How to Change Notification Sounds on your Android Phone

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 26 Sep 2014

How often have you been in a public place heard a phone notification ding nearby, reached for your own pocket, only to find out that it wasn’t  your phone ringing? Spare yourself the unnecessary confusion and change your default ringtone notification tone to something different.

Android comes with a bunch of notification tones, of course you can add more.

To start, navigate to your phones Settings app tap setting for audio profile, to open it. Next, tap Sound under the Device heading: Here you can change your phone’s ringtone default notification sound, and toggle various other sound effects on or off.

Tap either the phone ringtone or Default notification sound headings to change either of those two alert sounds: Check one from the list, and you’ll get a preview of whichever alert sound you chose, once you find the one you like, tap OK. You’re done in the Settings app at this point, so go ahead, press the Home button.

The default notification sound you set in the Settings app will apply to all notifications. But if you want a different notification sound for when you receive text messages, you have to change that through your text messaging app.

If you use the default Messaging app, tap the icon to open it, tap the Menu button in the lower right corner (denoted by three dots), then tap Settings. Scroll down to the Notifications section and tap Sound. Select a new notification sound from the list, then tap OK. Once you’re done, tap the back-arrow button in the upper left to leave the Settings screen. Other apps may have their notifications and sound options in their own settings menus.