How to Change Notification Sounds on Android [Best Tricks]

Notifications are alerts that tell you if you’ve got a new mail, SMS, or interaction from a social media app. Along with the notification an audio alert is played as well, known as a notification sound. Anytime you’re out and about you’ll be hearing notification sounds from various devices and can also identify from what device brand it’s coming from. This happens when people forget or don’t bother to change their default notification sound.

Ever wanted to have a particular sound effect or part of an audio track as a notification sound because it reminds you of something? Well, today we’ll be showing you how to change notification sounds on your Android device. For this purpose, we’ll be using a Huawei device running EMUI 9.1 paired with Android 9.1. No matter what Android OS version and device you are using, the methods are more or less the same.

How to Change Default Notification Sound from Settings app

Open the Settings App > Navigate to Sounds > Tap on Notification Sounds to browse through the built-in tones or browse through your device to add your own notification sound.

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And that’s it. You’ve changed the notification sound on your Android.

Alternatively, you can also swipe down your notification panel on any screen and tap on the gear icon to enter into the settings app.

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Some devices let you directly open the sound settings by simply pressing the volume up or down key and tapping on the gear icon.

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How to set Custom Notification Sound on Android (using Third-Party app)

The Google Play Store houses a huge number of apps that cater to various needs be it games, social media, tools, and utilities. To change notification sounds, we will be making use of the Zedge app.

Zedge is an app that allows you to customize your Android device by selecting Wallpapers, Ringtones, and Notification Sounds.

Changing notification sounds via the Zedge app

  1. Open the Zedge App, tap on the left menu, and tap on Notification Sounds.
  2. You can use the search bar or the categories section to look for the notification of your choice.
  3. Once you’ve found your preferred notification simply tap on it and tap on the download button that you’ll see at the bottom.
  4. Select the Set Notification.
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And that’s it. You have now set your own custom notification sound.

About the Zedge App

The Zedge app is free to download on the Play Store and contains ads. You can remove the ads by purchasing Zedge Premium. The app scores 4.4 out of 5 stars and weighs in at 25 MB. Zedge is the most widely used app for customization and with proof of its 100 million+ downloads on the Google Play Store.

So far, both ways let you set your notification sounds as the default tone for all your apps. However, there are a few apps that let you set a separate notification sound exclusively for that particular all’s notifications. Having different notification sounds for different apps is good as you can identify from the tone what notifications you have received.

How to Change Specific App’s Notification Sound

Now, WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that allows you to change notification sounds of private and group chats. Let’s take a look at how to change it.

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap on the 3-dots menu towards the top right and select Settings.
  2. Now tap on Notification and select Notification Tone.
  3. Select or browse through the tones you like and set it.
  4. You can now set notification tones for groups and messages.
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Now that you’ve learnt how to change notification sounds on Android and add custom ones, be mindful of what you set as your notification tones. Inappropriate sounds may simply cause problems for others and issues for you.

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