Hey Siri in Sierra on macOS
macOS 2016-07-15 2016-09-16
With macOS Sierra, Siri was introduced to the Mac. By default, Siri can be invoked using fn-space (function + space), however on iOS you can use
Hey Siri to activate it from anywhere. This feature can be enabled in macOS using a lesser-known Accessibility feature. This is how to set up Hey Siri in macOS Sierra.
Open Accessibility in System Preferences. You can open this by searching for
UniversalAccessPref.prefpanein Spotlight search.
Choose Dictation in the sidebar. Dictation is under Interacting. This shows the Dictation preferences, which include a variety of preferences responsible for the Siri & Dictation functionality, and includes features not available in any other system preference pane such as Siri or Sound.
Enable the dictation keyword phraseoption and enter
Heyin the box. Just enter
Hey Siri. It is unnecessary to check the
Play sound when command is recognisedoption as invoking Siri makes the Siri sound anyway.
You will see a new menu bar item, a little microphone () indicating the system is waiting for the keyword phrase (
Hey) to begin listening.
Dictation Commandsand add a new command with the plus button. Dictation Commands opens a list of commands which Dictation can invoke, one of which will be your new custom command to launch Siri. Set
When I sayto
Siriand add your
keyboard shortcut for Siri. Make sure the keyboard shortcut in the Siri preference pane matches this shortcut — it will have to be changed from fn-space since you can't use fn in a dictation command keyboard shortcut.Update: Instead of using a keyboard shortcut, you can instead use
Open Finder Items…and select Siri.app. Thanks to kleerkoat for suggesting this.
That's it! Now, whenever you say
Hey Siri Siri will be activated automatically! Very easy tip and really helps with activating Siri more easily, just like in iOS. If you find Dictation runs other commands when you don't intend, you can disable the other Dictation Commands in step 4 to restrict it to just your Siri command.
If you don't want to change your keyboard shortcut from fn-space, you can stop at step 3 and use the phrase No need to change your keyboard shortcut from fn-space with the updated instructions so you're free to continue using the default shortcut to invoke Siri in Sierra.
Hey Open Siri to start Siri.