A Beginner’s Guide to Siri On the Mac

Siri can be a useful tool for performing tasks on your Mac without needing to type or navigate through apps. You can ask Siri to launch apps, change preferences, do math, check email, play music, search for files and photos and many other computing tasks. You can also ask Siri to look up information online.

Comments: 7 Responses to “A Beginner’s Guide to Siri On the Mac”

    Lynda Farabee
    2 years ago

    When using Siri on a computer, it appeared you just clicked the mic icon. But on iDevices, do you have to hold down that icon. Seems so unnatural to keep holding your finger down.

    2 years ago

    Lynda: On iPhones and iPads you can hold down the Home button, but you can also just press the home button and release (about a 1 second press). No need to keep holding. Of course you can also use “Hey Siri.”

    Nannette Mercurio
    2 years ago

    I have OS X El Capitan version 10 11 6 and I do not have the Siri Icon. How do I get it? This tutorial does not address that

    2 years ago

    Nannette: Siri on the Mac was introduced with macOS Sierra. So you’ll need to upgrade to Sierra (or High Sierra next week) to get Siri.

    Richard Scotte
    2 years ago

    Thanks for the feature on Siri – I found it very useful. I can find a lot of useful tasks for the app fro now on. RS. Canberra Au.

    Nannette Mercurio
    2 years ago

    Thanks, I update every time one comes to me. And I haven’t seen any updates for Sierra. Will I get a notification for the High Sierra next week?

    2 years ago

    Nannette: Sierra came out a year ago. Go to the App Store and look for it. High Sierra comes out on the 25th. Unless you have an older Mac, your should be able to use either.

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