How to Set Custom Notification Sounds for Mail Apps on iPhone


Unlike Android, Apple does not provide an easy way to customize notification sounds for different apps on iPhone. However, messaging apps have implemented workarounds to allow users to set different notification tones for incoming messages. Here’s how to use custom notification sounds for WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger and Mail apps on iPhone.

Custom Notifications Sounds on iPhone

Let’s start with WhatsApp and move on to other apps.

1. Set custom notifications for WhatsApp

You cannot use the custom notification sound from the iPhone Settings menu. You must make the change from the WhatsApp app on iPhone. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on iPhone.

2nd step: Go to the Settings menu.

Step 3: Select Notifications.

Open WhatsApp Settings Custom Notifications Sounds

Open notification in WhatsApp settings

Step 4: Tap Sound and change the normal message notification sound on iPhone. In the same menu, you can also change the sound of the party notification.

Open sound in WhatsApp

Select custom sonud for whatsapp

WhatsApp goes one step further and lets you set different notification sounds for specific contacts. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and select a conversation for which you want to set a custom sound.

2nd step: Tap the contact’s name at the top.

Step 3: Select Wallpaper and sound.

Open contact information in WhatsApp

Open wallpaper and sound

Step 4: Set a custom ring tone for the contact in the next menu.

Custom altert tone for WhatsApp contact

You can also apply the same trick on WhatsApp groups. We have seen users set custom WhatsApp message sound for family members so they can give them quick attention and check other messages later.

2. Set custom notifications for Telegram

Telegram offers a similar workaround for using custom notification sounds on iPhone. Follow the steps below to use them.

Step 1: Open the Telegram app and go to Settings.

2nd step: Select Notifications and sounds.

Open telegram settings

Open sounds in Telegram

Step 3: Under the Message Notifications menu, you will find three options – Private Chats, Group Chats, and Channels.

You can access each menu and select a custom sound for each type of notification in Telegram.

For example, you can access private chats and change the message notification tone. In the same menu, you have the possibility to define exceptions.

Open message notification in Telegram

Step 4: Tap Add exception and change alert tones for selected contacts on Telegram.

Custom Notifications Sounds on Telegram i Phone

Add exception in telegram

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3. Set custom notifications for Facebook Messenger

Facebook also lets you set different notification tones on Messenger. Follow the steps below to make changes.

Step 1: Launch Messenger app on iPhone.

2nd step: Tap the profile picture at the top.

Step 3: Access the Notifications & Sounds menu.

Email Profile

Notification and sound in mail settings

Step 4: Select a custom notification sound for messages and you’re good to go.

Notification Sound Custom Notifications Sounds

Message Notification in Messenger Custom Notifications Sounds

Similar to WhatsApp, you have the option to set a different notification sound for a specific contact in Messenger on iPhone.

Step 1: Go to Messenger and open a conversation.

2nd step: Tap the contact’s name and open the information menu.

Open contact information in Messenger Custom notifications

Open notification and sounds for messaging contact

Step 3: Scroll down to Notifications & Sounds.

Step 4: Select a custom message notification sound for the specific contact.

Change notification sound for messaging contact

You can perform the same trick on the selected Messenger contact and set unique notification tones for them.

4. Messaging app

The default Mail app on iPhone works great with Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo. When working with multiple email addresses, you can set different email sounds for each email provider.

Step 1: Open Settings on the iPhone.

2nd step: Go to the Mail menu.

Step 3: Select Notifications.

Open messaging menu Custom notifications Sounds

Open notifications

Step 4: Scroll down and select Customize Notifications.

Step 5: You will see all your added email accounts in the next menu.

Customize Notifications Custom Notifications Sounds

Open an email account Personalized notifications

Step 6: Select an account for which you want to set a custom notification sound.

Step 7: Go to Sounds and select another sound tone.

Change notification sound for emails

From the same custom notifications menu, you can also set a different sound for VIP messaging IDs.

To change the message sound for other normal apps, you can go to settings and open the Sounds & Haptics menu.

Use different sound tones for text tone, new voicemail, new messages, sent messages, calendar alerts, etc.

Open sounds and haptics

Open sound and vibration models

Note that your custom changes from the WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, and Mail apps are unaffected.

Get notified on iPhone

Using different notification sounds for messaging apps lets you know which app is sending you messages without looking at the lock screen. It can further allow you to personalize the iPhone experience.

Which apps do you set custom notification sounds for? Share your setup in the comments below.

Last updated on January 25, 2022

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