When you know how to change notification sounds on Android phones, you can customize the tones your device makes for different notifications.
Maybe you're just bored of the default notifications sounds, or perhaps you've downloaded one of your favorite songs to annoy everyone or prove how ironic you can be every time you receive a message.
Whatever the reason, changing notification sounds on Android is super easy, whether you're looking to choose one of the pre-installed sounds on your phone or use a specific sound or song. We'd expect no less of course — part of what makes Android devices some of the best phones around is the high level of customization they allow.
Just before we start, it's worth noting that if you want to set a custom sound as your notifications tone. you need to have the audio file downloaded to your device.
With that out of the way, let's get down to business. Here's how to change notification sounds on Android.
Note: the following steps were completed on a Google Pixel 6 Pro. If you're using a different flavor of Android, the steps may be a little different, but should be mostly the same.
How to change notification sounds on Android phones
- Go to Settings > Sound and vibration
- Tap Default notification sound
- Select a Sounds collection
- Upload a custom sound (optional)
- Select a sound
- Tap Save
Read on to see full illustrated instructions for each step.
1. Go to Settings > Sound and vibration
Open the Settings app, scroll down and tap Sound and vibration.
2. Tap Default notification sound
Scroll down and tap Default notification sound.
3. Tap a sounds folder
Now tap a sounds folder containing sets of similar notifications sounds. You can choose one of the folders of system sounds, or you can select My Sounds to use a custom sound.
4. Choose a sound
If you've selected one of the system sounds folders (in this case Pixel Sounds) then tap a sound and tap save when you're satisfied with your choice.
5. Add a custom sound
If you've selected My sounds, tap the plus icon, bottom right, to add a custom sound.
6. Select a downloaded audio file
Use the search functions on the next page to locate a downloaded audio file. Then tap the audio file you want to use.
7. Select the file and tap Save
You'll now be taken back to the My sounds page. Tap the audio file and then tap Save.
Super easy, right? If you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure you check out our range of other helpful Android guides.
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