Like Siri on iOS 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.”
To ask Siri, take any of these actions, then just say what you need:
- Click in the menu bar, Dock, or Touch Bar.
- If Siri is already open, click or in the Siri window.
- Press and hold the Command (⌘) key and Space bar until Siri responds.
- Say ”Hey Siri.”
This feature is available only on MacBook Pro models introduced in 2018, and only when the computer lid is open.
If Siri doesn't close automatically, click 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.
For example, you can ask Siri to search for all the documents that you opened this week.
Then ask Siri to refine your results to just the ones with “annual” in the title.
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 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:
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.
Double-click your words to edit them.
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
- On MacBook Pro models introduced in 2018, whether your Mac listens for ”Hey Siri” or responds when the screen is locked
- Siri on Mac requires macOS Sierra or later. You can also use Siri on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Apple Watch, HomePod, and Apple TV.
- If Siri can't connect to the network or asks you to try again in a little while, check your Internet connection.
- If Siri seems not to hear you speak, check your microphone selection in Siri preferences. Or test with a different microphone, such as the microphone in your Apple Earphones.
- If Siri seems to hear you but not understand you, make sure that your language and dialect is selected in Siri preferences.
- Learn how ”Hey Siri” works with multiple devices.
Siri features might vary by country or region.