How to Customize Your MacBook’s Notifications Sounds?

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If you’re a Mac user, chances are you’ve heard the familiar notification sound when something has popped up on your screen. Whether it’s an email arriving, a message from a friend in Messages, or an update to one of your apps, it’s that unmistakable sound that alerts you to take action.

On macOS, notifications are managed by the Notification Center and OS X provides several built-in sounds for different types of notifications. From the Apple menu in System Preferences, open Sound and then click on the Alerts tab. Here you can choose from several default alert sounds as well as adjust their volume.

You can also customize your alert sound in Messages by opening the app and selecting Messages > Settings > General. Under Message Received Sound, you can select a sound from the pop-up menu which will be played when someone sends you a message.

In addition to these built-in sounds, Mac users can also add custom notification sounds to their devices by downloading them from websites or creating them using audio editing software. Once downloaded simply drag and drop them into the ~/Library/Sounds folder and they will appear in the Alert Sounds list of System Preferences.

So now whenever an alert pops up on your Mac screen, make sure to listen for that familiar notification sound!

Changing Notification Sound on MacBook

Yes, you can change the alert sound and set its volume on your MacBook. To do so, open System Preferences from the Apple menu and select Sound in the sidebar. You may need to scroll down to find the Alert Sound option, where you can choose a sound from a selection of pre-installed notifications. You can also adjust the volume of the alert sound using the slider next to it.

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Changing the Notification Sound for Messages on Mac

To change the notification sound for Messages on your Mac, open the Messages app and go to Messages > Settings. Then click General and select “Play sound effects”. Next, click the “Message received sound” pop-up menu and choose the desired sound. When you’re finished, click OK to save the changes.

Investigating the Cause of a Dinging Noise on a Mac

Your Mac is making a dinging noise because it is a power chime. This chime sounds when you plug your Mac’s power cable into the laptop and is meant to alert you that the power connection has been successfully made. It’s a welcome sound – it means your Mac has enough juice to keep running without interruption.

Stopping Mac from Dinging

To stop your Mac from dinging, you can turn off the system sound. To do this, open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen. Then select Sound from the sidebar and uncheck the box labeled “Play sound on startup”. This should stop your Mac from making any dinging sounds.

Changing Laptop Notification Sounds

Yes, you can change your laptop’s notification sound. To do so, open the Settings menu from the desktop app and navigate to the System tab. From here, select Get notifications from the senders and click on Front. Set Notifications to On to enable sound for Front notifications. Then turn on Play a Sound when a notification arrives to have your laptop play a sound when a new notification arrives.

Customizing Apple Notification Sounds

To customize your Apple notification sound, you need to open the Settings app. From there, go to Sounds & Haptics (on supported models) or Sounds (other models). Tap Text Tone and then tap Vibration if you want a vibration as your alert sound. Alternatively, you can select a sound from the list of Alert Tones provided or tap Tone Store to download an alert sound from the iTunes Store. Once you have selected an alert sound, it will be used for all notifications on your Apple device.

Customizing Notifications on Mac

To customize notifications on Mac, first open the System Settings by clicking the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen. Then select Notifications from the sidebar. Here you can choose which apps will send notifications and how they will appear. You have three options: None, Banners, and Alerts. None means notifications won’t appear on the screen; Banners appear briefly at the top of your display and then disappear; and Alerts stay on the screen until you dismiss them. You can further customize each app’s notification settings by selecting it from the list on the left side of this window.

Changing Message Alert Sound

To change the sound for your message alerts, you’ll first need to go to your device’s main Settings. From there, select Apps & Notifications, then tap Notifications. Scroll down and tap Advanced > Default notification sound. You’ll now be presented with a list of available sounds. Tap the one you’d like to use as your message alert sound, and it will be assigned as the new alert sound for incoming messages.

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Stopping Ding Notifications

To stop dinging notifications, you can turn off the sounds and vibrations associated with them. To do this, tap your profile picture, then tap Settings, followed by Notifications. Then, toggle the ‘Disable Sounds & Vibrations’ option on or off to set a start and end time for when you want the dinging notifications to be silenced.

Turning Off Annoying Notifications on Mac

To turn off annoying notifications on your Mac, go to Apple menu > System Preferences and click Notifications in the sidebar. On the right side of the Notifications window, you’ll see a list of apps and websites that have access to send notifications. To turn off an app’s notifications, simply click it and uncheck the box next to “Allow Notifications”. You won’t receive notifications from that app until you check the box again.


In conclusion, the MacBook notification sound is a versatile and customizable feature that allows users to tailor their sound preferences to their individual needs. With the ability to customize alert sounds, as well as power chimes and startup sounds, Mac users can have full control over the audio experience on their devices. By changing the alert sound, setting its volume and even turning off the startup sound, Mac users can make sure their notifications are heard loud and clear.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.