How to change alert sounds on Mac

If you try to do something that is not allowed on your Mac, it responds with a loud, annoying warning beep. Don’t worry, you can change the alert tone and volume in System Preferences on your Mac.

To get started, click the Apple icon in the menu bar and select the “System Preferences” option.

Navigate to the Sounds section.

Here on the Sound Effects tab, look at the Select a Warning Sound section.

You can choose between 14 different sound effects. Select a sound effect to switch to. We found that the “submerge” effect is a good balance between playful and calming.

Select Submerge Sound Effect for Alert Sound on Mac

Next, you can also lower the warning volume so that the warning tone is not too jarring.


In the Alarm Volume section, drag the slider to the left to decrease the alarm volume.

Change the alert sound on Mac

And that’s it. You are done. The next time you try to click a greyed out button, you won’t be shocked by the loud noise coming from your Mac’s speakers (or worse, straight into your AirPods).

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