How to Change Notification Sounds for Every App on Your Android Phone

Customizing notification sounds on your phone makes it easy to hear when your most important apps send you alerts.

Notifications are essential, but they can become a distraction if you have to check your phone frequently. Smartphone music presets can be rather lackluster and maybe a bit overwhelming at times. That’s why it’s best to assign priority tones to certain apps so that only the most important alerts get your attention.


Would you like an incoming email to sound a different beep than a calendar alert? Your smartphone can give you a more welcoming and personalized experience. We’ll show you how to set up custom sounds for each app so critical notifications aren’t drowned out.

How to set custom alert sound in settings

You can change and configure custom notification sounds through phone default settings. Here’s how:

  1. On your device, go to Settings > Apps > Your Apps. Menu names may be slightly different on some devices. For this guide, we will be using a Samsung device.
  2. Find the app for which you want to set a custom tone and select it.
  3. On the app info page, tap Notice and toggle the cursor button to Show Notifications.
  4. You will be able to see a number of notification categories under the Other section on the Notice page specific to each application, such as General or device-level notifications. Choose the appropriate category and select Alert.
  5. On the Notification category page, scroll down to the Sound section. It shows the default tone enabled for the application. Faucet Sound and select the desired notification tone from the list to edit the presets.

How to use your own audio files as priority tones

Whether you prefer techno beats, classic strings, or ringtones that sound like vintage telephones, sometimes the default ringtones just aren’t enough. They are often generic or just a bit boring. When it comes to setting custom sounds for specific apps on your smartphone, you can record your own sound clips or use existing songs from your music library. Let’s see how to do it.

Step 1: Record realistic sound clips

With a little work, you can record your own audio clips using the pre-installed sound recorder app on your phone. You can also use apps like voice recorder for.

To edit your recordings, try using a free audio editing app to cut and transform audio clips to the correct length and file type. Some apps offer advanced features such as multitrack editing, creating sound effects, and adding synthesized instrument effects. After editing the recording to your liking, export it as an MP3 file and add it to your Notice case. For our example, we will use MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker.

To download: MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker (Free in-app purchases available)

Here is how you can edit your audio file:

  1. Install and launch MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker app.
  2. Download the recorded audio file.
  3. Adjust it Begin and End handlebar to cut the clip to the required length. You also have the option to mix sound effects and merge audio files.
  4. Click on to safeguard and export the file in MP3 format.

Step 2: Set an MP3 as a custom alert

Chances are you have a ton of downloaded music files on your smartphone. You can use them as a sort of notification alert. To cut or trim audio files, follow the steps listed in the above section. Keep in mind that the audio file must be stored locally in the Notice folder in your file manager app. Here’s how:

  1. On your device, open the My folders or the File manager application.
  2. Move towards Categories > Audio > Music Folder(s).
  3. Select the MP3 file of your choice and press Move. Return to the notification folder in My Files > Categories > Audio > Notifications and press move here to transfer and store the file locally.
  4. When finished, return to Settings > Apps > Your Apps and select the application for which you want to configure a custom alert.
  5. Navigate to the Sound settings (as mentioned in the first section) and you will now be able to see the music file added to the list.
  6. Tap the file to set it as your custom alert tone.

Despite setting up custom notification alerts, you may not be able to hear your ringtone because you are in a noisy environment. To fix this problem, you can try setting a custom ringtone with a longer duration or try some of these quick fixes to make event notifications ring longer.

Control your incoming notifications with custom tones

Most of us are bombarded with notifications on our smartphones all day. Whether it’s an alert from an important calendar app or a message from a social media channel you follow, it can be difficult to keep up with your notifications.

Changing notification sounds and using custom tones for frequently used apps is a great way to simplify alerts and personalize your notifications while keeping distractions at bay.

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