startup screen big 150x150 How to disable the startup sound of your MacThere can be many reasons why you want to mute your Mac while booting. The loud “bong” sound can be quite annoying when you are in a meeting or classroom, and turning on your MacBook Pro or MacBook. It is however possible to change the volume of the startup sound, or even completely disable it if you are looking for that option. There are several ways to do this; I’ll guide you through three of them.

Holding the Mute-button: If you are using a newer Mac with a new keyboard, you can just keep holding the ‘Mute’ button while booting your system. You will need to keep holding this button until the Apple logo will appear on your screen. This will however only temporarily mute the sound, and it will be loud again at the next reboot.

Changing the volume: You can also turn down the volume before you shutdown your Mac, this way you will not hear the “bong” sound but you will have to change the volume if you want to hear anything at all. Not the best way, and especially annoying if you are sharing the system with others, who may not know what the problem is.

Full-control: If you want to take full control, and make changes that will stick. We suggest that you use the application StartupSound.prefpane, this cool app lets completely mute the startup sound or change the system volume. There are more similar applications available, but there isn’t one that comes close to the easiness of StartupSound.

Use this application if you want to disable the startup sound of your Mac under Mac OS X Lion.

16 Responses to How to disable the startup sound of your Mac

  1. Opencarter
    Jul 22, 2011

    SoundPrefPane does not seem to work in Lion. Any alternative? Apple should really create a switch for this in the sound configuration. It is very annoying.

  2. Ewert
    Jul 25, 2011

    this worked on son Leopard.It’s not anymore possible on Lion

  3. Wayne
    Aug 01, 2011

    I tried everything, and found a little program called Psst.

    Written for an older version, but worked 100% for me. It’s free.

    SoundPrefPane does not seem to work in Lion. It states on their web page, it was a great program. But this seems to work now.

  4. Rick
    Aug 02, 2011

    Used this in SL and worked great. I loved it. Doesn’t run in lion, though. Very sad:(

  5. deftdrummer
    Aug 16, 2011

    I emailed the developer of SoundPrefPane and waiting a response if he / she will add Lion support. I can’t handle this sound anymore enough is enough.

  6. Steve
    Aug 17, 2011

    Thanks Wayne,

    Psst does indeed work!

  7. steve
    Sep 03, 2011

    Neither Psst nor SoundPrefPane work on my iMac (early 2009 vintage) with Lion. Does anyone know of any Terminal scripts that can be used?

  8. Hi
    Nov 14, 2011

    Can you explain why MAC ITSELF does not provide an off switch for it? I’m not d/lg something extra just to disable the useless sound on startup, which I HATE.

  9. jan
    Nov 17, 2011

    the startup sound isnt useless at all!
    it helps you figuring out where’s the problem if your mac is broke.
    so best way is adjusting the loudness to a minimum but dont turn it off completely!

  10. Benji
    Jan 26, 2012

    You can disable the startup chime on your OSX Lion based MacBook or Mac desktop with this free utility:

    • YourDailyMac Staff
      Jan 26, 2012

      Thank you, article updated.

    • Robert
      Feb 17, 2012

      it still doesnt work! (lion 10.7.3) :( ((

  11. jean
    Feb 04, 2012

    only f…..g apple needs application to do such basic thing as is disabling annoying sound on startup…

    • Asinine Monkey
      Feb 10, 2012

      Actually, you fool, they don’t. Simply mute your volume before shutting down and the chime goes away on next boot. Hardly rocket science?

      Only PC users need antiquated BIOS screens/beeps and stupid “Keyboard Error. Press F1 to continue” messages to make them feel superior.

      • ANON
        Feb 15, 2012


  12. Koninda
    Apr 10, 2012

    Different Mac models and different OS versions behave differently. None of the three listed solutions work on my MacBook Pros, a 2008 version and a 2011 version, running Lion. I’m glad if they work for you. I, and many thousands of other Mac users, would be glad if Apple provided a reliable way to have a choice in this matter.

    Each of us has different needs and preferences. It is ironic that the Mac was launched with the “1984″ commercial, and now Apple is telling us that THEY will control the behavior of the Macs that we buy, and that there will not be any easy, consistent, reliable way for us to get the startup chime behavior that we want, as individuals. Personally, I like the startup chime, and would be pleased to hear it nine times out of ten. The tenth time it may be a major annoyance. I want to decide on the chime at startup, not at the previous shutdown. Others have different desires. In any case, Apple prevents many of us from deciding, with several of the hardware and OS configurations.

    When I’ve spent a couple of thousand dollars for a computer, why isn’t it MY computer? Why is Apple deciding that they know better than I whether restarting after the latest Software Update should wake my wife or not?

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