How to Use the Siri Raise to Speak Feature in watchOS 5

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's watchOS 5 update includes a new Siri feature that eliminates the need to say "Hey Siri" or push the Digital Crown to activate the personal assistant.

    Instead, you can raise your wrist and speak right to Siri, with the Apple Watch able to detect your movements and your desire to relay a Siri command. It's simple to enable, and it works well once you know a few tricks.

    Enabling Raise to Speak


    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Choose "General."
    3. Scroll down to "Siri" and Tap it.
    4. Make sure "Raise to Speak" is toggled on.
    You can leave "Hey Siri" enabled right alongside "Raise to Speak," and use whichever Siri activation method is most convenient.

    Using Raise to Speak

    Using Raise to Speak is as simple as raising up your wrist and speaking into your Apple Watch.

    Lift your wrist as you would to view the time or do any other Apple Watch activity, and then speak a command. Most people will find that they need to bring the watch a little closer to their face than they would just to view it, so if you can't get Raise to Speak to work, hold your wrist closer to your mouth.

    Raise to Speak is a slightly different gesture than just raising your arm to look at the time, and the Apple Watch can tell the difference in intent.

    Raise to Speak Tips

    [*]Raise to Speak needs to be fairly close to your face to interpret a Siri voice command, which prevents it from automatically activating for the most part. If it's not working, bring your wrist closer to the speaker of the Apple Watch before trying a command.
    [*]Raise to Speak works both at the watch face and when an app is open. It does need to be activated with the wrist raising gesture, though.
    [*]You need to speak at a normal speaking volume for the watch to detect a Raise to Speak command. Whispering will not work.
    [*]Because Raise to Speak seems to rely on proximity to the Apple Watch's speaker, Siri is not going to trigger when other people are speaking.
    Other Siri Options

    In the Siri section of the Settings app, accessible by following the steps above, you can also choose your Voice Feedback settings for whenever Siri is activated if you have an Apple Watch Series 3.


    This isn't a new setting, but it's worth revisiting alongside Raise to Speak. You can choose to set Voice Feedback (aka vocal replies) to "Always On," "Control With Silent Mode," which will silence Siri if Silent Mode is turned on, or Headphones Only, which will cause Siri to provide vocal replies if you're wearing AirPods or other Bluetooth enabled headphones.

    You can also set Siri's voice volume in the same section of the Settings app by tapping the volume icons or using the Digital Crown. This sets Siri's overall response volume when the personal assistant responds to queries aloud.

    Raise to Speak is a useful feature on Apple Watch for everyone, but especially for HomePod owners. If you want to activate Siri on your watch, you can now do so without accidentally triggering a HomePod that might be in the room with the "Hey Siri" command.

    Article Link: How to Use the Siri Raise to Speak Feature in watchOS 5
  2. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Feels quite awkward to use right now, much different than speaking a sentence that begins with Hey, Siri.

    I either need to be very close (inches away) or speaking quite loudly in a direction toward the mic.

    It’s early beta though, so hopefully it improves. I use Siri not he Watch a lot, happy to drop Hey, Siri as the HomePod picks it up at home all the time.
  3. DocMultimedia macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    Couldn't we wait until watchOS 5 is past beta for these instructional videos? It doesn't even mention the word beta in the entire article.

    Not everyone lives in the beta world. Of course I do. Just not on my watch. ;)
  4. Craiger macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    Is this for series 3 only? I’m not seeing this on series 2.
  5. gusnyc macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    New York City
    Is it possible to install the beta as a public tester or is it only for developers? I installed the profile in my watch but it doesn't see a beta when trying to do the software update.
  6. chrisdazzo macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2006
    Same. Pretty sure it’s a Series 3 only feature. Good ol’ Apple.
  7. Goner259er Suspended

    Feb 11, 2018

    Per 9-5 Mac

    To start, you’ll need to have iOS 12 beta installed on your iPhone and watchOS 5 beta installed on your Apple Watch. watchOS 5 works with Apple Watch Series 1 and above; the first-generation Apple Watch is not supported
  8. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Gave you a thumbs up on yt for the browns.

    Really digging these mini-guides.
  9. Rorosbutt macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    Exactly! WatchOS betas aren’t even available for the public. They are dev only.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 10, 2018 ---
    They do NOT allow public betas for WatchOS. Dev ONLY.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 10, 2018 ---
    Are you a dev running WatchOS 5 beta?
  10. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Same here. It appears to only be for Series 3 & newer.
  11. Smith288 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2008
    Good tips. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get it to listen. It’s about proximity.
  12. HiVolt macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    I would hope they would get raise to wake working properly first. So many times when i want to look at my watch it doesnt wake. This was with the Series 0 and Series 3.
  13. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    @jclo I know betas can affect battery life but is there any noted difference in battery performance in your testing on/off thus far? Thanks.
  14. Dustonfoster macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2017
    Wish it worked with S2 AW. I’ll be hopeful it gets acitivated in next Beta.
  15. dan9700 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2015
    Its terrible it activates all the time when I just look at the time
  16. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  17. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    I’m excited for this, hope it’ll work on the s2 and will work properly!
  18. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Honestly, no difference here.
  19. pcorrado macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I turned this feature off 12 hours in. I’m a hand talker and it kept activating every few minutes. Very annoying.
  20. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    Well it is a good thing that Apple allows you to turn this feature off.
  21. arrowspace90 macrumors newbie


    May 10, 2018
    --- Post Merged, Jul 11, 2018 ---
    Not many people want to speak out loud to their phone or watch. Certainly not in public. The beauty of the watch is that it alerts you to calls and messages with a buzz to the wrist not noticed by others. It's discreet!
  22. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    How about raise to walky talky? Or shake watch to walky talky?
  23. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Works well. Nice feature. Takes a little getting used to though.
  24. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    What's the tradeoff between convenience and accidental commands?

    If you say "Tell Mom when you'll be back" to your kids, while absent-mindedly scratching your nose, will it send a text?
  25. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2017
    Not either. Both. These are both intentional attributes to prevent it being activate unintentionally.

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