Notifications on Android are a key part of the smartphone experience, and the sounds that accompany them are just as important. If you hear notification sounds all day, might as well improve them. Here’s how.

Luckily, changing notification sounds on Android devices is very easy. Each phone or tablet will come with its own default sounds, but you don’t need to use them. There are always a handful of sounds to choose from.

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First, swipe down once or twice from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

In the settings, look for something like “Sound” or “Sound and vibration”. The section name will be different depending on the Android version and device manufacturer.

Next, search for “Notification sound” or “Default notification sound”. You may need to expand an “Advanced” section to find the option.

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You will now see a list of notification sounds to choose from. Tap one of the sounds to play a preview. Again, this will be very different from device to device.

There will usually be an option to use your own custom audio clips. Look for a “+” button. (Sometimes it will be in a “My Sounds” section.)

Add your own notification sounds by pressing the button

Once you find a sound you like, hit “Save” or “Apply” to finish.

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