Goodbye Siri: How to turn off Siri on Mac

How to use, configure or remove Siri on Mac

What is Siri anyway?

In short, it’s an artificial intelligence that uses voice recognition, language processing, and machine learning to help you make dinner plans. It used to be reserved for iOS users, but now it's a normal part of the macOS. Siri on Mac uses the same technologies and the same logic, but can do a little more. For instance, you can export the files she found and ask her to dig into your Mail or documents.

What is Siri

What Siri can do on Mac

You can actually ask Siri about that. She’ll give you a list of example commands you can use for various occasions. Mainly, she can find you files by any criteria, google info and organize it in a visually appealing way (like sport scores), send letters, call or message people, create or cancel meetings, and other everyday stuff.

Siri know everything

Does Siri know everything?

Not exactly, but she knows most of what’s happening on your Mac and everything that can be googled. Can Siri read emails? Yep. Can Siri read private messages? Yep. She knows the content of your Mail and messages, but only if you ask her to dig into it. She knows the content of your documents as well, but she doesn’t send this info to Apple servers. What you asked, your location, and tech details about your Mac are sent, but not the contents of what Siri retrieves in response.

Siri knows your names and nicknames, your contacts, the names of songs you’ve got in your collection, photo album titles, and which apps you own. She does know a lot, it’s true. And she has access to the insides of some of your apps, like Notes.

How to get rid of Siri on your Mac?

We’re not going to show you how to delete Siri because frankly, it’s impossible. For better or for worse, Siri is undeletable. However, there are ways to disable it.

How to disable Siri and ensure your privacy

There’s a way to disable Siri manually, but the privacy of the rest of your Mac activity remains in question. To make sure all your data is safe and protected from prying eyes and from being sent to somebody’s servers, get an app like CleanMyMac. 

Technically, CleanMyMac is a cleaner, but together with cleaning system junk (which is always a good idea) it disables Siri, cleans caches and cookies, and uninstall harmful apps (so-called bloatware) and extensions.

To disable Siri with CleanMyMac 3:

  1. Download CleanMyMac for free.
  2. Launch it and open Extension tab.
  3. Choose Siri.
  4. Click Disable.
  5. Done.
Configure Siri in CleanMyMac

To make sure your Mac is protected and your data is safe:

  1. Open CleanMyMac 3.
  2. Open Privacy tab.
  3. Choose apps and browsers you use.
  4. Clean cookies and other extra info.
  5. Open Extensions tab.
  6. Remove any extension you don’t know.
  7. Open Uninstaller.
  8. Remove all the apps you don’t need or don’t recognize.

How to disable Siri on macOS manually

  1. Open the main Apple menu from top right corner.
  2. Choose System preferences.
  3. There’s a new Siri icon, click on it.
  4. From the right pane uncheck Enable Siri option.
  5. Uncheck Show Siri in menu bar.
  6. Now Siri should be disabled and hidden.
Turn off Siri manually: tutorial

Keep in mind that in its Privacy Policy, Apple states that only recent voice input data will be deleted. The older requests will remain on Apple servers, but will be disassociated from you. After you disable Siri, removed adware or bloatware from your Mac, and cleaned up your caches and cookies with, you can be sure your privacy is protected.

That’s about it on how to disable Siri on your Mac. She’s a helpful tool, so you can easily turn her back on should you change your mind. Cheers.

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