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There IS a way to activate Siri with your voice, here’s how

So if virtual activation isn’t available on the macOS Sierra Public Beta through the Siri system preferences, then how do I get Siri to activate when I say “Hey Siri”? Through the Sierra Accessibility system preference that’s how.

The default Siri keyboard command in the Sierra Public Beta is to hold down the Command and Space buttons. You have to change, purely because the Accessibility feature doesn’t have a way to hold down a keyboard combination. Duh.

Okay first how to change the Siri keyboard shortcut

  1. Open the Siri system preferences  Apple menu > System Preferences  
  2. Find keyboard shortcut. A few options here for you, choose customize in order to create your own shortcut for the keyboard to acknowledge. siri-keyboard-shortcuts-100672179-large

Creating a Dictation command to activate Siri 

Now that you’ve tweaked the keyboard shortcut, you are ready to make “Hey Siri” work.

  1. System Preferences Apple menu > System Preferences 
  2. Click on Keyboard icon
  3. Click on the Dictation tab. If nothing happens, click on another tab and then click Dictation again (essentially just try it again)
  4. Look for a setting called Dictation. Turn it on. Select Use Enhanced Dictation. 
  5. If you have multiple microphones, you can select the one you prefer to use by clicking the pop-up menu under the microphone icon. sierra-beta-heysiri-keyboard-dictation-100672183-large
  6. Now click the Show All icon at the top of the window, then click on the Accessibility icon. Or, select View in the menu bar and select Accessibility.  sierra-beta-heysiri-accessibility-system-preference-100672184-large
  7.  In the left column of the Accessibility system preference, scroll down to find Dictation and select.
  8. Check the box “Enable the dictation keyword phrase” and type in “Hey”                                                                     A Blog
  9. Click the Dictation Commands Button.
  10. An overlay window appears with a selection list in the left column. Below is a box for “Enable advanced commands” Check this box.
  11. Click the + button. This will allow you to create a custom command.
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  13. Click Done.


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