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How to change the notification sounds in Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, and WhatsApp (Android tutorial)

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How to change the notification sounds in Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, and WhatsApp (Android tutorial)
The number of smartphone users who don't use an instant messaging service of some kind is probably one in a million. This should not come as a surprise as IMs are superior to plain old texts in a number of ways – you can chat to your heart's desire with many people at once, you can easily add photos, sounds, and stickers to your messages, and you'd usually get a notification once your message reaches the recipient. 

However, there's one thing about IM services that's mighty annoying – pretty much nobody bothers to change their incoming message notification sound. That's why you hear the same tones everywhere you go, and at times, you can't be sure if it was your phone that beeped or not. The solution? Change your IM notification sound, of course. Here's how you change the default ringtones and notification sounds on four of the most popular IM services around. Note that the guide is intended for Android users.

Facebook Messenger

If you open your Facebook Messenger's settings tab, you'll find a Notifications and Sounds menu item that deceivingly looks like a toggle switch. Tap it, however, and you'll be taken to a whole sub-menu dedicated to tones and notifications. Once there, you may pick a new sound for incoming texts and free calls.

Google Hangouts

Open Hangouts on your Android device and choose Settings from the menu. Once there, pick the account you're signed in with. The next sub-menu screen that appears has the Hangouts notification settings. You may choose a new tone for IMs and calls.


In Viber, a button in the lower right-hand corner takes you to a personal profile page of sorts. That's where you find the Settings menu. Open it and go to Notifications. Once there, scroll down and enable the Use System Sounds option. This will now allow you to edit the sounds for incoming texts and calls.


In WhatsApp, you may have to open your contacts list and scroll before the options button appears. Once you get to the Settings screen, choose Notifications. From there, you can easily modify your notification and ringtone sounds.

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