macOS High Sierra

Siri preferences

Use Siri preferences to choose a language and voice, turn voice feedback on or off, and manage which apps Siri can learn from and make suggestions. For more information about Siri, see Use Siri on your Mac.

To open Siri preferences, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Siri.

Open Siri preferences for me

Enable Ask Siri

Use Siri to do everyday tasks, get quick answers, and more. To stop using Siri, deselect the checkbox. (Siri continues to learn from and make suggestions in apps.)

If you ask Siri something when the checkbox isn’t selected, you’re prompted to enable Siri. You must be connected to the Internet to use Siri.

Keyboard Shortcut

The default shortcut to ask Siri is to press and hold the Command key and the Space bar at the same time.

To create your own shortcut, click the pop-up menu, choose Customize, then press the keys you want to use. For example, you could press Option-Z.

Mic Input

Click the pop-up menu, then choose a microphone. If you choose Automatic, your Mac listens to the device you’re most likely to use.


Choose the language and dialect that you want to use to ask Siri; Siri will use the same language and dialect to speak to you. Siri is not available in all languages or regions.

Siri Voice

Choose a gender (and sometimes dialect) for Siri. Some languages may not have an alternate gender or dialect.

Voice Feedback

Turn voice feedback (spoken responses) from Siri on or off. If you turn feedback off, the response from Siri is shown in the Siri window but is not spoken.

Show Siri in menu bar

Show the Siri icon in the menu bar—another way to quickly ask Siri.

Siri Suggestions & Privacy

Choose the apps Siri can learn from to make suggestions to you.

For information about how Siri sends your spoken words to Apple and uses personal information such as your name, your contacts, and other data to understand you better and recognize what you say, click About Siri & Privacy.

If speech is difficult or you don’t want others to hear your Siri requests, you can type your requests to Siri instead of speaking them. For more information, see Siri Accessibility preferences.