How to disable startup sound on your Mac


Whenever you startup your Mac, it starts with a loud chime. If you are fed up of listening this sound everytime, you may disable it. You may silently turn on your Mac by making some changes. However, you may mute the startup by holding down the Mute key just before you shut it down but if you want to disable it permanently, here we will give you step by step guidance to do that.

How to temporarily stop startup sound on your Mac?

However, this startup sound lets you know that your system is starting up properly but still you don’t like it, you may disable it. The startup sound depends on the volume level your Mac set to when it was shut down. To disable this start up sound temporary, follow these steps:

  • To disable the loud startup sound, press the “Mute” button on your keyboard before shutting down or restarting your Mac. If you don’t have any idea about the volume level set on your Mac, you may do this to mute the sound immediately.
  • In case you don’t have mute key on your keyboard, you may do the same using Volume slider on your Mac screen.

How to permanently stop startup sound on your Mac?

If you want to disable boot up sound permanently, you need to make some system changes using commands in Terminal. Follow these steps:

  • Launch “Terminal” on your Mac. To do so, either search for Terminal directly from Spotlight or go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.




  • When Terminal window is open, simply enter the below command to disable the boot chime and press Enter:
sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=%80
  • While using a “sudo” command here, you will be asked to enter the admin password.
  • From now, when you will start up your Mac, it will be completely silent, with no sound whatsoever.
  • In case you want to reverse the changes, enter the below command in Terminal and hit “Enter.”
sudo nvram -d SystemAudioVolume

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