How to activate and use Siri on Mac

Apple’s smart virtual assistant, Siri, helps thousands of users on their iPhones and iPads on a daily basis – why not use on the Mac too? Since macOS 10.12 Sierra launched in 2016, the virtual assistant is also present on Apple computers and can collaborate in the same way as on mobile devices.

Whether with requests regarding email, calendar, music, FaceTime, iMessage, climate and temperature, Apple Maps, Notes, reminders, questions and answers, among many other ways – the possibilities are countless.

However, it is possible that the virtual assistant is not configured in the best way for quick and functional use, or even activated on your machine. See in the tutorial below how to use Siri on your Mac:

Step 1: enter “System Preferences” and click “Siri”.

Go to System Preferences> Siri. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 2: in the settings screen, activate Siri, select to show it in the menu bar and define the rest of the settings according to your preferences.

Call Siri and configure the settings according to your preferences. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 3: you can now find Siri in the menu bar at the top right of your Mac screen.

Siri will appear in the menu bar. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 4: click on the Siri icon to trigger it.

Just click on the Siri icon to trigger it. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 5: if you remain silent, Siri opens a list of some of the possibilities that you can request for her.

A number of possibilities will appear for you. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 6: you can also trigger it through your app, finding it in your Mac’s list of native apps – if you prefer, drag it to your dock.

Siri’s app can be found in your Mac’s list of native apps. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

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