Muting the LG MS2596OW Microwave

When the microwave we had been using for several years failed recently, a family member passed on to us an LG MS2596OW microwave to use. The microwave is fine except for the mind-flippingly irritating electronic tune that it constantly plays when cooking finishes.  The user manual provides no assistance in disabling the sound, but thanks to a suggestion from a review site, I learned that it is possible to mute the sound on this microwave by holding the Clear and Keep Warm buttons for 5 seconds. Peace at last!

You can repeat the procedure to turn the sound back on again, but the only reason you’d want to do that is to demonstrate how annoying the sound is when a visitor asks why the microwave doesn’t beep.

Note that if the power to the microwave is disconnected, the mute setting doesn’t stick, so you have to mute it again when the power is reconnected.

29 thoughts on “Muting the LG MS2596OW Microwave

  1. Thx for this Lachlan, I put up with it for years with a previous model. It died recently and we replaced it with this one. Peace at last 🙂

  2. No idea why LG would ever think in a million years that the annoying, endless chime at the end of cooking would be a good idea. Infuriating.

  3. Thank you. My university library uses these microwaves, and they are right next to a quiet study area. When lunch time or 5 o’clock comes around, it starts to chip away at my sanity. Hundreds of students don’t know it, but they owe you a debt of gratitude.

  4. Lachlan
    You star!
    Thanks for posting this tip. You’ve saved my sanity from those annoying beeps! My model no. is MS2596OB and your cunning trick has silenced it, once and for all.
    Outstanding.
    Cheers Dan

  5. Thanks! My LG MS4296 has slightly different button labels to your microwave. In the location where yours has “keep warm”, ours says “steam cook”. Works the same though, hold clear and steam cook for a few seconds, the screen says says “off”, all beeps and tones are gone.

  6. What’s the problem with the noise, I’ve had it for a few months and it’s just a 3 second tune that plays to tell you your foods ready? Would you prefer an Alert beep??

    • I prefer no beep. What’s interesting after having had the microwave muted for the last year, is the realisation of how completely unnecessary the alert sound is. While operating, the microwave makes a low sound as the turntable rotates. When that sound stops I know the cooking has finished. No electronic bipping, beeping, ringing or chirping is required at all. I guess for some people in a noisy environment an alert is handy, but in my situation it is superfluous.

    • Thank you so much for this, Lachlan! Worked the same on the MS2596OW, it nearly went back to the shop.
      It comes down to what you’re used to. I’ve visited Korea a few times (where LG are based), and *everything* there makes noises like this; the toilet when you sit on it, the front door when you open it, cars, elevators, the rice cooker when it’s done (for about 30 seconds!)… kitchen appliances in general are a cacophony.
      We live in a very quiet household, so the silence is much appreciated. 🙂

  7. New microwave, yay! Beeping sound, oh noooo. Thank you for posting this, from me and all for future microwave owners of this machine.

  8. I have an LG neo chef inverter microwave.
    Pressed the Inverter cook and the Stop/cancel button for about 5 seconds until Off displays on panel.

    • I cannot thank you enough. What a ridiculously irritating sound. I am dumbfounded as to who in the product development department of LG thought that this was a good idea SMH

    • This did it for mine too! Thanks! For Google: LG Neo Chef smart inverter microwave Microwave Oven
      MS2336DB turn off sound.

      I do not know why they don’t put it in the manual!

      • INCREDIBLE.
        Been enduring this thing for the better part of the year, finally got around to digging through the manual and couldn’t believe there was no explained option.

        So funny to see so many people with the same problem too.

        Thanks Martin for the fix and Lachlan for raising the topic…

  9. Thank you so much for your post! I have serious buyers remorse (what kind of microwave can only change the time by turning off the unit??) but at least now the irritating noise has stopped and I don’t have to hurl it into the sun.

  10. Thank you so much!!! I had this machine delivered today and it made the noise twice before I was running to the internet to find an answer. Only other option was to send it back to hell.

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