How to Disable Siri on Mac
Some Mac users may wish to turn off Siri on their Mac, perhaps because they aren’t using the Siri service on their computer or maybe they’d rather just use Siri on the iPhone or iPad instead. Regardless of the reason, you can easily disable Siri in Mac OS, which will completely turn off the voice assistant service as well as remove the Siri icon from the Mac menu bar (and Touch Bar if applicable).
How to Turn Off Siri on Mac
Disabling Siri on the Mac is easily achieved through a settings adjustment:
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
- Choose “Siri” from the control panel options
- Uncheck the box next to “Enable Siri”
- Close System Preferences
With Siri disabled, the menu bar icon is removed, the Dock icon is hidden, the Touch Bar icon is removed (if applicable to your Mac), and the Siri service is completely turned off and unable to activate for any reason.
How to Enable Siri on Mac
You can re-enable Siri at any time by reversing the settings change and simply checking the box again.
- From Apple menu, choose “System Preferences”
- Choose “Siri” from the control panels
- Check the box next to “Enable Siri”
If you want to leave Siri enabled but simply remove the menu bar icon, you can also just hide the Siri menu icon from the Mac instead as well.
Separately for iOS users, you can also turn off Siri on the iPhone and iPad if you want to do that for whatever reason too.
Keep in mind that if you turn off Siri you will lose all of the great features of the service and all of the Siri commands and wonderfully helpful capabilities on Mac. If you’re thinking about turning off the feature because you don’t use it much, consider browsing our Siri tips to learn some great ways to use the intelligent assistant.