How to Create and Set a Custom System Alert Sound in Mac OS X

QuickTime player has multiple benefits; one such is to create a customized system alert sound on your Mac OS X. Explore this information and make your own sound alert.


Your Mac gives you alert when some dialog boxes appear or you make some error on the system running on OS X. If you want to change this alert sound to a customized alert, there is a bit lengthy but sure-shot process.

We have presented step-by-step information on how you can make a custom system alert sound for Mac OS X. You don’t need to download or install any third-party app or software on your Mac.

How to Create and Set a Custom System Alert Sound on Mac

We present this information to spice up your user experience with Mac. Before you create a custom system alert, you can record sound/s with the help of QuickTime to capture an audio clip. Check out the following steps and make your choice of system alert sound.

How to Make a Custom System Alert Sound in Mac OS X

Step #1. Launch QuickTime player on Mac.

Launch QuickTime on Mac

Step #2. Click on File menu → Click on New Audio Recording from the drop-down menu.

Click on New Audio Recording in QuickTime on Mac

Step #3. Click on the Red button and capture sound of your choice.

Record New Audio in QuickTime Player on Mac

Step #4. Click again on the Red button to stop the recording.

Pause Recording in QuickTime on Mac

Note that system alert sound should be kept short and sweet.

Step #5. Click on Edit option → Click on Trim.

Click on Trim in QuickTime Recording

Step #6. Now drag the yellow sliders from both ends to trim the audio.

Trim QuickTime Audio Recording on Mac

Step #7. Click on File again and hit Save.

Save QuickTime Audio on Mac

Step #8. Press Command+Shift+G to launch “Go To Folder” screen.

Step #9. Type in the following path:


Go to Sounds Folder on Mac and Save The QuickTime Audio

Step #10. Assign suitable name to the audio file and hit “Save“.

QuickSound File Location on Mac

Note that file name will become the system alert name.

Now launch Apple menu by click on Apple logo on your Mac.

Step #11. Click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences in Mac

Step #12. Now click Sound.

Click on Sounds in Mac System Preferences

Step #13. And select “Sound Effect” → Locate the sound file you have saved and click on it.

Set Custom Sound Alerts on Mac

This will set a custom sound alert in your Mac OS X.

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