How to Turn Off Notification Sounds on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In today’s digital age, notifications have become an integral part of our lives. They keep us informed and connected, but sometimes the constant sound alerts can be quite distracting.

If you’re a Mac user and find yourself wanting to turn off notification sounds, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu icon located on the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Access Notifications

Within the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Notifications” icon. This will open the Notifications settings panel.

Step 3: Choose App

In the left-hand sidebar of the Notifications settings panel, you will see a list of apps installed on your Mac that have notification capabilities. Select the app(s) for which you want to turn off notification sounds.


If you wish to disable notification sounds for all apps at once, scroll down to the bottom of the left-hand sidebar and click on “Do Not Disturb”. This will apply the changes globally.

Step 4: Modify Notification Settings

After selecting an app in step 3, you will see various options appear on the right-hand side of the Notifications settings panel. Look for an option called “Play sound for notifications” or something similar.

  • If this option is enabled (usually indicated by a checkmark), click on it to disable it.
  • If this option is already disabled, no further action is required as notification sounds are already turned off for that particular app.

Step 5: Repeat for Other Apps

If you have multiple apps for which you want to turn off notification sounds, repeat steps 3 and 4 for each app individually.

Step 6: Close System Preferences

Once you have made the desired changes to your notification sound settings, close the System Preferences window. Your new settings will be applied immediately.


If you ever wish to re-enable notification sounds for any app, simply go back to the Notifications settings panel and follow the same steps outlined above, but enable the “Play sound for notifications” option instead.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned off notification sounds on your Mac. Now you can enjoy a distraction-free work environment without any annoying interruptions.

Remember, it’s essential to strike a balance between staying informed and staying focused. By customizing your notification settings, you can tailor your Mac experience to suit your needs and preferences.

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