How to activate Hey Siri on Mac

While it’s easy to turn on Hey Siri on iPhone, there’s no such easy way to turn on Hey Siri on Mac. However, you can still enable Hey Siri on Mac by using a workaround as below.

Enable Hey Siri on Mac

Apple’s digital assistant Siri is available on all Apple devices including the MacBook. Siri, as available on the Mac, however, requires you to press the keyboard shortcut or click the microphone icon each time you want to interact with it.

The resulting user experience isn’t the same as interacting with Siri on an iPhone or iPad, where you can voice-activate Siri by saying “Siri” or “Hey Siri” and continue interacting with Siri without having to press a button.

However, we found a good workaround from jdcampbell on Reddit, which users are using to enable Hey Siri on Mac and enable continuous voice interaction with Siri without having to press keys or click the microphone icon.

The workaround to enable Hey Siri on Mac can be divided into the following 3 sections.

  1. Create a keyboard shortcut to activate Siri on Mac
  2. Enable Enhanced Dictation Mode on Mac
  3. Create a dictation command to enable Siri keyboard shortcuts on Mac

Create a keyboard shortcut to activate Siri on Mac

The default keyboard shortcut to activate Siri on Mac is press and hold command and the spacebar Key.

However, this key combination is not compatible with Dictation on Mac. Therefore, an alternative or new key combination needs to be created that can be used to activate Siri on Mac.

1. Click on that apple icon from the top menu bar on your Mac and then click system settings option in the drop down menu.

Apple menu icon and tab

2. On the System Settings screen, click Siri.

Siri option in System Preferences on Mac

3. On the next screen, check the small box next to it Activate Siri (1) and then click Activate the Siri button in the appearing popup (see image below)

Activate Siri on Mac

4. While still on the Siri screen, turn on the option for Oral feedback and then create a custom one keyboard shortcuts for Siri on Mac. While you can choose any keyboard shortcut, we’ll go with it Command + S in this tutorial (see image below)

Enable voice feedback and create keyboard shortcuts for Siri on Mac

Note: To create a custom keyboard shortcut, click down arrow next to Keyboard Shortcuts > Next To adjust in the drop-down menu and then press command and S Keys on your Mac’s keyboard.

Enable Enhanced Dictation Mode on Mac

After creating a new keyboard shortcut for Siri, the next step is to enable Enhanced Dictation Mode on your Mac. This allows you to interact with Siri using continuous voice commands.

1. Click the Apple icon in the top menu bar of your Mac, and then click the System Preferences option from the drop-down menu.

Apple menu icon and tab

2. On the System Settings screen, click keyboard.

Keyboard option in System Preferences screen on Mac

3. Click on the keyboard screen dictation tab, and then select the check box for dictation and Use enhanced dictation. Next, select Command S in the shortcut field (see image below).

Enable Enhanced Dictation Mode on Mac

Note: Your Mac can download and install a file for Enhanced Dictation if you haven’t already used this feature.

Create a dictation command to enable Siri keyboard shortcuts on Mac

The final step is to use the accessibility feature on Mac to create a voice command that can trigger the shortcut key for Siri on your Mac.

1. Click on that apple icon from the top menu bar on your Mac and then click the System Preferences option from the drop-down menu.

Apple menu icon and tab

2. On the System Settings screen, click Accessibility.

Accessibility option in the System Preferences screen on Mac

3. On the accessibility screen, click dictation in the left sidebar menu. Next, check the box for Enable dictation keyword phrase, Type Siri as a dictation phrase, and then click dictation commands… button (see image below).

Enable dictation keyword phrase on Mac

4. On the next screen, check the box for Enable advanced commands and then click the “+” Button to add a new command (see image below)

Create dictation command to activate Siri on Mac

In the new command windows, type the following input.

  • When I say: Siri
  • While using: Any application
  • Run: Click the down arrow > click Keyboard Shortcuts from the drop-down menu, and then type the keyboard shortcut you created for Siri (Command-S).

When you are done with this screen, click Finished button to save the changes

If this workaround doesn’t work on your computer, go to system settings > Siri and then disable Siri. After a minute, activate Siri again and see if you can activate Siri by saying “Siri”.

Tip: To keep Siri activated on both iPhone and Mac when you say Siri, you may want to activate a different voice command to activate Siri on Mac – something like Hey Mac!

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