How to Use a Custom Notification Sound on an Android Device
Notifications are an essential part of any smartphone. They let you know when to pay attention to your phone. However, with a touch of customization, you can take your notification game to the next level.
If you want to know how to set custom notification sounds on your Android device, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you’ll learn exactly how to do so.
How to Use Custom Notification Sounds for an Individual App on Android
While different apps come with their own unique notification sounds and beeps, you may want to customize the sounds. Here are simple steps you can follow to accomplish this:
- Open “Settings” on your Android phone.
- Click on “Apps & Notifications.”
- Click on “See all Apps” to select the app for which you’d like to customize the notification sound.
- You should see a list of all the apps that support push notifications on your device. Go ahead and select the one you wish to customize.
- A new modal should open up. Click “Notifications” to proceed.
- You should now see a list of all notifications. Go ahead and click on the specific notification you’d like to customize
- A widget should open with several options about the type of notification you selected above. Click on “Sound” and select the tone that sounds best for you.
- Save your newly made changes.
That was easy, right? Now, whenever a notification trickles in, you should hear the sound you have just selected instead of the default sound. You can also repeat the process for as many apps as possible.
How to Use Custom Notification Sounds for Chats
Here’s how you can set custom notification sounds for all the text messages on your Android device:
- Open the default messaging app.
- Open “Menu” and click on “Settings.”
- Choose “Notifications” and then click on “sound.”
- From the options, select your preferred tone.
If you don’t want any sound notification for your text messages, you can select “none”. Also, you can opt for a simple vibration if buzzes aren’t your thing by selecting “vibration”.
How to Use Custom Notification Sounds for Individual Chats
Some Android-based models allow you to customize sounds for individual chats. This can be especially helpful if you have high-priority chats from your contact list, like work or from loved ones. The feature can also help you identify who is texting just by listening to the notification sound.
Here’s how to set custom notification sounds on Samsung:
- Launch the messages app on your device.
- Select the chat in question.
- Select Notifications and sounds.
- A widget should open up showing you several operations that you can perform on your messages.
- Select the now active “Custom notifications” option.
- Click the toggle button beside “Custom notifications”
- A modal should open up with a “Sound” option
- Click on the sound option to choose the song or tone that you want to apply to the selected chat.
How to Use Custom Notification Sounds for Gmail
Gmail is an app that connects us to other professionals regardless of location. As a result, it’s critical to have a custom notification sound for it, so that you don’t fail to open one of those urgent emails on time.
Here’s how to set a customized notification sound for Gmail:
- On your Android phone, open the Gmail app.
- Tap the hamburger menu in the left corner of the screen.
- Scroll down and click on “Settings.”
- Choose the email address for which you want to customize notification sounds.
- Click on “Notification sounds.”
- Click on “Advanced,” then go to “Sound.”
- Select the tone that meets your taste from the provided options.
How to Use Custom Notification Sounds for Call Ringtones
Choosing a suitable notification sound for your phone is essential. The sound that you choose should be loud enough and appropriate for when you get those abrupt calls in crowds.
Here’s how to customize the notification sound for your phone calls:
- On your mobile phone, open “Settings.”
- Select “sound.”
- Click on “ringtone” and you should now be presented with default tones from the manufacturer.
- Click on each tone to get a gist of how it sounds.
- Select a tone that you like best and set it as the ringtone.
Note: Android phones vary a lot due to high-end customization options. Therefore, the names mentioned above may differ from one device to another but they mean pretty much the same thing.
As another option, you can set a ringtone from your Music App. To do this, follow these steps:
- Launch the default Android music app on your phone
- Select any song that you’d like to set as a ringtone
- A widget should pop up with all the actions for the currently selected song.
- Tap on the three dots on the right.
- From the options, select “set as ringtone.”
The music player allows you to set your favorite song as a ringtone for the following as well:
- Phone calls
- Text messages
- Alarm clock
- Calendar reminders
Where can I find custom sounds for my notifications?
Finding custom sounds for your notifications is quite easy. You can decide to record your own audio using the built-in sound recorder that you can find on your device. You can then edit this audio with the aid of free audio editors that are available on the Google Play.
Some audio editors are simple and only allow for simple trims and cuts. Other editors, on the other hand, are really robust and enable you to add sound effects to your audio. All of which can make your notification sound more appealing. Alternatively, you can use Audacity. Audacity is an open-source desktop-based audio editor that will give you all the capabilities you need in an audio editor.
As another option, you can use the music you already have on your device as a notification sound.
How do you change the generic notification sound for all notifications?
1. Launch “Settings.”
2. Scroll down to “Apps &Notifications”
3. Click on “Notifications”
4. Choose “Advanced”
5. Go to “Default notification Sound.”
6. From the given options, select a tone that you like best.
Take Back Control of How Your Notifications Sound
Notifications are important, but they can be overwhelming at times. Having control over your notification sounds helps you filter out what is important from what isn’t. As a result, you can choose which sound you should pay attention to, and which one should remain on the fluff list.
Have you tried using custom notifications on your Android device yet? How was the experience? Let us know in the comments section below.