Change the alert sounds on Mac
When you try to do something that isn’t allowed, or if your Mac needs your input or more information, an alert message appears on your screen and an alert sound plays. You can change the alert sound and set its volume.
On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Sound in the sidebar. (You may need to scroll down.)
Click the pop-up menu next to “Alert sound” on the right, then choose a sound.
The alert plays when you select it so you can hear how it sounds.
Do any of the following to adjust the alert sound.
Change where you hear alerts: Normally you play sound effects through your computer’s internal speakers, but if another sound output device is available, you can choose it from the pop-up menu next to “Play sound effects through”.
Adjust the volume of alerts: Drag the Alert volume slider. The alert volume is relative to your computer’s output volume, so if you lower the computer’s volume, alert sounds also play more quietly.
Choose to play a sound when your Mac starts up: To hear the startup chime when you restart your Mac, turn on “Play sound on startup”.
Choose whether to hear user interface sound effects: Your Mac plays sound effects when you perform certain actions, such as dragging an item to the Trash. To turn off these sound effects, turn off “Play user interface sound effects”.
Choose whether to hear a sound effect when you change the volume: On some keyboards, when you press one of the volume keys, a sound plays to let you hear the new volume. To prevent this sound, turn off “Play feedback when volume is changed”. To temporarily reverse this setting, hold down the Shift key as you press a volume key. (Not all keyboards have volume keys.)
Tip: You can also have the screen flash when an alert appears. Choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Accessibility in the sidebar. (You may need to scroll down.) Click Audio on the right, then turn on “Flash the screen when an alert sound occurs”.