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How to Change Android Smartphone Message Notification Sounds


Like ringtones, notification sounds for incoming text messages can be changed in the Android OS.  Android smartphones come with a range of notification sounds pre-installed, which makes it easy to quickly change the alert sound to suit your tastes.

But you can also use your own MP3 audio files as notification sounds as long as you have an Android phone capable of using these files as notifications, i.e. a phone running Android 2.1 or above. 

In this Help Center article, we'll show you how to customize your message notification sounds and to use your own MP3 files, too.


Changing Message Notification Sounds

If you want to change the sound your Android phone makes when you get an incoming message, it's as easy as going into the Settings menu and selecting a new sound.  From the Home screen, select the Messaging app.  From the Messaging app, press the menu button below the screen and choose Settings:

This Settings screen allows you to configure how your phone handles messages.  One of the options under the Notification Settings section of the page is Select Ringtone.  Choose this option and you can select from available notification sounds:

It's that simple.


How to Use Your Own Notification Sounds in Android

If you don't like the pre-installed notifications, you can use just about any sound you like.  All you need is an MP3 file of the sound, preferably a smaller file like 500kb.  Since it's just a notification sound, it doesn't need to be a large, long-playing file. 

Once you have the file, it's time to get the Android OS to see and use it.  The first step is to connect your Android phone to your PC via USB cable.  When prompted, turn on USB mass storage option so that you can access the phone's memory card from your PC.

Once you have access to the memory card, you'll need to create a folder called notifications in the root (or first) folder on the card. 

After the folder has been created, drag-and-drop the MP3 file/files you'd like to use into the notifications folder and wait for the file to copy; we'll use the CTU Ringtone from 24.

Disconnect the USB cable and give the memory card a few seconds to mount.

Now, when you follow the steps shown in the first part of this article, the new file or files you added to the notifications folder will be available as notification sounds:

The sky - and the capacity of your memory card - is the limit!


Other Resources

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