How to Turn On & Use Raise to Speak On the Apple Watch

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Apple Watch features just keep getting better. Starting with watchOS 5, you can raise your wrist and talk to Siri without saying, "Hey Siri." If Siri is not responding, or Raise to Speak is not working, you may need to turn on Raise to Speak. Here's how to turn on and use raise to talk, or raise to speak, for Siri voice commands on your Apple Watch. I've found this to be one of our most useful Apple Watch tips, since when I say, "Hey Siri," it can trigger my personal phone, the company phone, or the office HomePod. This way, I can use the Apple Watch Siri feature without any confusion!

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Enable Raise to Speak on Your Apple Watch (Series 5 & Later)

  1. Open the Settings app.

    apple watch settings
  2. Tap Siri.

    apple watch siri settings
  3. Toggle Raise to Speak on.

    how to turn on raise to speak

Both "Hey Siri" and Raise to Speak can be on at the same time. Raise to Speak will require you to raise your wrist to activate the feature.

How to Use Raise to Speak on Your Apple Watch

  1. The Raise to Speak feature will work from both the watch face and while an app is open. 
  2. Raise your wrist higher than you would to view your watch, close to your mouth. If you're having trouble, try bringing the Watch closer to your mouth. 
  3. You don't have to say, "Hey Siri," just start giving a voice command at a normal volume; whispering won't work. Bonus, if you're a fan of spy movies, you'll look like you're relaying covert information instead of telling Siri to set a reminder. 
  4. Unless you have your watch very close to someone else's mouth, Siri won't react to Raise to Speak when other people are talking.
  5. Now you can use Raise to Speak with your Apple Watch and make Siri commands more discreetly.

    talk to siri
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Hallei Halter

Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.