How to Use Voice Control on macOS Catalina

No matter which device or gadget we use, the more the number of accessibility features, the better is our user experience. And yes, we’re not at all hesitant in saying that Apple has always taken care of including a bunch of useful accessibility features keeping in mind of user’s need and requirement.

So yes, Apple recently introduced the new voice control accessibility feature along with its latest macOS Catalina update. Yes, you heard that right. macOS Catalina features an all-new accessibility feature that allows you to control your Mac with your voice as an input source.

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With the power of voice control, you can have better command over your MacBook machine and control your entire Mac by using simple voice commands. Awesome, isn’t it?

Let’s not waste a further minute, and explore our quick guide on how to use voice control on macOS Catalina.

How Does Voice Control Work?

We’re already aware of how voice control works on iPhone, right? How we use Siri’s assistance to get our day to day things, like placing a call, texting a friend, getting live score updates, weather forecast, and so on. In the same way, macOS Catalina also offers a new voice control feature that takes the help of Siri’s speech recognition engine that allows us to navigate and interact with your Mac using only your voice.

The previous versions of macOS supported certain dictation abilities, but with macOS Catalina, voice control takes a whole new avatar offering us an all-new way to control our Mac. Let’s quickly learn how to use voice control on macOS Catalina.

Also Read: Best Voice Recorder Apps for Android

How to Use Voice Control Feature on macOS Catalina ?

Follow these quick steps to enable voice control accessibility features on macOS Catalina.

Tap on the Apple icon and head on to System Preferences> Accessibility.

Now, select “Voice Control” option from left-side menu pane.

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Check on the “Enable Voice Control” option.

Wait for a while until your Mac downloads all the voice control commands in our preferred language.

The moment voice control is enabled on your Mac; you will see a new microphone icon on the screen.

So, you can now use your voice to get things done on your Mac. For starters, you can start off by using simple commands like “Turn on the Dark mode”, “Restart my Mac” and so on.

At any point in time, if you don’t want your Mac to listen to your commands, tap the “Sleep” button which is placed at the bottom of the voice control microphone icon. Or you can also use your voice command to do the same by saying “Go to Sleep”.

Go to Sleep

To resume the voice control functionality, tap the wake-up button or say “Wake up” out loud to activate voice control again on your MacBook.

Basic Things to Keep in Mind

While using voice control on macOS Catalina, here are a few things to keep in mind.

If you’re getting confused at any point of time, say “Show me what can I say” to learn how to use voice control commands on Mac.

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Also, if you’re consistently worried whether your command has been heard by Mac or not, simply say “Play sound when the command is recognized” so that Mac can play a beep sound for your better understanding.

Also, if you’re worried about the security aspect then there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. All your voice commands and the things you say will be only stored on your device to make sure your personal stuff is always kept safe.

Also Read: Best Ways To Use Voice Control


Here was a quick summary of how to use voice control on macOS Catalina to interact and navigate your MacBook in an all-new way. With the power of voice commands, you can get things done faster with minimal efforts. Voice control offers you the quickest way to navigate through your Mac.

Also, to explore some of the best tips and tricks to explore macOS Catalina, click here.

So, how do you feel about using voice control on macOS Catalina? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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