How to Set Custom Notification Sounds for Messaging Apps on iPhone

Unlike Android, Apple does not offer an easy way to customize notification sounds for different apps on iPhone. However, messaging apps have implemented workarounds to allow users to set different notification tones for incoming messages. Here’s how you can use custom notification sounds for WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger and Mail app on iPhone.



Custom Notification Sounds on iPhone

Let’s start with WhatsApp and move on to other apps.

1. Set Custom Notifications for WhatsApp

You cannot use custom notification sound from iPhone Settings menu. You have to make the change from the WhatsApp app on the iPhone. Here’s what you need to do.

Stage 1: Open WhatsApp on iPhone.

Step 2: Go to the settings menu.

Stage 3: Select Notifications.



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Step 4: Tap on Sound and change the usual message notification sound on iPhone. You can also change the sound of the group notification from the same menu.



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choose custom sond for whatsapp

WhatsApp is one step ahead and allows you to set different notification sounds for specific contacts. Here’s how.

Stage 1: Open WhatsApp and select the conversation for which you want to set a custom sound.

Step 2: Tap the contact name at the top.

Stage 3: Select Wallpaper and Sound.



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Turn on wallpaper and sound

Step 4: Set a custom tone for the contact from the menu below.



Special undertone for Whatsapp communication

You can apply the same trick to WhatsApp groups. We’ve seen that users can quickly pay attention to them and check other messages later by setting custom WhatsApp message tones for family members.

2. Set Custom Notifications for Telegram

Telegram has a similar workaround for using custom notification sounds on iPhone. To use them, follow the steps below.

Stage 1: Open the Telegram app and go to Settings.

Step 2: Select Notifications & Sounds.



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Turn on sounds in Telegram

Stage 3: From the Message Notifications menu you will find three options – Private Chats, Group Chats and Channels.

In Telegram you can go to each menu and choose a custom sound for each type of notification.

For example, you can go to Private Chats and change the notification tone for messages. From the same menu, you have the option to set exceptions.



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Step 4: Tap on Add an Exception and change the alert tones for selected contacts in Telegram.



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This is much better than going into each contact menu and setting custom tones for favorite contacts. Telegram has once again overshadowed WhatsApp here.

3. Set Custom Notifications for Facebook Messenger

Facebook allows you to set different notification sounds in Messenger as well. Follow the steps below to make changes.

Stage 1: Launch the Messenger app on iPhone.

Step 2: Tap the profile picture at the top.

Stage 3: Go to the Notifications and sounds menu.



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Notification and sound in Messenger settings

Step 4: Choose custom notification sound for messages and you’re ready.



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Message notification in Messenger Special Notifications Sounds

Similar to WhatsApp, you have the option to set different notification sounds for a particular contact in Messenger on iPhone.

Stage 1: Go to Messenger and open a conversation.

Step 2: Tap on the contact name and open the info menu.



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Turn on notifications and sounds for Messenger communication

Stage 3: Scroll down to Notifications & sounds.

Step 4: Choose a custom message notification sound for a specific contact.



Change notification sound for messenger contact

You can apply the same number to the selected Messenger contact and set unique notification sounds for them.

4. Mail App

The default Mail app on iPhone works perfectly with Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo. When working with multiple email addresses, you can set different email tones for each email provider.

Stage 1: Open Settings on iPhone.

Step 2: Go to the mail menu.

Stage 3: Select Notifications.



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Open notifications

Step 4: Scroll down and select Customize Notifications.

Step 5: You will see all your added e-mail accounts in the menu below.



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Open email account Custom Notifications Sounds

Step 6: Select the account for which you want to set a custom notification sound.

Step 7: Go to Sounds and choose a different tone.



Change notification sound for email

You can also set a different sound for VIP email ids from the same customized notifications menu.

To change the message tone for other normal apps, you can go to Settings and open the Sounds & Haptics menu.

Text Tone, New Voicemail, New Mail, Sent Mail, Calendar Alerts etc. Use different tones for



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Note that any custom changes you make to WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, and Mail will not be affected.

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Using different notification sounds for messaging apps will let you know which app is sending you a message without looking at the lock screen. It can also let you customize the iPhone experience.

For which apps do you set custom notification sounds? Share your setup in the comments below.

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