How to use “Hi Siri” when there are several devices nearby

On iOS 10 and later, Apple’s “Hello Siri” feature uses Bluetooth information to activate virtual

assistant only one device, if there are several of them next to the user. Below we will tell you how to use the function when there are several devices with its support near you at once.

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The system is smart enough to understand which device should respond.

For example, if you raise your wrist and say“Hello Siri,” the system will understand that you are accessing the clock. If you are currently using an iPhone, iPad or Mac, the device you are using will respond. If you have a HomePod column and you are not interacting with any of the other devices, in most cases it will answer.

Hello, Siri Compatibility

In September 2014, Apple added the ability to activate the virtual assistant with the phrase “Hello Siri,” without having to press buttons or even touch the device.

Hello Siri is supported on:

  • iPhone 6S and later
  • iPad Pro / iPad 6th Generation
  • IPod touch 6th generation
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later
  • MacBook Pro 2018 and later

It is worth noting that the function does not require an Internet connection. As soon as the device recognizes the voice command, Siri will begin to listen to you further.

How does Siri choose a device?

What will happen when you say “Hello Siri” while there are several devices nearby?

All feature-enabled devices use Bluetooth to communicate with each other and understand which device should respond.

This will be one of the options:

  • The device that has heard you best.
  • The device you just picked up.
  • The device you just used.

If you lift your wrist with the Apple Watch and say a command, Siri will understand that you want to use the watch and send the command to other devices so that they do not respond to the phrase.

If iPhone and iPad Pro are nearby, and in the roomthere is also an Apple TV with HomePod, then the column will most likely answer you. The smart speaker will hear you best because it has six microphones.

Also read: How to give Siri commands in text mode on Mac

If the iPhone and iPad are nearby, and there are no other devices nearby, then the one that was used last will answer.

How to use “Hello Siri” if you have multiple Apple devices

If you have several Apple devices, read on to find out how to use the function on each of them separately.

iPhone and iPad

Lift your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch off the table and say, “Hello Siri.”

You can also hold the side button on the iPhone X or the Home button on other models and devices to activate the virtual assistant.

Also read: 9 useful hidden features Siri

If the iPhone lies with the display down, it will not respond to the command.

Hello Siri works on iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, iPad and iPod touch 6th generation and later. Other models respond to a command only when connected to a power source.


If your Mac supports the feature, you canactivate Siri without clicking on the assistant icon or without clamping a special key combination. The function will also work when the computer is locked or in sleep mode, if there are no other devices nearby.

Just say “Hi Siri,” before unlocking the device. The virtual assistant will have to answer you. If you have a Mac laptop, its cover should be open.

Siri on Mac works with macOS Sierra 10.12 and newer, and the “Hello Siri” function is limited only to newer models. iMac Pro and MacBook Pro 2018 contain a T2 chip, with which the function works.

You can also activate the virtual assistant manually by clicking on the Siri icon in the menu, dock, program folder or on the touchbar.


Apple notes that HomePod responds to a command in most cases if there are several devices near you. If you have not touched any of the other devices, then the smart column will answer you.

If the column does not respond to the command, then you most likely have disabled command recognition earlier.

Also read: New HomePod Testing: Siri Satisfies 52.3% of Requests

To enable the feature, touch the top of the column and say “Turn on Hi, Siri.” You will hear confirmation that the function is active again.

Apple Watch

For Siri to answer the watch, simply lift your wrist with the watch or touch its display. When the screen activates, say the command.

Hello Siri works on all Apple Watch models.

On Apple Watch Series 3 and later, Siri answers youout loud, and on older models the answers are displayed. With Apple Watch Series 3, you can also activate the function through the headphones connected to the watch.

For Siri to work on the watch, it must be connected to the Internet.

Apple TV

Apple TV does not yet support the “Hello Siri” feature.

To use Siri on Apple TV 4 generations or Apple TV 4K, hold the corresponding button on the remote control, say a request, and then release the button.

Siri on Apple TV requires tvOS 9 or later.

Is the wrong device responding to “Hi Siri”?

If you follow the tips above, but the wrong device answers, do the following:

  • Turn on Bluetooth: Make sure that all devices have Bluetooth turned on. If Bluetooth is turned off, several devices can respond at once.
  • Update system: Obviously, you need the latest version of the system, as errors may occur with older versions.
  • Turn on the “Hello, Siri: Check that “Hi Siri” is enabled on all devices.
  • Connect to the internet: “Hi Siri” recognition is in progressthe device itself, but some devices require a network connection. For example, Apple Watch requires a network connection on the watch itself or on a connected smartphone.
  • Do not put iphone display down: Starting with iOS 9, the iPhone supports a feature with which the smartphone mutes the sound of notifications and blocks the work “Hello, Siri” when the smartphone lies with the display down.
  • Check settings HomePod: There is no screen on the smart column that would immediately make it clear whether the function is active or not. Just in case, enable the function as described above, or do it through the Home application on the iPhone.
  • Open the laptop cover: If your Mac laptop supports the function but does not respond to a command, open its cover.
  • Do not block Mac: Mac does not respond to a command when it is locked. Recognizing a voice command with a locked device can be turned on Systemic settingsSiri.