How to change the notification sound on your Android phone

Every Android phone comes with its own set of default notification sounds, but if you get bored with them over time, you’ll be interested to know that it’s possible to change them. It’s a pretty straightforward process.

Whether you crave variety or just want to differentiate your phone sounds from other similar models, we have detailed below a series of methods to change the notification sound on your Android phone and make it stand out.

Change the default global notification sounds on Android

One of the main advantages of using Android is that you can change almost everything, including the device’s default global notification sounds. These are the sounds you hear when you receive a text message on your phone or an alert from an app. If you have a phone running Android 8.0 Oreo or later, follow these steps to liven up your notification sounds.

How to change global default notification sounds

1. Open the settings on your handset.

2. Scroll down until you find “Apps & Notifications”.

3. Tap Notifications.

4. Scroll down until you find Advanced.

5. Tap “Default notification sounds” down.

Here you have access to a library of sounds from which you can choose your favorite. Note that these options vary depending on the device you have.

Change notification sounds per app

The majority of apps don’t have a built-in option to change their notification sounds, and most use your device’s default alert tone. Fortunately, you can customize the notification sound for individual apps from the notifications settings.

Note: This method applies to apps like Instagram, Spotify, 9Gag or any other app you might have on your phone.

How to change Instagram notification soundsHow to change Instagram notification sounds

1. Open the settings on your handset.

2. Scroll down until you find “Apps & Notifications”.

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3. Check “Recently opened apps”. If Messages is not there, tap the “See all apps” option until you find it and tap it.

4. Tap “Notifications -> Instagram Live -> Advanced -> Sound.” (We’re using Instagram as an example here.)

5. Go to the default sound library and from there you can select the notification sound to assign to Instagram.

Since Instagram sends different types of alerts (not just Instagram direct messages) including live video chat, first messages and stories, it is possible to set different notification sounds for each in the Notifications section. .

Apps with integrated notification sound option

Some apps offer built-in options to change their notification sounds. You will be able to change the notification sound from the app. For example, to set new notification sounds for Facebook:

How to change Facebook app notification soundsHow to change Facebook app notification sounds

1. Open the Facebook app on your phone.

2. Tap the hamburger menu located in the upper right corner.

3. Scroll down until you find “Settings & Privacy”.

4. Choose Settings. from the drop-down menu.

5. Scroll down to the Notifications section.

6. Select “Notification settings”.

7. Find the “Where you get notifications” section at the bottom.

8. Press “Push -> Tone”.

9. Choose your preferred notification sound from the list that appears.

How to add custom notification sounds

What if you can’t find a notification sound that’s right for you? In this case, you might want to try the custom notification sounds.

You can do this in two ways: you can either use an app like Zedge, or you can create a personalized notification sound from an audio file you have on your phone, which can be your favorite song or a short recording you made.

Change notification sounds with Zedge

Before installing Zedge, keep in mind that using the app is only free for a period of three days. After that, you are prompted to choose between the two paid plans to continue enjoying the features. Also, in the free version, you won’t be able to enjoy the full sound library of the app. However, you can still use the trial version to determine if the app is right for you.

How to change custom Zedge notification soundsHow to change custom Zedge notification sounds

1. Open the Zedge app on your phone.

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2. Tap the hamburger menu in the upper left corner of the screen.

3. Select “Notification sounds”.

4. Browse the library and try out the different notification sounds.

5. When you find one you like, tap it.

6. Click on the “Define notification” button. The melody will become your overall notification sound, which means you won’t be able to associate it with a specific app. You can also set it as contact ringtone, ringtone or alarm sound.

Note: Zedge asks for permission to change your system settings. If you are not comfortable with this, you can use the alternative to set your custom notification sounds.

Set a custom notification sound using media files

If you want to use something you recorded or an audio file as your custom notification sound, you can. It is possible to define it directly from the parameters.

Note: if you want to use a larger audio file, it is recommended to mute the track and use the resulting sample as the new notification sound.

How to change notification sounds Download custom audioHow to change notification sounds Download custom audio

1. Connect your phone to your laptop or desktop computer using a USB cable.

2. Double-click to access your phone’s internal storage.

3. Find the Notifications folder and open it.

4. Drag and drop your media file into this folder to copy it.

5. When you are finished downloading the media file, return to your phone and set the new global notification sound.

How to edit custom media file notification soundsHow to edit custom media file notification sounds

6. Open the settings on your phone.

7. Scroll down until you find “Apps & Notifications”.

8. Tap Notifications.

9. Scroll down until you find Advanced.

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10. Press “Default notification sound” and select “Internal memory ringtone”.

11. The media file you just added should be at the top of the list.

12. Tap to configure it.

You can also set the audio track as notification sounds for individual apps through your handset’s notification settings.

Now that you know how to change the notification sound on your Android phone, you can fine tune your notification experience, connect your phone to your computer and receive notifications on your Windows PC, or learn how to access your notification history on your phone.

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Alexandra Arici
Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile technology and can often be found playing with a smartphone from an obscure society. She launched her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a college teacher. Always driven by curiosity, Alexandra enjoys knowing how things work and sharing that knowledge with everyone.

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