Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Forum

Support Help Setting Individual Notification Sounds

Sorry about the basic, first time Android user (after 10x years being with the iPhone).

I'd like to set an individual notification sound for sms, and a different one for emails, is this possible?



#1 Opabato, Oct 11, 2017
Certainly. Go into each app's menu setting and under notifications you can pick a sound specifically for that app.
#2 TrueFangz, Oct 11, 2017
Thanks TrueFangz, thought that was case.

I actually did change my email app sound this morning, but when an email came through, I could have sworn it played the same notification sound as my SMS's.

Amway I'll have to test it better later today.
#3 Opabato, Oct 11, 2017
Good luck, everything should work well, let me know if any difficulties occur.
#4 TrueFangz, Oct 11, 2017
I actually purchased a TTS voice and have used that to create individual responses such as "Hey! This is a reminder. Don't forget." for my tasks app and "Hey! Look at your calendar" for my calendar app. Etc. Each app and alarm now has its own unique saying so that I know what its for without having to remember a specific sound. It freaks my co-workers out when it reminds me of morning deadlines. Even my timer now says "Your time is up" instead of chiming.
I also use an app called Call Announcer for my phone calls and SMS and it can announce phone numbers and caller names according to how you set it up as well as SMS names and numbers and even read your SMS messages again according to how you set it up. This can come in handy if you live in an area that is prone to severe weather and you are able to get text alert weather announcements. Instant weather alerts.
#5 kokiangel, Oct 12, 2017 Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
Which app are you using for individual reminders?
#6 wyzird, Oct 12, 2017
I use Voxygen's TTS English voices. I have Bruce and Phil as I prefer male voices but there are a couple of female choices as well if you you are American and plenty of other options if you are not. You can adjust the voice to suit yourself and after you save it as either a ringtone or alarm sound you can change the name to something more descriptive using a file manager and then reuse the voxygen app to create another ringtone or alarm. The only one I can't figure out how to rename and still use is the notification since I have no way to add them into the notifications settings. The sounds settings will allow you to add your own sounds so you can add the newly renamed ringtones and alarms as they are just .wav files. Then pick your new sounds for whichever app you want that allows it.

I use gentle alarm for my daily alarm clock and each alarm has a different "alarm" now depending on what I need to remember.
I have google tasks for general reminders and a generic saying for that one that tells me not to forget.
#7 kokiangel, Oct 12, 2017
Thank you so much!
#8 wyzird, Oct 12, 2017
There's a folder called Notifications on your phone. Just copy a sound file to the folder and then you can select that sound in the regular notification settings.
#9 ecstoneusps, Oct 12, 2017
Thank you, it was pretty easy to figure out. This is very useful and a lot of fun too. I had gotten to the point where I was ignoring the notification sound and missing out on reminders. This will work for me much better.
#10 wyzird, Oct 12, 2017
Thanks. I finally noticed the notifications folder. Guess I had blinders on. Now my notifications are all customized sayings too. I am so loving this! No more trying to remember what this sound or that sound was for. My phone literally tells me what I need to do or remember.
#11 kokiangel, Oct 13, 2017
I totally agree! Sure helps to know exactly what it's reminding you of without having to pick up the phone and look. I also love that it says whatever you want. I am having a lot of fun with that part. Thanks again for posting about it.
#12 wyzird, Oct 13, 2017
You're welcome. I am loving this too. Wish I had figured it out long before now. I think this is the icing on the cake for me in customization.
#13 kokiangel, Oct 14, 2017
Does Samsung not have TTS on the Note 8? I need another app for that?
#14 The_Chief, Oct 14, 2017
Note8 has TTS but as far as I know it only translates what you type into speech you can hear. It can't save it into a .wav file you can use as a custom notification. If you can figure out how to do that you will be the BIG hero!
#15 kokiangel, Oct 14, 2017
I want to add a slew of sounds (.mp3) to my list of beeps, alerts, tones. This is so I can choose them in apps which don't allow you to 'add' a beep on the fly but will only resort to the list you already have.

I can see an obvious work around but it's tedious and will take ages if I want to add 40.

Any way to do this relatively quickly?
#16 Simon_Gardner, Nov 4, 2017
Does putting them in a top-level folder called Notifications work? That's pretty standard, but I never assume Samsung work the same as others, and don't have my tablet to hand to test.
#17 Hadron, Nov 4, 2017
I'll try that. I realise I have more like 60 sounds I use - some of which I made or recorded.

Cracked it and thanks very much. Pleased.
#18 Simon_Gardner, Nov 4, 2017 Last edited by a moderator: Nov 4, 2017
Hi, I just setup my new Note 8 - but I allowed it to copy the previous phone (S8+) configuration and it messed things up.

I cannot find any folders with "Standard" Notification sounds - I cannot find the directories which supposedly have these files (storage\sdcard0\media\audio...) is there any way I could restore these and avoid resetting the phone to factory configuration?
#19 Vlad7777, Nov 7, 2017
I have a 22 second long mp3 that i have placed in my internal/ringtones, and in my google drive, when i navigate to add from phone in the ringtone settings, it only allows me to choose from gdrive, i choose the sound clip but it does not add it to the list or make it the ringtone, I also downloaded ringtone manager and it is not coming up as a choosable song in that either. The song plays perfect so the file is not corrupt
#20 Conrad9900, Nov 16, 2017
Where is your ringtone folder? It needs to be in internal storage.

Use samsung files app and navigate to the ringtone. Copy it from gdrive to the phone, then move it to the ringtone folder on internal.
#21 marctronixx, Nov 16, 2017
It is in the internal/ringtones, i have no external card inserted
#22 Conrad9900, Nov 17, 2017
I just did it again to make sure I’m not fooling myself and the ringtone stayed.

List your exact file path to your internal storage.
#23 marctronixx, Nov 17, 2017
And do you mean "ringtones" or "Ringtones"? Linux, which Android is based on, is case-sensitive. In my experience you want the folder to be called Ringtones.
#24 Hadron, Nov 17, 2017
/Internal storage/Ringtones

Please see screenshot

It is in the Ringtones folder
#25 Conrad9900, Nov 20, 2017
Issue has been RESOLVED, as seen in the screenshot, the file name had a hyphen, I renamed it with no spaces or special characters.
Had to REBOOT to get it to show.
#27 Conrad9900, Nov 20, 2017