In this guide, we’ll look at how to set up Siri and cover some examples of how you might use it.
This section gives you step by step instructions on how to use Siri, the digital assistant in macOS 12 Monterey, with pictures of the screens to help.
1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu.
2. In the System Preferences window, click Siri.
3. In the sidebar, tick the checkbox for Enable Ask Siri.
4. If you want to use the “Hey Siri” command to launch Siri, tick the checkbox for Listen for “Hey Siri” and follow the onscreen instructions to teach Siri your voice.
5. On the Siri preferences screen, you can:
6. When you are happy with your Siri settings, close System Preferences by clicking the Close button (red circle) in the top-left corner of the window or using the Cmd + W keyboard shortcut.
7. There are several ways to launch Siri:
The Siri window will appear in the top-right corner of your screen.
8. Now speak your query. It will appear as text in the Siri window. When you have finished, Siri will respond with spoken and visual feedback.
You can ask Siri to perform a wide variety of tasks on your device, including:
Tip: To ask another query whilst Siri is open, click on the animated Siri icon at the bottom of the Siri window.
Note: Siri needs a connection to the internet to work.
9. To find out more about what Siri can help you with, launch Siri, then click the animated Siri icon in the Siri window. Siri will show you a list of tasks it can perform. You can select any item in the list to see more details.
10. To create a calendar event, launch Siri and say, "Add a [name of appointment] to my calendar".
Siri will ask you for the date and time of the appointment.
After you have given the date and time, Siri will confirm this event has been added to your calendar.
You can type queries in Siri, but first, you need to enable this in System Preferences.
11. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu.
12. In the System Preferences window, click Accessibility.
13. In the sidebar, scroll down and select Siri.
14. Tick the checkbox for Enable Type to Siri.
15. When you are happy with your Siri settings, close System Preferences by clicking the Close button (red circle) in the top-left corner of the window or using the Cmd + W keyboard shortcut.
16. In this example, we will create a new reminder. You don't need to type full questions or commands, as Siri will usually work them out from a few keywords. Start by launching Siri, as explained above.
17. You can start typing as soon as the Siri window appears. In our example we type “Set reminder get milk 6 pm.”
18. When you have finished typing your query, press the Return key. Siri will confirm that the reminder has been created.
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If so, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.