Occasionally my MacBook Pro makes the "whoosh" sound. It is the same one you you hear when dragging an icon off the dock and it goes "poof".

I never notice anything different.

What is it doing?

  • What are you doing when it happens. You just sitting staring at the screen and it does it? Is there an app running in the backgroud? – Troggy Jul 27 '09 at 21:36
  • I have a lot of apps running... never tried to systematically test it – Corey Floyd Jul 27 '09 at 21:37

Do you use iChat or Messages? The same noise is used to indicate one of your buddies has signed out.

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    Wow, thats cryptic. I never even realized. I switch back and forth between Adium. Thanks. – Corey Floyd Jul 27 '09 at 21:38
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    Always impressive to see somebody diagnose a question involving sound-effects :) – Sampson Jul 27 '09 at 21:48
  • Funny story: I had the same problem with Adium - I couldn't figure out where those sounds were coming from until I finally realized that it was supposed to be a duck quacking (or something). – Kyle Cronin Jul 27 '09 at 22:04
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was driving me crazy. Found via google search "my mac keeps on making wooshing noises" (hoping to push it up the search rankings for other hapless souls experiencing this problem!) – Adam Davis Oct 13 '10 at 0:25
  • Oh man you're a saint. That was bugging me for an hour and I couldn't find a way to search for it haha "mac whoosh alert" finally brought me here :) – AlienWebguy Apr 24 '12 at 18:50

the swoosh sounds can be found by right clicking on ichat in the application folder and selecting show package content then go into contents then resources and its "buddy logging in.aiff" and "buddy logging out.aiff"


Do you use apple mail?

If so, it could be an email being sent and playing the sent email sound.

  • The Mail send sound is similar to the dock removal sound, but the iChat buddy sign off is the exact same. – Kyle Cronin Jul 27 '09 at 21:38
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    Yeah, thats more shwoooooowwwhhh. ha. – Corey Floyd Jul 27 '09 at 21:53
  • lol yeah i suppose it is :P – Alexis Hirst Jul 28 '09 at 8:19

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