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. One of the latest customization features on an iPhone is support for home screen widgets, although the process is a lot more convoluted on iOS compared to Android.

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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 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 unchangeable 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

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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 the 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.