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 it found and ask to dig into your Mail or documents.

What is Siri

What Siri can do on Mac

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

Siri know everything

Does Siri know everything?

Not exactly, but Siri 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. It knows the content of your Mail and messages, but only if you ask it to dig into it. Siri knows the content of your documents as well, but it 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 apps you own. Siri does know a lot, it’s true. And it 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 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 3. 

Technically, CleanMyMac 3 is a cleaner, but together with cleaning system junk (which is always a good idea), it disables Siri, cleans caches and cookies, and uninstalls harmful apps (so-called bloatware) and extensions.

To disable Siri with CleanMyMac 3:

  1. Download CleanMyMac for free.
  2. Launch it and open the Extensions 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 the Privacy tab.
  3. Choose apps and browsers you use.
  4. Clean cookies and other extra info.
  5. Open the 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.
  9. Did you know?

    CleanMyMac 3 is a great tool with many handy modules. However, there is a newer version of this app notarized by Apple — CleanMyMac X. Like the previous one, it has instruments to ensure your privacy, improve the performance of your Mac, and many more. Upgrade by downloading the free version here.

    CleanMyMac X, though, cannot help you disable Siri. So, if you have this newer version of the app, you’ll have to disable Siri manually.

How to disable Siri on macOS manually

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

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, remove adware or bloatware from your Mac, and clean up your caches and cookies, you can be sure your privacy is protected.

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

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