Disable Mac Startup Sound permanently

October 23, 2021

In between starting your computer and signing in, you hear the typical Mac startup sound. It indicates your computer has passed the startup diagnostic test and all the hardware in it is working properly. But, just like me, if you prefer to boot up your Mac in silence the better option would be to disable the sound chime.

Macbook Sound Preferences

How to disable Mac Startup sound permanently?

The signature Mac Startup sound may be unnecessary for some but it's actually more important than just a fun addition. Still, if you do not prefer to keep this option enabled, follow these steps to disable the sound.

  1. Turn on your Macbook
  2. Choose Apple menu.
  3. Go to System Preferences
  4. Click Sound.
  5. Switch to the Sound Effects pane,
  6. Uncheck the Play sound on startup box.

Beginning with macOS Big Sur 11 or later, you can control whether your Macbook should play the sound at startup or not.

How do I turn off the startup sound and chime on my Mac?

Depending on the version of macOS you're running, you might hear a startup sound shortly after pressing the power button to turn on your Mac. As desired, you can enable or disable the Mac Startup Sound.

On your Macbook, go to the Apple menu (visible in the upper-left corner of your computer screen).

System preferences Window
System preferences Window

From the list of options displayed, select System Preferences.

Sound Icon Mac
Sound Icon Mac

When the System Preference window opens, navigate to the Sound icon.

When the Sound Preferences window opens, switch to the Sound Effects tab.

Disable mac Startup Sound
Disable mac Startup Sound

Now, to disable the Mac Startup sound, uncheck the box marked next to  ‘Play sound on startup’ setting to the off position.

When done, Mac Startup Sound will be disabled from the macOS completely until you enable the option again.

Change startup sound Mac

If you do not wish to disable Mac Startup Sound, you can change it to a different tone. Simply select an alert sound from the list and adjust the volume to the desired level using the sliding bar.

Hope that makes sense!


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