Can You Change Notification Sounds On iPhone?

Many notification sounds on iPhone can be changed, including text message tones and voicemail alerts, but there are notable exceptions.

Nearly all notification sounds on an iPhone are customizable, but there are notable exceptions. Customized ringtones and notification sounds help users easily identify when they receive a call or notification on their phone. It also helps users personalize their phones according to their choice and taste.

Android phones generally offer significantly more customization options, but Apple has also started adding support for some of those features recently. For example, with iOS 16, Apple introduced customizable lock screens, which lets choose widgets, photo styles, fonts, and more.

On iPhone, a user can customize nearly all notification sounds, including text message tones, calendar alarms, and voicemail alerts. Users can also change notification tones for Apple-specific apps like FaceTime and Mail. However, users can't choose custom notification sounds for most third-party apps, which means the default notification sound is the only option they have for non-Apple applications. Most third-party apps just use the iPhone's default alert tone, while some have their own tones built into the apps. Users can, however, turn their notification sound on or off for third-party apps as needed.

Set Custom Notification Sounds On iPhone

To set a custom notification sound go to 'Settings,' scroll down, and then tap on 'Sound & Haptics.' Under 'Sounds and Vibration Patterns,' select the type of notification that needs to be changed. From the menu, choose the sound that needs to be set as the notification sound. Once an option is chosen, users will see a blue check mark next to it. This method enables users to customize ringtones for incoming calls, as well as notification sounds for texts, voicemails, emails, calendar alerts, reminders, and more.

To disable notification sounds for third-party apps, open 'Settings,' tap on 'Notifications' and then select the target app. If sound notifications are available for the app, it will have a toggle switch for 'Sounds' that just requires toggling on or off for the desired result. Meanwhile, Apple's own apps, such as FaceTime, Mail, and Messages allow users to set their own custom notification sounds. To do this, go to 'Settings' > 'Notifications,' and then choose the target app. From here, tap on 'Sounds' and then select the notification sound from the available options.

In contrast, Android users can change just about all notification sounds on their devices. Not only that, they can also add new custom ringtones or notification sounds, often a short clip of their favorite songs or music. Custom Android ringtones can also be added for voice calls, with different ringtones for different contacts or contact groups, which lets users know immediately who is calling them without having to pick the phone up. Similarly, custom ringtones can also be added for text messages, emails, social media, and just about any app on the smartphone. Overall, there are many more ways to play around with notification settings on Android, but iPhone options are constantly improving.

Change Third-Party App Notification Sounds On iPhone

Apple's Settings app doesn't let users change the notification sound for third-party apps, but there is a workaround for some of them. This mostly applies to messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, and Slack. These apps have their own notification tones, and users can change the sounds by going into the settings of the individual apps.

For example, to change the notification sound on WhatsApp, open the app, tap 'Settings' and then 'Notifications.' Tap 'Sounds,' and select a sound from the list. When done, tap 'Save.' WhatsApp lets users choose between different notification sounds for messages or groups, and even allows different notification sounds for specific contacts. To change the notification sound on Telegram, go to Settings and tap 'Notifications and Sounds.' From here, users can change the sound for private chats, group chats, or channels. On Facebook Messenger, tap the profile icon in the top-left corner and tap 'Notifications and sounds.' Tap 'Text tone' and select a sound from the list. Changing the notification tone on Slack is similar. Tap the 'You' tab at the bottom of the screen, tap 'Notifications,' then 'Sound,' and choose a preferred tone. Not all third-party apps offer this feature, but if you want to change notification sound for a specific app on iPhone, it's worth digging into the app's settings to see if there's an option available.