How to Change Notification Sounds on Android

Bored with the same old dings and monotones that alert you of any notifications? Luckily, you don’t have to wait for upgrades or buy a whole new Android phone to change things up! Changing your notification sounds may seem like a basic task, but you could make your Android experience completely new. Android phones are highly customizable, so make good use of all the features it has. It requires just a few steps to learn how to customize your phone and give it a personality.

You have a lot of customization options! You can up your notification sounds with several different tones, or even have your phone play a phrase for you. This could be “X is calling” or “You have a Facebook message!”. If you’re more into the nostalgic stuff, set your ringtone to the old Nintendo music such as Super Mario. You can also set it up to play a favorite line from a movie or song.

Related: Apps that Change Notifications for The Better

Method 1: How to Change Notification Sounds on Default

Besides mastering your Android notification bar, the simplest way of changing notification sounds on an Android phone is through the built-in process. This is nearly the same, no matter which phone you’re using – quite an advantage of the Android system.

1. Go to Settings, then Sound and Notification.

If you don’t know how to get to your settings, check our quick guide “Ways to Go to My Phone Settings on Android”.

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2. Select Notification Sounds

Pick the service you want to customize the sounds for. It could be calls, messages or different apps.

Notification Sounds
Notification Sounds

3. Select the sound you want from the list, then press OK

You will hear the sound when you tap on it. Also, if you want to select ringtones from your media files, they should be present on the list as well.

Notification Tones
Notification Tones

Method 2: How to Customize Notification Sounds with 3rd Party Apps

You can either make your own ringtones or choose from the ones an app provides. For this, we’ve used a third-party app called Zedge. You can also use this app to set different wallpapers and to customize your phone even further. There are many other alternatives available for this.

1. Download the app and install it

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2. Open the app and press the menu button

Tap the menu button on the top left part of the screen. After the side menu opens, tap Ringtones.

3. Select the Sound You Want

Select the sound you like from the list – you can preview them by clicking on them, then set them as notification for what you want.

Set Ringtone

And now you’re good to go! There are lots of options for you with this app, so you can customize your Android phone to the extent that you like.

Method 3: How to Change Notifications According to Apps

Nowadays, we rarely use the built-in communication options that we get with our phone. That happens simply because there are better options. This doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t customize third-party apps with the sounds that you love! We’ll show you how to change the notification sounds for WhatsApp, and Facebook Messanger.

How to Change WhatsApp Notification Sounds

If you don’t have the WhatsApp app, you can download it from here.

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1. Tap on the Menu and go to Settings

Tap on the three dots on the top right corner of the screen. Then select Settings from the short drop-down menu.


2. Tap on Notification tone and Select Your Ringtone App

You can either choose from the default sounds (by choosing Themes as the app) or try something new and set a notification sound through a third-party app.

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Change notification sounds

You can also customize the notification light (if you have this option) or set different ringtones according to the type of notification you’re getting.

How to Change Facebook Messenger Notifications

Facebook Messenger currently requires installing an app separately from Facebook. If you don’t have the app, you can download it here.

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1.Go to Settings, then tap Notifications

Tap on your profile picture on the top left of the screen, then go to Notifications&Sounds.

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2. Select One of the Pre-loaded Ringtones Available

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Select ringtone

This app doesn’t allow any ringtones apart from the pre-loaded ones at the moment.

If you’re using Facebook Lite, then you cannot change the notification sounds at all. You can either set your phone on vibrate or leave the tone as it is. With your phone on silent or vibrate, you’d get the LED notification light.

What Questions People Have

What Questions People Have

What is the best method to change notification sounds?

Even if the built-in options might seem to be the easiest way, they are quite limited. So we’d say that using a third-party app will give you more customizable options to change notification sounds.

Why should you customize notification sounds?

It’s a matter of personal choice. If you want to make your phone more personal, then you should select a ringtone that you like, rather then stick to the default option. But there’s nothing wrong with leaving it as it is!

How else can I customize my Android device?

You can change the whole appearance of your Android phone! The Android OS is highly customizable, so you can do almost whatever you like. If you want to know more, we recommend you read our article “Best Apps to Customize Your Android Device’s Appearance”.

Change Notification Sounds – Make the Phone Your Own

It only takes a few steps to change the notification sounds on your Android device. You can keep things interesting and customize the sounds as you want to! And the best part is that you can enjoy additional options whenever you update your Android phone.

If you want to see more of what your phone can do, check out our article “Incredible Android Hacks You’ve Probably Never Heard”.

So what method did you find more useful? Let us know in the comments down below!

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    1. Hi Gina, you can actually do that from the messenger app but it may be available for some phones. Can you share with us the model of your phone so we can verify if it’ll work for you or not?

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