Can you change notification sounds on iPhone?

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

Almost all notifications sound on a iPhone are customizable, but there are notable exceptions. Personalized ringtones and notification sounds help users easily identify when they receive a call or notification on their phone. It also helps users to customize their phones according to their choices and tastes.

Android phones usually offer a lot more customization options, but Apple has also started adding support for some of these features recently. One of the newest customization features on an iPhone is support for home screen widgets, although the process is much more complicated on iOS compared to Android.


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On iPhone, a user can customize almost any notification sound, 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 cannot choose custom notification sounds for third-party apps, which means the default notification sound is the only option they have for non-Apple apps. Most third-party apps just use the default iPhone alert tone, while some have their own immutable tones built into apps. Users can, however, enable or disable their notification sound for third-party apps as per their requirement.

Set Custom Notification Sounds on iPhone

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To set a custom notification sound, go to ‘Settings,’ scroll down then press ‘Sound & Haptics.’ Under ‘Sounds and vibration patterns,’ select the type of notification to edit. From the menu, choose the sound that should be set as notification sound. Once an option is chosen, users will see a blue checkmark next to it. This method allows users to customize ringtones for incoming calls, as well as notification sounds for text messages, voicemails, emails, calendar alerts, reminders, etc.

To turn off notification sounds for third-party apps, open ‘Settings,’ Press on ‘Opinion‘ then select the target application. If sound notifications are available for the app, it will have a toggle switch for ‘Sounds‘ which simply requires enabling or disabling 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‘ > ‘Opinion,’, then choose the target application. From there, press ‘Sounds‘ then select the notification sound from the available options.

On the other hand, Android users can change just about any notification sound on their devices. Not only that, they can also add new custom ringtones or notification sounds, often a short snippet of their favorite songs or music. Custom Android ringtones can also be added for voice calls, with different ringtones for different contacts or groups of contacts, allowing users to immediately know who is calling them without having to pick up the phone. Likewise, custom ringtones can also be added for SMS, email, social media, and just about any application on the smartphone. All in all, there are plenty of other ways to play with notification settings on Android, but iPhone the options are constantly improving.

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