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Improving Siri on macOS Sonoma

  • Apple announced that users can now skip saying “Hey, Siri” to their iPhones and Macs.
  • A Mac running macOS Sonoma can now respond to just the word “Siri” given certain conditions.
  • Learn how to train Siri and set a keyboard shortcut to skip even saying “Siri” in this article.

Apple announced that we’ll soon be able to stop saying “Hey, Siri,” to our iPhones — but it’s also true on macOS Sonoma, if you set it up first. From macOS 14 onwards, users can now say “Siri” to invoke Apple’s digital assistant on their Macs, instead of “Hey, Siri.” However, Apple has amazing algorithms that figure out which device you’re talking to, making it difficult to get the Mac to respond first.

To enable verbal use of Siri, users typically just go through a few settings: open Settings, click on Siri & Spotlight, make sure Ask Siri is turned on, and choose from the Listen for options. Note that when you turn on Listen for “Siri,” your Mac may take you through a series of prompts to train it to learn your voice.

Once you’re used to saying “Siri” instead of “Hey, Siri,” it is peculiar how much more natural it seems — on your iPhone. Plus Siri on a Mac requires you to stop what you’re doing, making it substantially less useful. To get around this, users can turn on Allow Siri when locked.

Apple has made it so that users need one fewer words to call up Siri, but they can go further and ignore the whole entire thing of issuing any verbal invocation. Instead, users can press a keyboard shortcut to make Siri appear. The default shortcut is to hold down Command and Space together for a few seconds until the Siri icon appears.

For more information on how to improve Siri on macOS Sonoma, read the full article by William Gallagher.

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