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How to set different notification sounds for apps on android

Set different notification sounds for apps on Android

Do you want to set different notification sounds for apps on your Android phone? Here’s the step-by-step guide for you. 

Notifications are important and inevitable, but they can quickly become a distraction when you keep checking your phone at frequent intervals. 

The default settings of notification sounds in android phones can be rather lackluster and sometimes a bit overwhelming. 

That’s one of the reasons you need to assign specific tones for different apps. This way, you’d be able to recognize important notifications and differentiate them from those you can attend to later.

Do you want incoming emails to sound different from your regular calendar alert? Your Android smartphone can offer you a personalized and more welcoming experience. 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up custom sounds for each app so that important notifications aren’t ignored unknowingly.


How to Set a Custom Alert Sound in Settings

You can set up and change custom notification sounds through the default phone settings. It’s important to note that the steps to do this may slightly vary from one android device to another. 

  • On your Android phone, go to Settings > Apps > Your apps. The menu names may be slightly different on some phones— we’ll be using Samsung in this guide.
  • Find the app you wish to set a custom tone for and tap it.
  • On the app info page, click on Notifications and toggle on the slider button for Show notifications.
  • You will be able to view several notification categories under the Other section on the Notifications page specific to all apps, such as General or device-level notifications. Select the appropriate category and select Alert.
  • On the Notification category page, go down to the Sound section. It’ll show the default tone enabled for the app. Click on Sound and choose your preferred notification tone from the list to change the presets.

How to Use Your Preferred Audio Files as Priority Tones

Whether you’re a fan of techno beats, classical strings, or notification tones that sound like vintage phones, the default sounds just don’t cut it sometimes. They’re usually generic, boring, and quite lackluster to the ears. 

If you’d like to set custom sounds for different apps on your Android smartphone, you can just record audio clips of your own or use the songs in your music library. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Record Realistic Sound Clips

With a little effort, you can record audio clips for yourself with the pre-installed sound recorder app on your Android phone. You can also use apps like Voice Recorder for the purpose.

If you want to edit your recordings, you can use a free audio editing app to trim and edit the sound clips to the right length and file type. Some apps offer advanced features like sound effects creation, multi-track editing, and adding synthesized instruments’ effects.

After editing the recording to your taste, export it as an MP3 file and add it to your Notifications folder. As for this guide, we’ll use MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker.

Download: MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker (Free, in-app purchases available)

Here’s how to edit your audio file:

  • First, install the MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker app, then launch it.
  • Upload the audio file you recorded.
  • Adjust the Start and End handlebars to trim the clip to your preferred length. Also, there are options to mix in sound effects and merge audio files.
  • Tap Save and export the file in MP3 format.

Step 2: Set a song as a Custom Alert

There are chances you might have a lot of music files downloaded on your smartphone. You may use them as a notification alert of sorts. To trim or cut audio files, simply follow the steps listed in the section above. Remember that the audio file needs to be stored locally in the Notifications folder in your file manager app. Follow these steps to do so:

  • On your device, launch the My Files or your File Manager app.
  • Go to Categories > Audio > Music folder(s).
  • Choose the MP3 file of your choice and click on Move. Go back to the notification folder in My Files > Categories > Audio > Notifications and click on Move here to transfer and save the file locally.
  • Once done, go back to Settings > Apps > Your apps and select the app you wish to set up a custom alert for.
  • Go to the Sound settings (as mentioned lier) and you can now see the music file added to the list.
  • Click on the file to set it up as your custom alert tone.

After setting up custom notification alerts on your Android device, you may not be able to hear your ringtone when you’re in a noisy environment. 

To fix this, you can set a custom ringtone with a longer duration or try out some of these quick fixes to make event notifications ring out longer.

Control Your Incoming Notifications With Custom Tones

Many of us get lots of notifications on our smartphones every day. Whether it’s a message from a social media channel you follow or an alert from an important calendar app, keeping track of your notifications could be difficult without setting up custom notification sounds.

Setting notification sounds and using custom tones for frequently-used apps is an excellent way to simplify alerts, personalize your notifications, and keep distractions away.



How do I change the notification sound for individual Apps on Android?

To change the notification sound for individual apps on your Android device, you’ll have to download an app like MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker, launch it, and set up your preferred sounds for different apps on your phone. We’ve outlined the complete steps here in this guide.