How to Enable Hands-Free ‘Hey Siri’ On Mac OS Sierra

How to Enable Hands-Free with ‘Hey Siri’ On OS Sierra

Working on an exquisite recipe but forgot a single ingredient and want to check it on the internet? You might not want to touch the keyboard as your hands are dirty. Why don’t you let your computer do it for you? All you need to do is speak out “Hey Siri” followed by your query?

Siri is an intelligent personal assistant that uses voice commands to answer questions and carry out various smartphone tasks. This feature has been on iPhone and iPad since forever. But after the release of Mac OS Sierra, it has been included in Mac as well. Unfortunately, voice activation is not enabled by default.

In this article, we’re going to discuss how to enable hands-free “Hey Siri” voice activation on Mac OS Sierra.

How to Turn on Dictation

It is necessary to enable dictation to make sure your system work on your voice activation.

Step 1: Go to ‘Apple icon’.

Step 2: Choose ‘System Preferences’.

How to Turn on Dictation

Step 3: Open ‘Keyboards’ from the ‘System Preferences’.

How to Turn on Dictation

Step 4: Click ‘Dictation’ tab.

Step 5: Select the ‘On’ button beside Dictation.

Step 6: Put checkbox on “Use Enhanced Dictation.”

 How to Turn on Dictation

How to Enable Hands-Free ‘Hey Siri’ On Mac OS Sierra

Step 1: Go to Apple icon located at the upper left corner of your computer screen.

Step 2: Click “System Preferences” from the drop-down list.

How to Enable Hands-Free ‘Hey Siri’ On Mac OS Sierra

Step 3: On System Preferences window, click Accessibility and then scroll down to select Dictation.

How to Enable Hands-Free ‘Hey Siri’ On Mac OS Sierra

Step 4: Check-mark “Enable the dictation keyword phrase” and enter “Hey” in the text field.

How to Enable Hands-Free ‘Hey Siri’ On Mac OS Sierra

Step 5: Check Enable advanced commands.

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Step 6: Now, click “Dictation Commands” and choose the (+) button on the left of the pane to add a new command.

Step 7: Follow the below instructions:

  • Type “Siri” besides ‘When I say”
  • “Any Application” besides ‘While using’

Step 8:  First select “Open Finder Items” besides ‘Perform’ and then open your Applications folder, and look for Siri app.

How to Enable Hands-Free ‘Hey Siri’ On Mac OS Sierra

Step 9: Select “Siri.App”, and hit ‘Done’.

Now, you’re all set to use voice activation on your Mac, all you need to do is say “Hey Siri “and it will invoke Siri quickly. Of course, you can change the command such as “Hey Computer” or “Hey Mac” to make sure you won’t run any other gadget with your Mac.

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Do not forget to share your handsfree experience in the comment section below.

Bhoomika Basera

Bhoomika Basera is an analyst and blogger at Systweak Software. She likes to explore and discover latest technological updates and hacks.She is a backpack traveller and loves to explore cities and off beat places!

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