How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

Posted in Apple Watch, How To, iOS, Mac on 22/05/2017 by Chris Hauk

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Are you lousy at spilling, speling, um spelling, like I am? Siri is just sitting around doing nothing on your iOS device, Mac, and Apple Watch, put her to work on finding out how to spell it.

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

It’s easy, simply summon the virtual assistant on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, like you normally do. Then say, “Spell (word).” Of course, the word you want Siri to spell will take the place of the (word) part in my example.

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple WatchHow to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

As noted by OSXDaily, you can ask her to spell a word in a number of different ways:

  • Spell (word)
  • Hey Siri, spell vichyssoise
  • Spell the word vichyssoise
  • Spell vichyssoise
  • Siri, spell vichyssoise
  • Siri, tell me how to spell vichyssoise
  • Siri spell vichyssoise
  • Spell vichyssoise

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

Any of these will work, on your Mac, Apple Watch, or iOS device, as long as the version of the operating system on the device offers Siri as a feature. You will find that, as with most things Siri, there are words you’ll have a bit of a time getting getting her to recognize to spell them.

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


  • neutrino23

    One problem is that Siri has a limited vocabulary.

    He Siri, spell bremsstrahlung.

    Brunch too long
    Broom show long
    Brush salon

    But never bremsstrahlung.

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MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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