Bored with the same old dings and monotones that alert you to any new 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 it 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 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
If you’re just starting out with your Android phone, there may be some confusion about how to change up your notification sounds. Android has several tools built right into its system that can help you make the desired changes. If you find the options too limited, there are several apps with the tones you want!
The main goal here is to choose sounds that are appropriate for your home and work environment. If you have kids at home, any swear words should not be included in your notifications. If you’re frequently in a professional environment, it’s better to stay with neutral tones. You still have a lot of options, and I’ll guide you through them below!
Method 1: 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 in-built process. This is nearly the same no matter which make of phone you’re using; quite an advantage of the Android system. To begin, you have to go through the following steps:
Go to Settings, then My Device.
Select “Sound and Notification”, or just “Sound.”
Select “Default Notification Ringtone/Notification Sound.” This option may not be selectable if your phone in on silent, vibrate, or priority mode.
Select the sound from the list. You’ll hear each sound when you tap on it.
After selection, tap “OK.”
Method 2: Get an App
You may want to have some of your existing media files be part of the notification sounds. This could be a bit of a hassle, requiring you to download a third-party app, such as ES File Explorer.
Download ES File Explorer:
Once you’ve downloaded such a tool, follow the steps below:
Go to Settings.
Select Sound and Notification.
Tap on Default Notification Ringtone.
Select “Use a different app” instead of using the pre-loaded list.
Select “ES File Explorer.”
Activate the sound file you want. This will register it as an Android notification alert. It will then show up on the default list.
Method 3: Change Notifications According to Apps
How to Change WhatsApp Notification Sounds
You may want to change your notification sounds according to the app that’s alerting you. The tone of a Gmail or Facebook message has a unique sound, but WhatsApp may create some confusion. However, each app can have its own customized sound if you wish.
For WhatsApp, try the following:
Click on WhatsApp to open it.
Tap on the three dots in the top right corner of the screen. This will open a pull-down menu.
Tap on Settings.
Tap on Notifications.
You’ll be presented with a list of ringtones. You can listen to each one by selecting it.
If you don’t like the default choices, you’ll again have to install a third-party app for selected other customized sound files.
How to Change Facebook Messenger Notifications
Facebook Messenger currently requires installing an app separately from Facebook.
Download Facebook Messenger:
After you’ve done this, open the Messenger app and follow the instructions below:
Tap on your profile picture on the rightmost menu tab.
Tap on “Notification and Sounds.”
Select one of the pre-loaded ringtones available.
If you want to select a sound file of your own, there is no such option right now. At this point, Facebook Messenger doesn’t allow any ringtones or notification sounds outside of itself, not even with a third-party app.
Fortunately, the selection of tones is quite a wide one when it comes to Facebook.
If you’re using Facebook Lite to conserve space on your phone, there is simply no available option to change the notification sound at all. You can either set your phone on vibrate or leave the tone as is. With vibrate or silent option, you’d get the LED notification light.
Also, the notification tone in Facebook Messenger is the same for both one-on-one chats and group chats.
How to Change Gmail Notification Sounds
If you want to get alerted to your Gmail inbox in a different way, follow the steps below:
It only takes a few steps to change the notifications sounds on your Android device.
Keep things interesting and change notification sounds as frequently as you want to! And the best part is that you can enjoy additional options whenever you update your Android phone.
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