Apple Working on Changing Prompt From “Hey Siri” to “Siri”

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We’ve learned that to get things done, we can go through voice assistants, whether it’s Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, or Cortana. It can be easy to get them mixed up if you use more than one. Apple is changing things up and eliminating the word “hey” from “Hey Siri,” which could lead to more confusion. It’s unclear why Apple is making this move.

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Changing the “Hey Siri” Wake Word

All of the voice assistants have wake words, which are the words you use to invoke the assistant. Cortana and Alexa are simply “Cortana” and “Alexa,” though Cortana was once “Hey Cortana.” Google Assistant is “Hey Google” or “Okay Google.” Siri has been “Hey Siri” since it was first introduced.

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According to reports, Apple wants to make a change to its voice assistant and change the “Hey Siri” prompt to just “Siri.” Apple has been working on changing it for several months, testing it with employees.

Making this change in the voice assistant is more difficult than you would think. It takes a lot of training to teach Siri to understand the more simpler phrase with various accents and dialects. While having a more complex password makes it more difficult for someone to figure out, having a more complex wake makes it easier for Siri to understand.

If you’re interested in more ways to speed up the assistance, read on to discover this list of Siri shortcuts for power users.

Why Is Amazon Making This Change?

While it’s not entirely clear why Apple is making this change to Siri, it could be to make reactions to requests quicker. It turns the three-syllable request into a two-syllable request. Not only will you ask the question more quickly, but you’d also be able to ask follow-up questions more quickly.

If you’re reading this and thinking that Apple needs to improve Siri’s listening capabilities before it institutes a major change, the company’s engineers are already working on it. They’re working on third-party integration going deeper and taking the correct action after your request.

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It also resigned the tvOS 16.1 interface around Siri, leaving the question of whether Apple is changing “Hey Siri” for a greater unknown use, possibly for a measure that goes further than Apple TV.

It would seem it would still work if you said “Hey Siri” rather than just “Siri,” as you’re still using the shortened one-word phrase. That would be good news to me, as I feel like it would be difficult to remember to leave out the “hey.” I use both Siri and Alexa, so it’s easy to mix the two up; it will add to the complexity to also forget to drop the “hey.”

If you just want to change Siri’s voice or language, check out this tutorial.

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Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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