How to Use Siri Raise to Speak in watchOS 5 on Apple Watch

Fed up with using 'Hey Siri' phrase on your Apple Watch? Now you can eliminate this phrase by upgrading your watch to the latest watchOS 5 and use the Siri Raise to Speak feature.


The latest iOS and watchOS have improved Siri’s abilities to perform different tasks. In iPhone, Apple has brilliantly integrated Siri into the Shortcuts app. And in Apple Watch, the company has eliminated the need to use ‘Hey Siri’ or press the digital crown to invoke Siri. This is possible by using ‘Siri Raise to Speak’ feature in the latest watchOS 5.

So when you raise your Apple Watch and bring it near to your mouth, Siri understands that the user needs its help. Thus, you can directly speak your command and Siri would carry out the same.

How to Enable Siri Raise to Speak in watchOS 5 on Apple Watch

Step #1. On your Apple Watch, press the digital crown to bring up all the apps.

Step #2. Open Settings app from the cluster of apps.

Open Settings app on Apple Watch running watchOS 5

Step #3. Next, tap on General.

Tap on General in watchOS 5 Settings

Step #4. Then, you need to scroll down and tap on Siri.

Tap on Siri in watchOS 5 Settings

Step #5. Finally, toggle ‘Raise to Speak’ option ON.

Enable Siri Raise to Speak in watchOS 5

Use Raise to Speak Feature with Siri

Now the trick begins. With Siri Raise to Speak enabled, you just need to raise your Apple Watch and send a command to Siri on the watch. In case there are a few people around, and Siri fails to listen to your voice, just bring the watch closer to your mouth and then speak the command without using ‘Hey Siri’ phrase.

Siri will quickly follow your command and perform the task accordingly.

Apple has taken enough care not to make this gesture jumbled with Raise to Wake. Normally, when Raise to Wake is enabled on your Apple Watch, the watch is woken up when you raise your wrist. Along with this, Siri is also summoned if you have enabled Siri Raise to Wake in your watch.

To avoid this misunderstanding, Apple prevents Siri from automatically activating for the most part. You need to bring the watch closer to your mouth before you speak a command.

You can use this feature when an app is opened on your watch or when your watch shows a face.

Remember, you are not supposed to whisper your command into your watch. Keep your voice normal while speaking commands.

As mentioned above, if you are surrounded by other people, Siri cannot perform any action.

Video: How to Enable Raise to Wake for Siri on Apple Watch

Summing up…

Along with this feature, you can always use other Siri features like Voice Feedback to adjust the volume on your watch. You can also control the feedback with silent mode and headphones also. Overall, this is a useful improvement for people, who are always on the go.

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