With the MagSafe charger used on MacBooks for years, it was easy to see if the device was charging and if it was fully charged simply by looking at the status LED. With the introduction of the 2015 MacBook, Apple decided to ditch MagSafe, and the charging LED, in favour of USB-C. As a result, Apple brought the charging sound present in iOS over to the new MacBook, and subsequently to the MacBook Pro with the 2016 refresh. By default, the charging sound is disabled for MacBooks that charge via MacSafe, but ever since macOS 10.10.3, the sound is preset on every single Mac. If you want to enable the charging sound on your older MacBook for some added personality or confirmation, you can do so quite simply.
Open the Terminal app on your Mac. It can be found in the Utilities folder, which is found under the Applications folder.
With Terminal open, enter or copy and paste the following command:
defaults write com.apple.PowerChime ChimeOnAllHardware -bool true; open /System/Library/CoreServices/PowerChime.app &
With the command entered in, hit the return key. If the changes don’t take place immediately, restart you Mac.
You’re done! It’s that simple. If you want, you can follow this tutorial if you want to customize the charging sound. If you ever want to revert the changes, simply replace the “true” in the command with “false” or enter in the following command in Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.PowerChime ChimeOnAllHardware -bool false; open /System/Library/CoreServices/PowerChime.app &
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