How to use Voice Control on Mac with macOS Catalina

Voice Control is Apple’s brand new system for controlling your Mac with just your voice (available in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 too). Whether you rely on Apple’s Accessibility features day-to-day or just want to try out the latest dictation features, follow along for how to get started with and use Voice Control on your Mac running Priest Catalina.

Offering impressive improvements over the previous dictation abilities in Mojave, Voice Control leverages the Siri speech-recognition engine and on-device processing for a great experience in macOS Catalina.

Voice Control offers number overlays and grid overlays along with built-in and custom commands to control your Mac entirely by voice.

This tutorial will focus on Voice Control for Mac but you can turn the feature on to use with your iPhone or iPad by heading to Settings > Accessibility > Voice Control or telling Siri to “Turn on Voice Control.”

How to get started with and use Voice Control on Mac with Catalina

Turn on Voice Control on your Mac:

  1. Make sure you’re running macOS Catalina and have an internet connection
  2. Tell Siri “Turn on Voice Control”
  3. Alternately, open System Preferences
  4. Click Accessibility
  5. Scroll down on the left-hand sidebar and click Voice Control
  6. Click the checkbox next to Enable Voice Control

Keep in mind it will take a few minutes to enable as your Mac needs to download some files for your selected language to turn on Voice Control.

Also, keyboard dictation won’t be an option when Voice Control is turned on.