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7 Best Fixes for Safari Notification Sound Not Working on Mac
If you prefer Safari as your browser on your Mac, you can organize bookmarks and create Tab Groups to improve browsing. Additionally, you can enable notifications for websites like Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp to stay updated.
Even when minimized, Safari notifications on Mac can still be relied upon. However, if you’re not hearing these sounds and are missing messages on WhatsApp Web, there are simple fixes available.
1. Check Volume Levels on Mac
First, check the most common reason for notification sound issues – volume levels. Similar to managing notifications on iPhone, reducing sounds to avoid distractions may have also lowered notification sounds, resulting in the inability to hear Safari notifications. To check if increasing the volume helps, click the Volume icon in the top-right corner of the Menu bar.
2. Check Safari Notification Settings
The macOS Notification Center, similar to iPhone, allows you to customize app notifications, including website notifications for browsers. Check Safari’s website notification settings on your Mac and enable them manually.
Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search and type “System Settings.” Press Return to open the System Settings app.
Step 2: Click on Notifications in the left sidebar.
Step 3: Under App Notifications, find Safari website notifications.
Step 4: Click on the Safari website notification that you are missing out on. Step 5: Click the toggle next to Allow Notifications.
We suggest turning on the toggles next to ‘Show Notifications on Lock Screen’ and ‘Show in Notification Center’.
Step 6: Close the window and check if the problem is solved.
3. Enable Sound Effects For User Interface
When discussing Safari browser notifications, they are included in the User Interface Sounds on your Mac. To check if the User Interface Sounds are enabled, follow these steps:
1. Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search.
2. Type “System Settings” and press Return to open the System Settings app.
Step 2: Click on Sound in the left sidebar.
Step 3: Enable the feature by turning on the toggle for ‘Play User Interface Sound Effects’.
Step 4: Close the Settings app and check if the problem is solved.
4. Check Website Notification Settings
If you can see the notification badges from Safari on your Mac but are unable to hear the notification sound, check the website notification settings. This solution is more applicable when you don’t receive website notifications, so give it a try.
Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Safari, and press Return to open the Safari browser.
Step 2: Click Safari in the top-left corner of the Menu bar.
Step 3: Select Settings.
Step 4: Click on Websites tab in Settings.
Step 5: Scroll down the left panel, select Notifications.
Step 6: Click the drop-down menu next to the website name with the silent notification sound.
Step 7: Click the drop-down to Allow.
Step 8: Close the window and check for problem resolution.
5. Force Quit and Relaunch Safari
Another troubleshooting method is to force quit and relaunch Safari on your Mac. Save any work in progress because force quitting will close the Safari app entirely and you’ll lose any unsaved work. This will give the browser a fresh start, but you’ll need to reopen all the tabs.
Step 1: Click the Apple logo on the Menu bar.
Step 2: Select Force Quit.
Step 3: Select Safari from the app list and click Force Quit.
Step 4: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Safari, and press Return to relaunch Safari and check if the problem is solved.
6. Clear Safari Cache and Cookies
Clearing the Cache and Cookies in Safari requires logging in again to your favorite websites. Storing data over time causes Safari’s website data to become outdated, resulting in delays and notification issues. To address this, try clearing the Safari cache and cookies. Refer to our post for instructions on how to do this. Keep in mind that after clearing the cache and cookies, you will need to re-enter your login information, and the websites may initially load slowly as a new cache is collected.
7. Update Safari
The last resolution is to update the version of Safari on your Mac. For that, you need to look for a version update of macOS. Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Check For Software Updates, and press Return.
Step 2: Update and install any available updates on your Mac.
Step 3: Relaunch Safari after the update installation to see if the problem is resolved.
These solutions can restore Safari notification sounds on your Mac. You can also read our post if Safari isn’t downloading files on your Mac.
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