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 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.
Step #2. Next up, click on Accessibility followed by Dictation.
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.
Step #4. Up next, choose the Dictation Commands.
Step #5. Then, check the box before Enable advanced commands.
Step #6. Now, click on (+) to add a new command.
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.
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.