How To Turn Off The 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 the mac startup sound.


To Turn Off The 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.


How To Turn Off The Mac Startup Sound/Chime Permanently.

  1. 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 – then type in Terminal.)
  2. Copy the following code:sudo nano /Library/Scripts/sound-off.sh
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  3. Paste it into Terminal.
  4. Enter your system password when prompted to do so.
  5. The following window will then open.
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  6. Copy the following and paste it:
    #!/bin/bash

    osascript -e ‘set volume output muted 1’
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  7. Then press CTRL and O
  8. Followed by CTRL and X to exit the window.
  9. Now you’ll follow the same steps to create a restore script.
  10. Open Terminal on your mac.
  11. Copy the following code:sudo nano /Library/Scripts/sound-on.sh
  12. Paste it into Terminal.
  13. Enter your system password when prompted to do so.
  14. Copy the following and paste it:
    #!/bin/bash
    osascript -e ‘set volume 4’
  15. Then press CTRL and O
  16. Followed by CTRL and X to exit the window.
  17. Once back in the Terminal window again, copy and paste the following: sudo chmod u+x /Library/Scripts/sound-off.sh
  18. Then enter: sudo chmod u+x /Library/Scripts/sound-on.sh
  19. Followed by: sudo defaults write com.apple.loginwindow LogoutHook /Library/Scripts/sound-off.sh
  20. And lastly, sudo defaults write com.apple.loginwindow LoginHook /Library/Scripts/sound-on.sh

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

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

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