How to use Siri on your Mac

macOS Sierra and later brings Siri to your Mac, with new capabilities designed just for your desktop. 

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Like Siri on your other Apple devices, Siri on Mac is your intelligent personal assistant, helping you multitask and get things done. For example, while you work on a document, you can ask Siri to send a message to your coworker saying that the document is on the way—without having to stop what you’re doing.

 

Here are some of the many other things you can ask Siri to do. For more examples, ask Siri ”What can you do?”

  • "Show the PDFs in my Downloads folder.”
  • “How much free space do I have on my Mac?”
  • “Play the top 40 jazz songs.” 
  • “What’s the weather in Lake Tahoe?”
  • “Find tweets from José Bautista.”
  • “Search the web for images of the Eiffel Tower.”
  • “Show me all of the files I shared with Cecilia last week.”

 

  • “FaceTime Victoria.”
  • "Add Laura to my 10 AM meeting.”
  • “Show my photos from yesterday.”
  • “What time is it in Monterrey, Mexico?”
  • ”Find coffee near me.”
  • Starting with macOS Mojave, you can use Siri to play a sound on a device to help you find it. For example, if you turn on Find My iPhone for your devices, you can ask ”Where's my iPhone?" or ”Where's my Watch?” 


     Animation of a Siri request

Ask Siri

To ask Siri, take any of these actions, then just say what you need:

  • Click the Siri icon in the menu bar, Dock, or Touch Bar.
  • If Siri is already open, click the Siri icon or the microphone iconin the Siri window.
  • Press and hold the Command (⌘) key and Space bar until Siri responds.
  • Say ”Hey Siri” on a Mac that supports "Hey Siri." On notebook computers that support this feature, the lid must be open.

If Siri doesn't close automatically, click the x button or swipe right to close.

 If you're using a Mac mini or a Mac Pro, connect a microphone for Siri to hear you. Then choose your microphone from the Mic Input menu of Siri preferences.


Ask Siri to find files on your Mac

Siri makes it easy to find files on your Mac, using various criteria.

Siri results for "Search for documents I opened this week"

For example, you can ask Siri to search for all the documents that you opened this week. 

 

Siri responding to "only the ones titled annual."

Then ask Siri to refine your results to just the ones with “annual” in the title.

 

Notification Center       

 

Keep Siri results where you can find them

You can keep important information provided by Siri right in Notification Center . So you can easily access sports schedules, Twitter feeds, files that are related to your big project, and much more.

Just click plus sign at the top of your Siri results. Your information will stay up to date, so you always know where to find game times, trending topics, or important documents.


Drag Siri results

You can drag some types of information found by Siri into a window or application on your desktop. For example, after asking Siri to find an image on the web, you can drag an image from the results into a Pages document:

Dragging images from Siri search results


Edit your Siri request

To edit your request instead of making a new request, double-click your words in the Siri window, then enter your changes from the keyboard.

Editing the request to "Pump up the volume."
Double-click your words to edit them.

The request now reads "Turn down the volume."
Then press Return to search again.


Change Siri preferences

Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click Siri. Or just ask Siri to open Siri Preferences. You can adjust settings such as these:

  • The Siri keyboard shortcut
  • The microphone Siri listens to
  • The gender and dialect Siri uses
  • Whether Siri gives voice feedback
  • Whether your Mac listens for ”Hey Siri” or responds when the screen is locked

Learn more about Siri preferences.

Get help

Siri features might vary by country or region.

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