find someone’s tweets.
- FaceTime X : you want to face someone? This command allows Siri to compose a FaceTime conversation with someone from your contact list.
- Find books written by X : Need a good read? This command allows Siri to open iBooks with your author’s books.
- Add an appointment : Ask Siri to create an appointment for your date and time. Siri will add the appointment to your calendar and delete it even if you want to.
Want to know what else Siri can do? Just open Siri and ask ” What can you do For a list of other examples.
Siri hacks your Mac, you should know that
Beyond simple Siri commands, there are hackers you can use to make Siri really work for you. Let’s start by enabling the “Type to Siri” command, which allows you to type a response to Siri without speaking.
Type in Siri
- Select the icon Apple in the upper left corner of the screen, then click System Preferences.
- Click on ” Accessibility “.
- Scroll down and click Siri.
- Here, click on ” Enable Type to Siri ” to activate it. Now you will be able to type your commands into Siri instead of saying them out loud.
Save Siri Results
Another great hack is the ability to save Siri results in the Notification Center so that you can easily find them next time. In addition, the information is always up to date.
- Open Siri using your keyboard shortcut, the touch bar, click the icon in your dock, or click the icon Siri at the top of your screen.
- Say or enter your Siri command. Once Siri responds, you’ll see a plus sign next to the result.
- Click on the More (+) to add the results to the Notification Center for safekeeping.
Siri is fully customizable to suit your preferences. To start customizing, follow these few steps.
- Click on the icon Apple at the top left of your screen.
- Choose the system preferences.
- Then click on Siri in the list of options.
- On the Siri screen, you can customize the keyboard shortcut, language, and voice for Siri. You can also turn Siri’s voice feedback on or off according to your preferences.
- Once you’ve made all the necessary changes, close Siri’s preferences window.
What if Siri isn’t working?
Trying to open Siri on your Mac, only to end up with “try later” messages or no message at all? There are a few things you can try.
- Check your network settings : Start by making sure you are connected to the internet. Siri requires your device to be connected for proper use.
- Make sure you’ve turned on Siri correctly : If the Siri icon is missing, make sure Siri is enabled correctly by checking your system preferences.
- Make sure there are no restrictions placed on Siri : You can do this by going to your System Preferences, then Parental Controls. In Others, you can verify that Siri and Dictation are not turned off.
- Check your microphones : Your microphone may not work properly if Siri does not respond. You can check your microphone settings under System Preferences.