Siri is the landmark new feature in macOS Sierra, but unfortunately you have to click the icon or a keyboard shortcut in order to talk to your computer. Since â€œHey Siriâ€ is one of the best features on iOS, this is a bummer. Good thing you can hack it into your Mac too.
Aside from Siri, your Mac has a dictation function, and with that, you can set up a hot word thatâ€™ll invoke Siri hands-free. Despite being a bit hacked together, it works surprisingly well.
Read below to get it working on your Sierra installation:
Step 1: Launch System Preferences
Step 2: Head to Accessibility â€“> Dictation
Step 3: Check off Enable the dictation keyword phrase
Step 4: In the field directly below, replace any of the current text with simply â€˜Heyâ€™
Step 5: Select Dictation Commands
Step 6: Check off Enable advanced commands
Step 7: Hit the to add a new command
Step 8: Change everything to match the following details
- When I say: Siri
- While using: Any Application
- Perform: Open â€œSiri.appâ€
- Under the Perform option, select Open Finder Itemsâ€¦ and select to open Siri found inside your Applications folder
Step 9: Select Done
Step 10: Check off Enable the dictation keyword phrase in the Dictation preference pane
Step 11: Insert â€˜Heyâ€™ into the field directly below
Now whenever youâ€™d like to call up Siri, regardless of your configured keyboard shortcut, you can simply say â€œHey Siri.â€
Adding â€˜Heyâ€™ into the dictation keyword phrase field is what initiates the Dictation tool to begin listening to a future command. Adding â€˜Siriâ€™ to the When I say field links that as a command to be followed by the Dictation tool. If you find yourself accidentally activating other Hey Siri devices nearby, you could try switching the commands around to something like â€œOkay Siriâ€ or â€œHello Siri.â€ If after enabling everything you find itâ€™s not working, try disabling Siri and the dictation keyword phrase, and then re-enabling them.