App Notification Sounds on Galaxy S21: How to Set and Customize

App Notification Sounds on Galaxy S21: How to Set and Customize

App Notification Sounds on Galaxy S21: How to Set and Customize

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a unique notification sound for choice apps such as Messenger and WhatsApp on Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra? Well, that’s exactly what the custom app notification feature is about.

Once activated, you’ll know which particular app is giving you notice even without looking at your phone. You can even use downloaded music or your own recorded voice to jazz things up a bit. 

Best of all, activating the feature is a walk in the park. In this guide, we’re showing you how to set custom app notification sounds on Galaxy S21 so quickly that you can get it all done in no time at all — say 10 minutes max. 

DifficultyEasy ●○○○○
Duration10 minutes
Things You NeedSamsung Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra

How to Set App Notification Sounds on Galaxy S21

Use the sounds and vibration setting to set app notification sounds on the Samsung Galaxy S21. Next, choose which preloaded audio file will play whenever you receive notification alerts.

Also, custom notification sounds can be set if the audio file is in the internal storage’s notifications folder.

Well, there’s no need to fret. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the sections below and learn how to set custom app notification sounds on your  S21 in a breeze. 

Set app notification sounds for all notifications using these steps:

Difficulty LevelEasy ●○○○○
Number of Steps6
Completion Time10 seconds
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
  • Open Settings.
  • Click Sounds and vibrations.
  • Click Notification sound.
  • Choose a SIM card.
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
  • Select a notification tone.
  • Tap the back arrow to apply the selection.

How to Use Downloaded Custom Notification Sound Files

As previously mentioned, you can also use custom notification sounds as long as it’s stored in the notifications folder on the internal storage. With this, you can use your voice recordings and audio files that you’ve downloaded from the internet.

If you’ve downloaded the audio file, you should be able to access it from the download folder. From there, move it to the notifications folder before you can use it to set custom app notification sounds on Galaxy S21.

Follow these steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file:

Difficulty LevelEasy ●○○○○
Number of Steps8
DurationCompletion Time15 seconds
  • Open My Files.
steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file
  • Click the Downloads category.
  • Tap/hold the audio file.
steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file
steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file
  • Click Move or Copy.
steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file
  • Click the back arrow to return.
steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file
  • Click Internal Storage.
steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file
  • Scroll down/click Notifications.
  • Click Move here or Copy here.
steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file
steps to move the downloaded custom notification sound file

Set the downloaded custom notification file using the steps below:

Difficulty LevelEasy ●○○○○
Number of Steps6
Completion Time10 seconds
  • Open Settings.
  • Click Sounds and vibrations.
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
  • Click Notification sound.
  • Choose a SIM card.
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
Set the downloaded custom notification file
  • Select the custom notification tone.
  • Tap the back arrow to apply the selection.
Set the downloaded custom notification file
Set app notification sounds for all notifications

How to Customize Individual App Notification Sounds

Do you often receive notifications from different applications such as Facebook or Whatsapp? If yes, you can activate custom app notification sounds on Galaxy S21 for these individual applications to give them a unique identity.

With this, you should be able to identify straight away which of your applications received a new message or a notification alert.

Follow these steps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp:

Difficulty LevelEasy ●○○○○
Number of Steps8
Completion Time15 to 30 seconds
  • Open Settings.
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
  • Click Apps.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
  • Scroll down/click Whatsapp.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
  • Click Notifications.
  • Click Notification categories.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
  • Select the notification type to customize.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp

Note: We’ll be customizing group notifications for the purpose of this guide. Choose “All notifications” if you want to use one custom sound for all of your Whatsapp notifications.

  • Click Sound.
  • Select your desired custom notification sound.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp

Follow these steps to use a custom app notification sound for Facebook:

Difficulty LevelEasy ●○○○○
Number of Steps7
Completion Time12 to 18 seconds
  • Tap/hold the Facebook app.
  • Click on the app info.
steps to use a custom app notification sound for Facebook
steps to use a custom app notification sound for Facebook
  • Click Notifications.
  • Click Notification categories.
steps to use a custom app notification sound for Facebook
steps to use a custom app notification sound for Facebook
  • Click Device-level notifications.
steps to use a custom app notification sound for Facebook

Note: Device-level notifications may or may not appear depending on the app.

  • Click Sound.
  • Select your desired custom notification sound.
steps to use a custom app notification sound for Facebook
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp

By following the same procedures above, you can set different custom notification sounds for other apps such as Messenger, Gmail, Chrome, etc. 

How to Remove Custom Notifications

Have you had enough customized app notification sounds on Galaxy S21? Don’t worry — removing or changing them isn’t rocket science and shouldn’t take you much time at all.

Change custom notification sounds to default with these steps:

Difficulty LevelEasy ●○○○○
Number of Steps8
Completion Time15 to 30 seconds
  • Open Settings.
Set app notification sounds for all notifications
  • Click Apps.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
  • Scroll down/click an app.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
  • Click Notifications.
  • Click Notification categories.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
  • Select the notification type to customize.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
  • Click Sound.
  • Select Default notification sound.
teps to use a custom app notification sound for Whatsapp
Set the downloaded custom notification file

Remove/delete custom notification sounds using the steps below:

Difficulty LevelEasy ●○○○○
Number of Steps5
Completion Time10 seconds
  • Open My Files.
Remove/delete custom notification sounds
  • Click Internal Storage.
Remove/delete custom notification sounds
  • Scroll down/click Notifications.
Remove/delete custom notification sounds
  • Tap/hold the custom audio file.
Remove/delete custom notification sounds
  • Click Delete.
Remove/delete custom notification sounds

FAQs aAbout Custom App Notification Sounds on Galaxy S21

Can I use a voice recording as a notification sound on Samsung Galaxy S21?

You can set voice recordings as custom notification sounds for your Samsung Galaxy S21. Make sure to move or copy your voice recording from the recordings folder to the notifications folder so you can set it as a notification sound.
Follow these steps to move your voice recordings to the notifications folder:

•Open My Files.
•Click Internal Storage.
•Click Recordings.
•Tap/hold the voice recording to make a selection.
•Click Move or Copy.
•Click the back arrow to return to the Internal Storage.
•Click Notifications.
•Click Move here or Copy here.

How do I get custom notification sounds for my Samsung Galaxy S21?

Download sounds from the internet or create your own voice recordings. To set them as custom notification sounds, you need to move or copy them into the notifications folder on the internal storage.
Downloaded files should be in the download folder, and voice recordings can be found in the recordings folder.

Why is my S21 not making notification sounds?

Notifications don’t make a sound when the phone is muted. Another reason this can happen is when notifications are disabled for your apps.
To change your sound mode from mute to sound, go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Sound.
To enable app notifications, follow the steps below:

•Open Settings.
•Click Apps.
•Click an app.
•Click Notifications.
•Select Allow sound and vibration.

How do I set custom notification sounds for my contacts on my Galaxy S21?

Set custom contact notification sounds for any Samsung Galaxy S21 series smartphone by following the steps below:

•Open the Phone app.
•Click Contacts.
•Click a contact.
•Tap the information icon (i).
•Click Edit.
•Tap view more.
•Scroll down/click Ringtone.
•Select a notification sound.
•Click Back to apply your selection.

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