How to Disable Siri on Your MacBook

Mar 16, 2018
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You might not want or need to use Siri. To stop Siri services on your MacBook you need to disable it, then restart your system to terminate any Siri processes running in the background.
Disabling Siri will deactivate all Siri keyboard shortcuts and the ‘Hey Siri’ voice input. To continue, follow these simple steps.

1. Open ‘System Preferences’
Click on the ‘System Preferences’ icon in the dock on your home screen. The ‘System Preferences’ window will open. At the bottom of the screen, you will see the ‘Siri’ settings icon.
Alternatively, you can open ‘System Preferences’ by clicking on the ‘Apple’ logo in the navigation panel on your home screen. A drop-down list will appear. You can select ‘System Preferences’ from this list.

2. Select 'Siri'
Click on the ‘Siri’ icon in the ‘System Preferences’ window. The ‘Siri’ settings screen will appear.

3. Disable ‘Siri’
In the ‘Siri’ settings page, you will see a checkbox next to ‘Enable Siri’. This is below the familiar ‘Siri icon’, on the left side of the page. Uncheck the ‘Enable Siri’ button by clicking the checkbox. ‘Siri’ will be disabled on your MacBook.
You can now exit the ‘System Preferences’ settings.

4. ‘Restart’ MacBook
'Restart' your MacBook by clicking on the ‘Apple’ icon in the navigation panel on your home screen. Select the 'Restart' option from the drop-down list. Click ‘Restart’ again in the message asking if you want to restart. After restarting, your system will be refreshed, and Siri will be disabled.

You can also choose to disable Siri Voice Feedback instead of entirely disabling ‘Siri’. You can do that by simply clicking the On button under the Voice Feedback tag in the Siri preference settings.

Siri is now disabled on your MacBook.
 

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