Mac OS X: Turning Off Volume Change Sounds

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The sound that plays whenever I adjust the volume on my Mac bothers me to no end. Yes, I’m lowering my volume. No, you don’t need to inform me of this with a weird squirty clicking sound. I’ve turned mine off, and with this tip, I’m hoping you will, too. Don’t worry, though—I’ll still mostly love you even if you don’t. Mostly.

So to switch off this wretched abuse of an alert sound, go to System Preferences and choose the Sound pane. Click on the Sound Effects tab, and then deselect “Play feedback when volume is changed.” 

As an aside, the second most terrible use of sound effects (to me, anyway) is the iOS keyboard click. To make it so that all you hear when you’re typing on your iPhone is blessed silence, go to Settings > Sounds. Then scroll to the very bottom and toggle the “Keyboard Clicks” preference off. (On the iPad, it’s under General > Sounds.) Ah, much better.

For the love of Pete, please turn this off.

 

 

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11 Comments Leave Your Own

ilikeimac

Nice one. I had no idea that could be turned off. Judging by some screen shots I Googled it’s been there since at least Panther. I guess I never looked for a way to turn it off because I considered it a necessary annoyance (unless music or some other sound is playing).

Paul

Of course sometimes that sound DOES come in handy - What I have always done is if you DON’T want to hear the sound then hold down the shift key when changing the volume. (I wonder if after turning the sound off you would hear the sound if you held the shift key down?)

James C

Apparently, yes smile

ilikeimac

if you DON?T want to hear the sound then hold down the shift key

Awesome; that tip I will definitely use.

Melissa Holt

What I have always done is if you DON?T want to hear the sound then hold down the shift key when changing the volume.

Great tip, Paul. smile

McDughf

Bad as the sound may be, I use it to test the volume level whenever I connect my mac to speakers

Melissa Holt

Bad as the sound may be, I use it to test the volume level whenever I connect my mac to speakers

Hey McDughf,

As Paul and James noted above, you can hold down the Shift key if you have the sounds turned off to make them temporarily come back on. smile

packzap

How would one change the sound associated with the volume toggle?  For example, lets say I want my Mac to ding every time I press the increase/decrease volume key.

Melissa Holt

How would one change the sound associated with the volume toggle?

Hey packzap,

As far as I know, this is the easiest way to do it.

Leah Orig

Thank you for this tip. Now I don’t have that annoying sound anymore smile

Melissa Holt

You’re welcome, Leah! Happy to help. smile

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