How to Activate Hey Siri on MacBook, Mac, Mac Mini

Last Updated on Dec 21, 2021

You should know everything about Siri on Mac. Apple Continuing Hey Siri improvement with New Type To Siri on Mac. it’s the first generation of Mac operating systems available with built-in Siri. So that all Macs users who are working on MacOS Monterey, Sierra & High Sierra definitely feeling new. But before, we already discussed the thread about using Siri in macOS. Now today we’re going to demonstrate to activate Hands-free Siri on Mac. Apple’s macOS Sierra has integrated Siri that works as an intelligent personal assistant likewise iOS and WachOS of Apple.

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By default, you can summon Siri by pressing Shortcut Key to mean Command or through a Click on Siri icon. But a magic way to Enable Hey Siri on mac, at a glance it’s seems mind-blowing, even though, virtually it’s possible. Let’s dive into the following steps that will guide what to do to turn on hands-free Siri on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, iMac, Or Mac Mini.

The bottom steps we tried in macOS Monterey, Big Sur, and Catalina Worked perfectly.

Ideal Process to Enable Hey Siri on MacBook Pro/Air/iMac/Mini

macOS Monterey or Later macOS: Turn On Hey Siri on Mac! How to Setup

On the Latest macOS, Siri settings are separated from Other Mac accessibility settings. Follow the below steps to Enable or Disable Listen for Hey Siri on Mac.

  1. Go to the apple logo from top Mac menu > System Preferences.system-preferences-on-mac
  2. next, Click on Siri.siri-settings-on-mac-system-preferences
  3. Now, Select Enable Ask Siri.enable-hey-siri-on-mac
  4. Enable Ask Siri from the confirmation popupconfirm-for-ask-siri-on-mac
  5. Next, Allow permission to Share Siri Data with Apple to Improve Siri & Dictation.share-your-siri-voice-command-with-apple-to-improve-siri-performance
  6. Setup Hey Siri with command and Continue. Enable checkbox for “Listen for “Hey Siri” on headphones“. if you wish to disable Siri activate using Hey Siri command then alternate option is manually call siri by press Siri icon from top Mac menu or Use Type to Siri on Mac.enable-listen-for-hey-siri-on-mac
  7. Follow the On screen Voice command and Pass all the test successfully.start-hey-siri-setup-on-mac
  8. Click on Done to complate Hey Siri setup on Mac. More customizations are keyboard Shortcuts for Mac siri, language, Voice, Voice Feedback, and Clear Siri search history.siri-setup-complate-and-done-to-save-on-mac
  9. That’s it.

How to Activate Siri on Mac Mini

For Mac Mini Hey Siri, We need to connect headphone with a mic [AirPods & AirPods Max] is the best apple headphone to use Siri and other sound features. Then follow the steps for Enable Siri & Activate Hey Siri on Mac mini.

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We can Turn off Listen for Hey Siri with headphones on Mac any Time using the above steps.

Show or Hide Siri On Mac Menu Bar

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If you don’t like to use the Hey Siri command on Mac to activate Siri on Mac and Work on it. then Open Siri manually from the top Siri Shortcut in the Mac menu. This option helps to open Siri On Mac silently without disturbing the other own [iPhone, iPad] or your Nearby Apple device in the working area.

To Enable Siri Shortcut on Mac Menu:- Go to the Apple logo from top Mac menu > System Preferences > Siri > Enable Checkbox “Show Siri in Menu Bar”.

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To Disable Siri Shortcut on Mac Menu:- Go to the Apple logo from top Mac menu > System Preferences > Siri > Disable Checkbox “Show Siri in Menu Bar”. to Hide from the top menu.

How to Activate Siri on Mac keyboard

We can use Voice and Keyboard to activate Siri on Mac as an Alternate option. Apple is giving default Key to Activate Siri on Mac on Apple’s Magic Keyboard. Default Key is Press and Hold on F5 [Mic] button. In addition, we can customize the Siri Keyboard Shortcut on Mac. Check your Present Keyboard Shortcut for Siri or How to change it.

  1. Go to the Apple logo from top mac menu > System Preferences.
  2. Next, Click on Siri > Keyboard Shortcut [Select from the options]keyboard-shortcut-for-activate-siri-on-mac
  • Hold Mic – F5
  • Hold Command Space
  • Hold Option Space
  • Press Globe + Space or Add new Keys from keyboard.
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That’s an easy way to open Siri on Mac using Keyboard.

How to Activate Siri on Mac Using AirPods

AirPods users can activate Siri in a smart way, That’s tested on all Hey Siri supported Mac and MacOS. Follow the below steps for Activating Siri on Mac using AirPods Pro, AirPods 3 & AirPods 2.

  1. First, Connect your AirPods to Mac from Bluetooth Preferences.
    • Go to the Apple logo from top Mac menu > System Preferences.
    • Bleutooth > Enable BLuetooth and Search your AirPods in the list and Click on AirPods Name to pair with Mac. Once AirPods is connected.
  2. Put AirPods in to Ear
  3. Press and Hold on Steam of Airpods Pro and AirPods 3 to Activate Siri on Mac without Saying Hey Siri voice command or Use Hey Siri command as well. for AirPods 2, Double Tap on AirPods to Activate siri.

How to Activate Siri on Mac Using AirPods Max

Siri activation on Mac through AirPods Max is just easy as Other AirPods Pro, AirPods 3. But the COntrol is different from Wake up Siri on Paired Mac. Press and Hold on Digital Crown button on AirPods Max to Activate Siri.

  1. First connect your AirPods Max to Mac from Bluetooth Settings. [Apple logo > System Preferences > Bluetooth > Enable Bluetooth and Pair AirPods Max from the list of Bluetooth device].
  2. Press and Hold on Digital Crown button givne on AirPods Max Until you hear chime.
  3. Start Saying your Voice command to use Mac.

Which Macs Support Hey Siri

Siri is an easy way to access mac data or Internet data using the Voice command. So, the Smart internal microphone of your Mac automatically activates Siri on your Voice command “Hey Siri“. if your Mac microphone not working or not clearly defined then Use External headphones with a mic.

  • 2018 MacBook Air and Later model
  • 2018 MacBook Pro and Later model
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac Mini with Headphone.

Older MacOS

Step 1. Click on Apple Logo on the top Menu bar and Open up System Preferences on your Mac.

Open up System Preferences on your macOS sierra Enable Hey Siri on macOS Sierra

Step 2. Then, Click on Accessibility.

Click on Accessibility under system preferences for enable hands free Siri

Step 3. Choose Dictation and do checkmark  Enable the dictation Keyboard Phrase.

Tick check box Enable the dictation Keyboard Phrase macOS sierra

Now quite below in the field, replace any text and Enter the new text ‘’Hey’’.

Step 4. Now Click on Dictation Commands…

Step 5. Now make checkmark Enable Advanced commands.

Enable Advanced commands

Step 6. Hit the ‘’+’’ button to add a new Command.

Step 7. Now make changes as per the below-given instructions.

When I Say: Siri

While using: Any Application

Perform Open ‘’Siri.app’’

  • To Get App in Perform option follow Steps – Choose Open Finder Items… and select to open Siri – you can find it inside your Application folder.
Enable hands free Siri on macOS Sierra macbook Air, macBook Pro
Siri app on Hey Siri in macOS Sierra

Step 8. Click Done.

That’s it.

Delete Siri & Dictation History on Mac

Instead of hey, you can also keep such as the ‘’hello’’ keyword to summon Siri hands-free using Dictation. This means, It’s a customized command, the reason behind the different keywords is that using the ‘’hey’’’ command for Mac’s Siri, maybe nearby Apple device Siri will also be happened to activate.

I hope, you got it and easily guided the above tip to turn on/Enable Hey Siri on macOS.

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