How To Turn Off Your Mac Startup Sound

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How To Turn Off Your Mac Startup Sound
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When you power up or restart your Mac, it makes the traditional chime that Apple Macs are synonymous with. But have you reached that point yet, where you wish you had the ability to turn it off? The mac startup sound, while lovely, isn’t exactly ideal when you’re in a quiet place where you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. So if you’ve had enough, just follow these quick and easy steps to turn off your mac startup sound.


To Turn Off Mac Startup Sound Temporarily

This is pretty straightforward to do. However, if you forget to do it before you shut down you’ll still have the mac startup sound when you boot up again.

To turn off your mac startup sound temporarily simply turn your volume in the top bar down to “0” right before you shut down or restart. You’ll find a nice silent load up next time you boot the machine.

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You will also have to do this every time before you shut down your mac, so bare that in mind also.


To Turn Off Mac Startup Sound Permanently

If you’re looking to turn off your Mac startup sound permanently, then there’s a neat little trick to get this done in no time.

  • Open Terminal on your mac.
  • If you don’t know where Terminal is, look for it in the search bar by pressing command + space bar.
  • Copy the following code: sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=%80
  • Paste it into Terminal.
  • Enter your password when prompted to do so and that’s it.

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Now restart the mac, and you’ll see that the startup sound is gone.

If for some reason, you decide that you want the Mac startup sound back, then follow these steps:

  • Open Terminal on your mac.
  • If you don’t know where Terminal is, look for it in the search bar by pressing command + space bar.
  • Copy the following code: sudo nvram -d SystemAudioVolume
  • Paste it into Terminal.
  • Enter your password when prompted to do so.
  • That’s it.

When you’ve finished entering it in, restart your mac to make sure it has taken effect.

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