On iPhone 6S and newer devices, there is an option in System Settings where if you say “Hey Siri,” the virtual assistant will be activated. On Mac, however, one must click the Siri icon for Siri to take queries. Luckily, there is a workaround with this that utilizes Dictation Commands within the Accessibility settings.
Essentially, by setting “Hey” as a wake phrase and “Siri” as the word to invoke the launch of Siri, you are able to speak to the virtual assistant naturally – just like how you would on your iPhone. This is because the Mac is always listening for “Hey” and will be listening for a command to follow.
This article will entail how to navigate accessibility in System Settings to set up a “Hey Siri” voice command. In addition to this, it will cover how to set this up with other applications. This way you will not necessarily have to use Siri to launch an app and can just use a voice command instead.
1. To get started, launch System Preferences. You can find System Preferences most notably in the dock or in the Launchpad. Alternatively, click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your Mac and select “System Preferences.”
2. Within System Preferences, select “Accessibility.”
3. Scroll down on the left menu bar and select “Dictation.”
4. Check the box labeled “enable the dictation keyword phrase.” Change the wake phrase from “computer” to “hey.” To stay true to the “Hey, Siri” command, “Hey” is entered. This word can be anything, though. If you wish, check the box that is labeled “play sound when command is recognized.” It is not necessary for any app launch, but it can help confirm that the command was recognized.
5. Click on “Dictation Commands.”
6. Check the box labeled “enable advanced commands.” Secondly, click the “+” icon.
7. Type “Siri” into the “When I Say” box. Under “while using,” make sure “Any Application” is selected.
8. In the “Perform” box, click “Choose,” then run workflow, and then “other.”
9. A Finder window will now open. Select the “Applications” folder from the leftmost menu. Select “Siri” and click “Open.”
10. You will now be returned to the dictation settings window. Click “Done.”
11. That’s it! Say “Hey, Siri” to test things out.
Using Other Invocation Words
You can, of course, set this up for any other application, too. Instead of “Siri,” set the invocation word as the name of the application you wish to launch.
For example, type “Adobe Premiere Pro” in the “When I Say” box. As before – in the “perform” box, click “Choose -> run workflow -> other.” Select Adobe Premiere Pro from your list of applications.
Now, stating “Hey Adobe Premiere Pro” will launch Premiere Pro. On the other hand, stating “Hey Siri, launch Adobe Premiere Pro” would also do the same thing – just with the Siri interface we had set up previously.
It is likely that Apple may implement a feature such as this in a future version on macOS. Until then, making this quick adjustment in your System Settings will allow quicker access to all of your files, photos, iMessage transcripts, and more. If you have any questions or issues related to getting this set up, please leave a comment below!
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