System Turn On or Off Notification Sounds in Windows 11


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Notifications are alerts from apps, system, and other senders.

Windows 11 shows notifications on the lock screen (Win+L), Notification Center (Win+N), and notification banners at the lower-right corner of the screen above the taskbar on the main display.

A sound will play by default when a notification arrives.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off notification sounds from all or specific senders for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Notification Sounds for All Senders in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Notification Sounds for Specific Senders in Settings
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Notification Sounds for All Senders using REG file
  • Option Four: Turn On or Off Notification Sounds for Specific Senders in Registry Editor




Option One

Turn On or Off Notification Sounds for All Senders in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Notifications on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Notifications settings

Notification_sounds_Settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on Notifications on the right side to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Turn On (default) or Off Allow notifications to play sounds for what you want. (see screenshot below)

Notification_sounds_Settings-2.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Notification Sounds for Specific Senders in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Notifications on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Notifications settings

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3 Click/tap on the app or sender (ex: "Mail") you want on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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4 Turn On (default) or Off Play a sound when a notification arrives for what you want. (see screenshot below)

The Play a sound when a notification arrives setting will be grayed out if notifications have been turned off.


Notification_sounds_Settings-4.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Three

Turn On or Off Notification Sounds for All Senders using REG file


1 Do step 2 (off) or step 3 (on) below for what you want.

2 Turn Off Notification Sounds for All Senders

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_notification_sounds_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Notifications\Settings]
"NOC_GLOBAL_SETTING_ALLOW_NOTIFICATION_SOUND"=dword:00000000

3 Turn On Notification Sounds for All Senders

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_notification_sounds_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Notifications\Settings]
"NOC_GLOBAL_SETTING_ALLOW_NOTIFICATION_SOUND"=-

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




Option Four

Turn On or Off Notification Sounds for Specific Senders in Registry Editor


1 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

2 Navigate to the key location below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Notifications\Settings

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3 Under the Settings key in the left pane, click/tap on the app (ex: "Microsoft.YourPhone_8wekyb3d8bbwe!YourPhoneMessages") you want. (see screenshot above)

4 Go to step 5 (on) or step 6 (off) for what you want for this app.

5 Turn On Play Sound for Notification from App

This is the default setting.


A) In the right pane of the app's key (ex: "Microsoft.YourPhone_8wekyb3d8bbwe!YourPhoneMessages"), right click or press and hold on the SoundFile string (REG_SZ) value, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below step 2)​

If you do not have a SoundFile string (REG_SZ) value, then this app is already set to play a notification sound. Go to step 7.


B) Click/tap Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)​

notification_sound_regedit-3.png

C) Go to step 7 when finished.​

6 Turn Off Play Sound for Notification from App

A) In the right pane of the app's key (ex: "Microsoft.YourPhone_8wekyb3d8bbwe!YourPhoneMessages"), double click/tap on the SoundFile string (REG_SZ) value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2)​

If you do not have a SoundFile string (REG_SZ) value, then right click or press and hold on an empty area in the right pane, click/tap on New, click/tap on String Value, type SoundFile for the name, and press Enter.


B) Leave the Value data empty (blank), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​

notification_sound_regedit-2.png

C) Go to step 7 when finished.​

7 When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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