How to Turn Ringer Off on Macbook

Turning off the ringer on a Macbook is a straightforward process.

When we talk about the ringer on a MacBook, we’re usually referring to the sound notifications that come through when you have incoming calls – this could be when via apps like FaceTime or Skype.

Let’s look at the process of managing these sound notifications via your System Settings, formerly known as System Preferences.

Step-by-Step Guide to Silencing the Ringer on Mac

Accessing System Settings: Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and select ‘System Settings’ from the dropdown menu.


Navigating to Notifications: Once in System Settings, click on ‘Notifications’. This section allows you to manage all of the notifications on your MacBook.


You can toggle the “Allow Notifications” option to off if you want to disable them on your Mac.

Perhaps more useful here is the ability to turn off Notifications on each individual app. For example, FaceTime is a common one that users want to answer on iPhone only, not on Macbook.


When you click into FaceTime within Notifications, you’ll be able to turn them off completely, as well as more customizable settings depending on your own preference.

Alternative Methods for Managing Ringer Notifications Using Do Not Disturb

If you don’t want to mute your alerts permanently, you can use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature instead. This will allow you to focus on what you’re doing for a specified period of time.

And funnily enough, you can find this under Focus. First, click on the Control Center, which can be found in the Apple menu bar.


Once you’ve clicked on Focus, you should then be able to enable it – either indefinitely, for an hour or until later in the evening.


You can also find this from going into System Settings app and then selecting Focus, which enables you to customize this a little more.


Customizing the sound notifications, including the ringer on your MacBook, allows you to control when and how you receive alerts.

Whether you’re in a meeting, working in a noise-sensitive environment, or just prefer a quieter workspace, these steps will ensure that your MacBook adheres to your personal preferences.



Full-time writer, Apple fanboy and macOS supremacist. Currently running: 16" Macbook Pro w/ 64GB RAM & M1 Max. Already wants to upgrade to the M3 😫😭

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