How to Remove Siri from Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

Jul 24, 2017 - 16 Comments

Remove Siri from Touch Bar on Mac

Some Mac users may find the Siri button on Touch Bar to be less than useful, and some may accidentally hit the Siri button and inadvertently trigger Siri when trying to hit another key on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar keyboard. If you don’t want Siri so readily available on your Pro Mac for whatever reason, you can remove Siri from the Touch Bar on a Mac.

Note that by removing Siri from Touch Bar on MacBook Pro you are not disabling Siri on the Mac or otherwise getting rid of Siri, you’re only removing the Siri button on the Touch Bar itself. Siri can still be used by any other Siri summoning method.

How to Remove Siri Icon from Touch Bar on Mac

This is obviously only applicable to Mac hardware with the Touch Bar screen:

  1. Go to the  Apple menu and choose “System Preferences” and then go to “Keyboard”
  2. Under the Keyboard tab, choose “Customize Control Strip” (note it is not called Touch Bar here)
  3. Customize Touch Bar to remove Siri

  4. Now tap on the Siri button and drag it into the Trash on the touch bar, or use the mouse to drag the Siri icon onto the screen and out of the Touch Bar to remove it
  5. Drag Siri to trash to remove Touch Bar Siri

  6. Choose “Done” when finished and close out of System Preferences

The change is immediate but if for some reason it doesn’t take effect you can manually refresh the Touch Bar if its frozen or otherwise unresponsive to your settings changes.

Remember this only removes Touch Bar button from the keyboard, you will still be able to access Siri from the menu bar on the Mac, or a keyboard shortcut, but it will no longer be on the touch bar hovering above the delete key on Touch Bar Pro models.

You can customize other options in the Touch Bar and Control Strip through settings on the Macs equipped with the function key replacement screen. There is no way to remove the Touch Bar from a MacBook Pro (well, aside from simply not ordering a Touch Bar Mac to begin with), but customizing it so it’s better suited to your needs when you’re looking down at your fingers to hit the little touch bar buttons and screen can be helpful to many users.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Zeke says:

    I don’t see why some of the older comments here have such venomous hatred for the touchbar. My main gripe with it is I wish it was easier to customise and/or unify across apps (for example, the default functions for it on Safari are quite different from what they are on Firefox, and on Firefox less useful). It can speed up editing in Final Cut Pro X because less commonly used keyboard shortcuts can disappear from your mind quite easily when it’s been a while.

    I’d say it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Personally, I find easy access to commonly used emojis quite useful as I message people via Web WhatsApp a lot, and it makes the intentions of my statements nice and clear. Actually faster to do this on the MacBook Pro than on my phone.

  2. Stanislav says:

    Thank you!

  3. Therese Demers says:

    Thank you so much!

  4. michael says:

    thank for this explanation!

  5. jammer says:

    As previous commenter said, putting siri right above the delete button is just plain evil. so intentional. so grateful for the option given here to remove it. it drove me nuts for 18 months. the only other thing i use the touch bar for is volume control. anyway, thanks for the solution.

  6. cgrl says:

    placing siri next to the delete button is borderline satanic. apple obviously wants their customers to have mental breakdowns. sad they’re so bored – instead of advancing anything they just cause problems. like doggles. miss the jobs days. thank you for helping.

  7. Mounier says:

    I hate this new apple computer ! It’s really bad and never works … Never again

  8. barbara darrow says:

    so I tried this bec. Siri button drives me nuts. But, when I get to the customize keyboard screen there is no trashcan visible so I am unable to drag Siri to the trash can.

    What am I missing?

    • Mike says:

      I was confused at first too.

      Move your cursor past the bottom of the screen and it will activate the touch bar. Select siri and move it to the trashcan all the way to the left of the touchbar.

  9. Eric says:

    OH, Tim Cook, just wanted to say since you’ve basically given up on nice hardware and quality software as you focus on phones and Emoji’s you’ve crushed Apple. I can’t believe I have t ist through WWDC just to hear you announce how excited “we” are about the new Emoji’s. Who are you talking about???? Here’s they one I use :-P Later.

  10. Expobill says:

    I would go crazy if I had that on touch bar on my 2010 MBA.
    What is the reason for that touch bar?
    Every time I try a simple function using Serra on the Mac mini 2012, I get a spinning ball, does the top ch bar spin as well?
    Apple is good though they make incredible computers.justbthe new OS X are deminishing. I think we hit our technology peak in 2011 and everything else developed is a gimmick or promotes social media.

    • Eric says:

      I miss my 2013 MBP. It bit the dust. Resetting the SMC used to do the trick. I finally said F’ it and purchased a new MBP with the touch bar. I think I”ve used it a couple of times in the past month. It’s crapl I can’t believe it but Apple for me is losing it’s “I’m cool becauase I’m on a MAC” appeal, and just the fact that they make better machines and have siince getting my first MAC in 1990. Oh well, I’m getting old so I’ll just retire with the good times in my mind and maybe try and have a less computer intense life. Time for Travel, Music, Diving and maybe sleeping. Kayaking with Manatee’s and my Bulldog and good music is getting better than spending time on products that Tim Co0k has made a mess of . He should go be a side kick for his buddy Rush Limbaugh, and put the British Jonathon Ive in charge. He’s the man! Wow, i’m tired and sick of Apple making lame stuff.I do have a 2010 MBP and it’s better than this 2017 i7, 13″ MBP. This thing is a pain in the arse.

  11. Margaret Yang says:

    Touch Bar isn’t so much a joke as more evidence that Apple is going down — and fast. THANK YOU, Paul Horowitz, for finally exterminating Siri from my Touch Bar. Mac Sufferers can exterminate Siri under Parental Controls in the guest accounts, if I recall. But only the method described here works for the principal MacBook Pro account — in exterminating the bonking horror pop-up Siri. Do I want to enable it? NO. And I would like to DISABLE it at the moment I am asked if I would like to enable it. 👉🏻Slide slide slide past emojis you 🥀never🥀 use🥀 I get a lot of good feedback to the sign I’ve taped up over the Apple logo: “Ask me how much I regret buying this brand new MacBook Pro.” I like doing my work sometimes square in the middle of Apple Store. I believe I’ve succeeded in discouraging scores of sales of this TERRIBLE FAILURE by Apple Corporation: “MacBook Pro.” Please. What total garbage.

  12. Ian says:

    It would be nice if Apple offered a Build To Order computer like MacBook Pro WITHOUT the Touch Bar.

    I know mostly Pro users. None of them wants a “touch bar”, it is a cumbersome gimmick toy that adds additional complexity to something that did not need it.

    Apple must know the Touch Bar is not popular because they did not mention it at at all at WWDC 2017, and they have not introduced an external keyboard with it. So why are they forcing it onto PRO users with the MacBook Pro?

    Make Touch Bar a build to order option! Let the pro users have our full keyboards back!

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