How to change the default notification sound in Android

If you're an Android user and you work in places where many of your colleagues have the same notification sound, or if you simply want to personalize your smartphone or tablet, chances are that you'll want to learn how to change the default notification sound of your Android device.

Here's how to change the default notification ringtone on Android Lollipop 5.0 by choosing from a list of predefined ringtones. The same process works for most Android versions on most launchers and on most custom ROMs as well. 

  • Go to the settings screen. Android Lollipop users can swipe down with two fingers from any screen and then click on the little gear icon in the top right corner.
  • Tap on "Sound & notification"
  • Tap on "Default notification ringtone"
  • Choose a notification ringtone from the list.

When you're looking to set up a custom notification ringtone, the best thing to do is to use a free app called "Ringtone Maker".

  • Go to the Google Play store.
  • Download, install, and open Ringtone Maker. Here's the link on Google Play.
  • The app will provide you with a list of the mp3 files that it has discovered on your device.
  • Tap on the green double-arrow button on the right side of an mp3 file
  • Tap on "Advanced"
  • Pick "Set as Notification" on the next screen and tap OK.
  • There you go, now you have successfully set up a default notification ringtone.

If you've found this short tutorial to be useful, make sure to drop us a comment and let us know!



1. g2a5b0e unregistered

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2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

How could some one not know how to do this lol. If you have a android phone and you didn't know how to change the notification sound until reading this article you're an idiot.

4. gaming64 unregistered

That is why phoneArena made this article.....for idiots.

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I guess I'm an idiot

6. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You've never explored the settings in Android?

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

i have but I did not think that I could change that.

3. waddup121 unregistered


7. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I use Zedge to change my wallpaper, ringtone and notification sound.

8. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Zzzzzzz keep losing your credibility phone arena. Pathetic post.

9. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Why do i click on this stupid links? My curiosity wants to know if there is something more to it or cool trick. But every time i click on this stupid how to videos I feel dumb-founded that someone would make a page for this

10. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

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