One of the biggest highlights of macOS Sierra’s features is the iOS-Style Siri. While the voice assistant has been readily welcomed by most Mac owners, one thing that made it lose favor instantly is the lack of voice activation.

Clicking on the icon or using a keyword shortcut to invoke Siri just didn’t impress the users who wanted to use the virtual assistant hands-free. Speaking the truth, I would often wonder why Apple didn’t add the voice activation feature with Siri on Mac; especially if iPhone, iPad enjoys it.

How to Enable Siri in macOS Sierra on MacFortunately, there is a trick to let you use Siri hands-free on your Mac running macOS Sierra. Head over the jump to discover how to get on it!

How Does it Work

  • With Accessibility Dictation feature, you can activate Siri hands-free.
  • Dictation commands let you edit text and interact with your Mac by speaking to it.
  • You can use dictation commands even when you are not dictating text by saying the keyword phrase before the command.
  • You need to enable the dictation keyword phrase like “Hey” to activate the Dictation tool.

How to Enable Hands-Free Hey Siri Voice Activation in macOS Sierra

Step #1. First up, open System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences in macOS Sierra

Step #2. Next up, click on Accessibility followed by Dictation.

Click on Accessibility in Mac System PreferencesClick on Dictation in macOS Sierra

Step #3. Now, you need to check the box before Enable the dictation keyword phrase. Then you have to write “Hey” in the text field.

Check Enable Dictation in Mac System Preferences

Step #4. Up next, choose the Dictation Commands.

Click on Dictation Commands in macOS Sierra System Preferences

Step #5. Then, check the box before Enable advanced commands.

Click on Enable Advance Commands in macOS Sierra

Step #6. Now, click on (+) to add a new command.

Add New Command to Dictation in macOS Sierra

Step #7. Next, make sure to change everything in order to match the details given below.

    • When I say: Siri
    • While using: Any Application
    • Perform: Open “Siri.app”

Below the Perform option, choose Open Finder Items… and then select to open Siri from the Applications folder.

Click on Choose Finder ItemClick on Application Then Siri in Finder on MacSetup Hey Siri in macOS SierraStep #8. Select Done.

That’s all! Now onwards, you can invoke the voice assistant by just saying “Hey Siri”. Start using it hands-free and let us know how it works.

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