How to enable or disable the startup sound on startup on new Macs

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Turn startup sounds on and off in 3 steps

The best and most effective method to toggle your Mac's startup sounds on and off is achieved by following the steps below:

  • To activate the sound, the first thing you should do is go to the terminal option via Launchpad or Finder.
  • Copy the command " sudo nvram BootAudio =% 01 ”And with that when light on your computer will have that Mac sound.
  • If you want to deactivate it, you just have to follow the same steps but enter only a different command, in this case, to deactivate it you have to copy " sudo nvram BootAudio =% 00 " And that's it.



As you observed, the steps to toggle the startup sound on and off are very simple. But if you want to know a little more about how to change Mac sounds, we will leave you a quick rundown below with some tips for changing or tweaking notification sounds on your Mac.

Change the warning sounds on your Mac in simple steps

Mac is so varied and useful that you allows you to modify each of its sounds, even warning sounds or some message in the system. The best thing about this option is that you can tweak each sound and volume so that your experience while using the equipment is more enjoyable and of course enjoyable for you.

By following the steps below you will learn how to change the sounds of your Mac in a simple, fast and practical way, so pay close attention. What you should do if you want to change the warning sound is:


  • Select the Apple menu.
  • Go to "System Preferences".
  • Select the audio button and then click "Sound Effects".

To select the sound you want you have to click on the list and you will start hearing how it sounds. Choose the one you like best and that's it. And then You can change the volume of the warning sound. Also, to change the sound at startup you need to follow the following steps:


  1. Go to the Apple menu
  2. "System Preferences".
  3. Select "Sound".
  4. Click on “Sound Effects”.
  5. Check the box "Play sound on startup", there you will see a small list of sounds, select the one you want and that's it, when you turn on your Mac correctly you will hear the sound you have selected.

If you want change speakers or audio output and in this way change the source of the alerts you should:

  1. Go to the Apple menu.
  2. Select your system preference.
  3. Click sound.
  4. Then in the sound effects.
  5. Finally select “Play sound effects using” select the one you want and voila.

To hear the UI sound effects you can

  • Select the Apple menu.
  • Select "System Preferences".
  • Select the “Play UI Sound Effects” option and that's it.

I know if you decide completely eliminate the warning sound which occurs naturally when balancing the sound, you need to turn off the option “Play sound when changing volume” this option can be done from the keyboard.



However, if you don't want to change any sounds and just want turn it off completely, you can also do this in the following way:

  1. Select the Apple menu.
  2. Select "System Preferences".
  3. Go to "Accessibility".
  4. Click on the "Audio" option.
  5. Select “Enable blinking” this option will let you know when you have a message or notification without hearing any sound.

We hope you enjoyed these tips and now you can have a better experience adapting the sound of your Mac as you wish.


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