How to write to Siri

Siri is Apple’s voice assistant available on all devices produced by the Cupertino giant. If active, it allows you to obtain information on the most disparate topics, to carry out searches and also to perform actions strictly related to the device in use, such as starting a call, reading incoming messages, running an app and much more.

To do all this, simply call Siri using the appropriate voice command or the activation key and speak your request. However, it may happen that you find yourself in situations where it is not possible to communicate with Siri and it would be convenient to be able to write your requests rather than say them verbally. In fact, this option is already available and you just need to enable it from the settings of your device to be able to take advantage of it.

How do you say? Were you not aware of this feature and would like more information about it? No problem! Make yourself comfortable, set aside five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs, in which I will explain in detail how to write to Siri . All I have to do is wish you happy reading!


  • How to write to Siri from iPhone and iPad
  • How to write to Siri from Mac

How to write to Siri from iPhone and iPad

To be able to write to Siri , you must first activate this option from the settings of your iPhone or iPad .

To proceed, press the gear wheel icon to access the iOS / iPadOS Settings, tap the Accessibility item locate the General section and select the Siri option .

If you don’t see the voice in question, it means that the voice assistant is disabled on your device. In this case, on the Settings screen , tap on the Siri and search option , move the lever relating to the option Press the side button for Siri / Press the Home button for Siri (on iPad it is Press the top button for Siri / Press the Home button for Siri ) from OFF to ON and press the Enable Siri button . For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my guide on how to activate Siri.

Once this is done, go back to the Accessibility section , press on the Siri item and, in the new screen displayed, move the lever relating to the Write to Siri option from OFF to ON .

In addition, in this same screen, you can also choose when to let Siri speak by selecting the option you prefer between Always , With Silent mode off and Only with “Hey Siri” . For example, by choosing the latter option, Siri will answer you by voice only when you call it back with the command “Hey Siri”.

At this point, you are ready to write your requests to Siri. To do this, press and hold the right side button or the Home button on the iPhone or, if you use iPad, the top button (the one you use to turn on iPad ) or the Home button and, using the virtual keyboard that appears on the screen, type your request in the Write to Siri field .

Then press the Done button (or the right arrow icon on the iPad) to send your command and get the response from Siri. To continue the conversation, you can simply enter a new message in the Write to Siri field , which remains visible on the screen until your iPhone / iPad freezes or touches the display.

For information, I would like to point out that if you have activated the options Enable “Hey Siri” from the Siri section and search and Write to Siri from the Accessibility section of your iPhone / iPad, you can call up the voice assistant by saying the command ” Hey Siri ” and, after having received at least one reply, continue the dialogue both verbally and by writing your requests in the Write to Siri field that appears on the screen after a few moments.

In case of second thoughts, you can remove “Write to Siri” at any time by accessing the Accessibility section of iOS / iPadOS again. To do this, access the iPhone / iPad Settings by pressing the gear wheel icon on the Home screen, tap the Accessibility item and select the Siri option .

In the new screen that appears, move the lever for the Write to Siri option from ON to OFF and you’re done. If, on the other hand, you want to disable Siri completely, you can take a look at my guide dedicated to the topic.

How to write to Siri from Mac

To be able to write to Siri from Mac , first open the System Preferences by clicking on the gear wheel icon in the Dock bar of your Mac and access the Accessibility section .

At this point, locate the General section in the left sidebar, press on the Siri item and, in the new screen displayed, put the check mark next to the Enable “Write to Siri” option, in order to activate the option that you allows you to type your requests instead of speaking them.

Once this is done, click on the Open Siri preferences button, to access the Siri-related settings, and check which keyboard key is selected in the Keyboard shortcut drop-down menu that allows you to call up the voice assistant (you can also change it by choosing one of the other available options).

Furthermore, if you have not already done so, by placing the check mark next to the Enable “Hey Siri” option, you can activate the option that allows you to call Siri by saying the appropriate voice command, while placing the check mark next to the Show Siri item in the menu bar , you can also invoke Siri through its icon visible in the macOS menu bar.

Once you’ve enabled the option to write to Siri and customize the settings as you like, you’re ready to call up the voice assistant and manually type your requests. Then press the keyboard button to activate Siri (or click on the Siri icon in the menu bar), enter your request in the Write to Siri field and press the Enter key on the keyboard to send it.

Siri will automatically reply to you by voice and, if you wish, you can continue the conversation by entering any new requests in the Write to Siri field .

Please note that you can also call Siri verbally (if this option is active) and continue the conversation by writing your requests. In this case, say the command ” Hey Siri “, wait for the answer from the voice assistant (or click directly on the box that appeared at the top right) and enter your request in the Write to Siri field .

In any case, as you will have noticed, Siri will respond to your requests both verbally and by writing the answer. If you want to avoid having voice feedback, access the macOS System Preferences , press on the Siri voice and put the check mark next to the No item relating to the Voice Feedback option , to completely disable Siri’s voice responses.

Alternatively, you can simply mute your Mac – by doing so, Siri will only respond in written form. Keep in mind, however, that you will not be able to call the assistant with the command “Hey Siri” and you will not be able to speak your requests until you reactivate the audio.

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