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How to turn off messages sound effects on Mac

Are you tired of hearing the swoosh sound every time you send or receive a message? Don’t worry, I have been there too. While it sounds fancy on the iPhone, the same isn’t true for the Mac, especially if you are at a workplace. So, in this guide, I’ll show how to turn off the message sound effect on Mac.

How to turn off message sounds on Mac

Fortunately, there are a handful of ways to achieve this goal. Let’s explore them all.

Method 1: Via Message settings

  1. Launch the Messages app on Mac.
  2. Click Messages on the Menu bar → Choose Settings.

    Click Messages on menubar choose Settings
  3. Now, uncheck Play sound effects.


That’s all! You’ll no longer hear the whooshing sound whenever you send a text in a message.

Method 2: From System Settings

  1. Click the Apple logoSystem Settings.

    Click Apple Logo and System Settings in macOS
  2. Select Notifications on the left pane → Choose Messages.
  3. Toggle off Play sound for notification.

After making this change, you will no longer hear any annoying sound notifications when messages are received on your Mac.

Method 3: Silence your Mac via Keyboard

  1. Press the mute switch (F10) on your Keyboard.
  2. Now, you’ll not hear any multimedia sounds until you manually enable the system sounds.
  3. Press F10 again to revert your action.


Method 4: Enable Focus mode

Manually enabling and disabling the messages sound on Mac can very soon become hectic. If you’re looking to silence the messages app for a respective period, using Focus mode on Mac is the best alternative. It can automate this task for the chosen time frame without you having to remember or worry about the iMessage notification sound on Mac. 

As a result, you can ensure minimal distractions during work hours and maintain uninterrupted workflow while still receiving important notifications. 

Do iMessage sound changes apply to all my Apple devices? 

No, the settings are specific to each device. If you want to disable message sound effects on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to adjust the settings on each device individually.

Can I disable message sounds temporarily without changing settings?

Yes, if you’re looking for a quick solution, you can enable the Do Not Disturb mode for your Mac and silence all notifications at once.

Silence the swoosh!

Whether you’re working on a project or just not wanting to hear the swoosh sound on your Mac, I hope this guide helps.

If you have any further questions regarding notifications or alert sounds on your Mac, do let me know in the comments. I’d be more than happy to provide you with a solution.

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    Jibin Joseph is an editor at iGeeksBlog and has excellent attention to detail. He is a voracious reader, with interests ranging from philosophy and history to geopolitics and tech. When not reading or correcting grammar, you’d find him engaging in discussions about football. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @4ibin.

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