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How to turn back on the startup chime
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Thorzdad
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May 21, 2020, 08:10 AM
 
I wasn't aware that Apple had turned-off the classic startup sound all Macs have been making since forever. Apparently, the switch started sometime in 2016. Anyway, a site called Mr.Macintosh has found the Terminal command to re-enable the sound.

To enable: sudo nvram StartupMute=%00
Then reboot.

To re-dis-able: sudo nvram StartupMute=%01
Then reboot.

Simply resetting PRAM will re-disable the sound, too.
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May 22, 2020, 09:41 AM
 
Why would you deliberately mute one of your brands iconic items? Everyone knows the Mac startup. Owners love it AND it lets others know that someone is using a Mac.
It makes no sense.
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May 23, 2020, 11:16 AM
 
Beats me. Maybe just another small, quiet, step in the iOSification of MacOS? At least they merely disabled it, and didn’t just remove it.
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May 27, 2020, 03:48 PM
 
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May 27, 2020, 06:18 PM
 
Nothing like hearing your Mac go "BROOOOOOONGGGGG" in your bag at 2:30 a.m. because it’s just installed a security update automatically, as per default setting, eh?

Beyond having to re-load the apps to running state, there is no practical difference between a Mac waking from deep sleep, booting up, or requiring a login for having rebooted after a silent update. Just log in and start working.

The Startup chime was removed from the late 2016 MacBooks Pro onwards because it had outlived its usefulness and had become a useless, and more often than not, annoying, tradition.

When I bought my late '16 MBP, it felt slightly awkward at first, but I haven’t really missed it, despite being a Mac guy since 1989. There have been more situations where it would have been annoying.
     
   
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