Forum Question: How Do I Assign Custom Alerts On MacOS High Sierra?

When I try to put my own alert audio files into the System>Library>Sounds>, it won’t allow me to paste any audio files into that folder, like in previous OS’s. How do I get my custom alert sounds on MacOS High Sierra?

Comments: 3 Responses to “How Do I Assign Custom Alerts On MacOS High Sierra?”

    6/7/18 @ 9:41 pm

    That’s because you don’t want to put them in the System folder. You want to put them in your user library folder.

    So in the Finder, choose the Go menu and hold the Option key down to reveal the Library. Choose that. This will take you to Users/YourUserName/Library. Then go down into Sounds. Place your audio files there.

    Once you have done that, quit and restart System Preferences if you already have it running. Then they should appear.

    6/8/18 @ 10:20 am

    Thank you, that worked.

    6/14/18 @ 5:02 pm

    I’m curious what you are using those sounds for? I love the idea of putting some custom sounds in my computer and have done so for some things on my phone, but would love to know how you use it.

    Also, I’ll research a little more, but it’s strange and a little frustrating that this doesn’t work for messages. Worked for mail, but not sure if I need that as much. Thanks for the quick tip.

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