How to use Siri on your Mac

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

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?”
  • “Show me all of the files I shared with Cecilia last week.”
  • “Search the web for images of the Eiffel Tower.”


  • “Find tweets from José Bautista.”
  • “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.”


Ask Siri

Complete any of these steps, then just say what you need:

  • Click the Siri icon  in the menu bar, Dock, or Touch Bar.
  • If Siri is already open, you can also click  or microphone iconin the Siri window.
  • Or press and hold the Command (⌘) key and Space bar until Siri responds.

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 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:

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

Ask Siri to open Siri Preferences, or choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click Siri. 

In Siri preferences you can adjust settings such as the Siri keyboard shortcut, the microphone Siri listens to, the gender and dialect Siri uses, and whether Siri gives voice feedback. Learn more about Siri preferences.

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