macOS High Sierra

Use Siri on your Mac

Siri on your Mac can help with everyday tasks, get quick answers and information, play music, and more. For example, Siri can open files and apps, send a message, or make a FaceTime call. You can ask Siri anything—from “Set up a meeting at 9” to “What was the score for last night’s game?” to “Play some mellow music.” Siri is there to help.

The top-right portion of the Mac desktop showing the Siri icon in the menu bar and the Siri window with the request “How many centimeters are in an inch” and the reply (the conversion from Calculator). Click the icon in the bottom-center of the Siri window to make another request.

To ask Siri, click the Siri icon in the menu bar or in the Dock , or use the keyboard shortcut (the default shortcut is to press and hold Command-Space bar). If your Mac has a Touch Bar, tap the Siri icon there.

If you’re not sure what to say when the Siri window appears, ask Siri “What can you do?” or click the Help button in the Siri window.

If the Siri window doesn’t close automatically, you can close it yourself—just swipe right or click the Close button .

Tip: Siri knows your name from your contact card (also called My Card) in the Contacts app. If you added a nickname to your card, Siri uses it. Try it out by asking “What’s my name?”

Ways to use Siri

You can use Siri to get quick answers (say something like “What’s the weather tomorrow?”) or do a task for you, like send an email.

The Siri window showing an email message being dictated.
  • Open an app: Siri immediately opens an app for you. Say something like: “Open Notes.”

  • Dictate text: Have Siri write a note or email for you. Say something like: “Create a note” and then dictate what you want to write.

  • Schedule a meeting: Have Siri set up a meeting for you. Say something like: “Create a meeting for today at 3 p.m.”

  • Play music: When you listen to Apple Music, Siri learns your music preferences and can recommend songs or play a playlist. Say something like: “Play a playlist of happy songs.”

  • Get music trivia: Siri can tell you about songs, albums, and artists, or read album notes for items in your music library. Say something like: “Play the top song from March 1991.”

  • Find a location: When Location Services is enabled in Privacy preferences, Siri can give you information based on your current location or include maps to give you more details. Say something like: “Where’s the nearest grocery store?”

  • Find files: You can complete robust searches for files—just ask Siri to find files created at a certain time or containing precise text. Say something like: “Find files that I created last week containing ‘conference’.”

  • Change a system preference: Siri can automatically change some preferences or open a preference pane for you. Say something like: “Increase my screen brightness” or “Open Night Shift preferences.”

    Tip: Siri is an easy way to start using accessibility features with your Mac—for example, ask Siri to turn VoiceOver on or off.

Siri can make suggestions in some apps even before you ask. For example, when you receive invitations in Mail or book flights