I don’t know about you but my experience of Siri has been mixed to say the least. On iPhone and iPad the digital assistant is very useful. It speeds up my phone use no end and can perform a range of useful tasks that make my life a little easier.

Siri on Mac isn’t so useful. It seems partially deaf or at least has selective hearing and doesn’t seem to speed up use much at all. That’s why I disable Siri on Mac but leave it running on iPhone. If you want to do the same, here’s how.

Disable Siri on Mac

Maybe it’s because keyboard and mouse is so intuitive that Siri isn’t worth as much on a Mac. Maybe the whole selective hearing thing is on purpose to make us think Siri is a real girl. Who knows? What I do know is that I turn it off.

  1. Navigate to System Preferences and select Siri.
  2. Uncheck the box next to Enable Siri on the left.
  3. Close System Preferences

 

Yes it really is that easy!

Once you disable Siri, the icons disappear from the Dock and Touch Bar if you have one. It does mean performing those tasks yourself while on Mac but I think it’s a price worth paying.

Enable Siri on Mac

If you change your mind and find yourself missing the ability to talk to your computer, you just reverse the above to enable it again.

  1. Navigate to System Preferences and select Siri.
  2. Check the box next to Enable Siri on the left.
  3. Close System Preferences

 

You should now see the icon appear once more on the Dock and Touch Bar. Click it and everything should work as it did previously. I have enabled and disabled this several times so far and it always worked.

If you’re in two minds, you can learn how to get more out of Siri here. If you’re the opposite to me and love Siri on your Mac but don’t want it on your iPhone or iPad, learn how to disable it here.