How to Customize WhatsApp Notification Sound, Ringtone, and Vibrate (Android)

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How to Disable Vibration on WhatsApp

By default, your device vibrates when you receive a WhatsApp message or call.

Let’s see how to disable vibration for a single and all chat.

How to Disable Vibration for Single Chat

Launch the WhatsApp app.

Tap the contact or group chat for which you want vibration turned off.

Tap its name on the top. Select “Custom notifications” between “Mute notifications” and “Media visibility.”

Tap “Use custom notifications.”

Tap Vibrate in the “Message notifications” section and select “Off.”

Select Vibrate in the “Call notifications” section to turn off the vibration for WhatsApp calls. Choose “Off.”

Note: Tap “Use custom notifications” to revert.

How to Disable Vibration for All Contacts and Groups

​Open WhatsApp. Tap the three vertical dots on the top right > Settings > Notifications.

To disable vibration for all contacts, tap “Vibrate” in the “Messages” section and select “Off” from the popup.

To turn off the vibration for all group chats, tap “Vibrate” in the “Groups” section and select “Off.”

To turn off the vibration for WhatsApp calls: choose the “Vibrate” option in the “Calls” section. Select “Off.”

Note: Follow the above steps to revert. However, rather than selecting “Off,” choose “Default.”

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How to Enable WhatsApp Popup Notification

By default, WhatsApp’s popup notification is disabled. Let’s see how to enable it for single and all conversations.

Note: Android versions 9 and older support this feature.

How to Enable Popup Notification for Single Chat

Open a WhatsApp chat (contact or group) for which you want to enable popup notification.

Tap its name at the top. Select “Custom notifications” between “Mute notifications” and “Media visibility.”

Tap “Use custom notifications,” then “Popup notification” in the “Message notifications” section.

In the popup, select an option other than “No popup.” Refer below if you’re unfamiliar with these options.

Note: To revert, turn off “Use custom notifications.”

How to Turn on Popup Notification for All Contacts

Open WhatsApp. Tap on the three vertical dots at the top > Settings > Notifications.

To enable the popup notification for all your contact chats, follow these steps:

Tap “Popup notification” in the “Messages” section. You’ll see a popup with these four options:

  • No popup – Turn off popup notification.
  • Only when screen “on” – Popup notification only appears when the screen is on.
  • Only when screen “off” – Popup notification only appears when the screen is off.
  • Always show popup – Popup notification appears regardless of screen status.

Choose the one you prefer except “No popup.”

Note: To revert, follow the steps above and select “No popup.”

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How to Customize WhatsApp Notification Sound and Ringtone

By default, WhatsApp sets notification sound and ringtone on your Android device as notification sound and ringtone for all WhatsApp contacts and groups.

Let’s see how to customize them for a single contact, a single group, and all contacts and groups.

​For Single Contact

​Launch WhatsApp. Tap the “New chat” icon, then open your desired contact.

Tap its name on the top and then “Custom notifications.” Select “Use custom notifications.”

In the “Message notifications” section, tap “Notification tone.” Tap “OK” after selecting the notification tone.

In the “Call notifications” section, tap “Ringtone.” Select ringtone and tap “OK.”

Notes:

  • Choosing “None” in the above steps means you’re disabling it.
  • To turn off the custom notification sound and ringtone, uncheck “Use custom notifications.”

For the Single Group

Open the WhatsApp group. Tap its name on the top.

Tap “Custom notifications,” then “Use custom notifications.”

Tap “Notification tone.” Choose the notification tone and tap “OK.”

Notes:

  • Choosing “None” in the above steps means you’re disabling it.
  • Uncheck “Use custom notifications” to disable the group’s custom notification sound.
  • WhatsApp has no option to customize the group ringtone, and it uses its default ringtone for the group.

For All Contacts and Groups

​Tap the three vertical dots on top of WhatsApp. Select Settings > Notifications.

Tap “Notification tone” in the “Messages” section to set a notification tone for all contacts. Select the notification tone, and tap “OK.”

Tap “Notification tone” in the “Groups” section to set a notification tone for all groups. Select the notification tone, and tap “OK.”

Tap “Ringtone” in the “Calls” section to set the ringtone for all contacts. Choose a ringtone and tap “OK.”

Notes:

  • Choosing “None” in the above steps means you’re disabling it.
  • To revert, follow the steps above. Then select “Default” one for contact and group notification sound and ringtone.
  • WhatsApp has no option to customize the group ringtone, and it uses its default ringtone for the group.

How to Reset Notification Settings

Follow the steps below to reset all your WhatsApp notification settings:

Tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner of WhatsApp.

Select Settings > Notifications > three vertical dots in the top right corner.

Tap “Reset notification settings.”

You can see this message on the popup:

Reset all notification settings, including custom notification settings for your chats?

Tap Reset, and that’s all.

Other Notification Settings

Here are other settings you can configure if you wish.

When sending or receiving messages while on the chat screen, you hear sounds by default.

Follow these steps if you don’t want those sounds:

Tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner of WhatsApp.

Select Settings > Notifications. Turn off “Conversation tones.”

Note: To revert, turn it on.

WhatsApp sets a white light for messages received by contact and group chats by default. Remember that not all phones support light.

Follow these steps to change or disable the light:

Go to “Notifications” (steps are in this section top).

To change or disable it for contact chats, select “Light” in the Messages section. Choose your desired color or None to disable the light.

Select “Light” in the “Groups” section to change or disable it for group chats. The remaining steps are the same as above.

Note: Here’s how to do this task for a single contact or group chat: open the conversation and tap its name on the top. Select Custom notifications. Enable “Use custom notifications.” Select “Light.” Change or disable the light.

By default, when you receive a new message, you’ll see a notification preview at the top of the screen. Here’s how to stop that:

Go to “Notifications” (steps are in this section top). To do this for contact chats, turn off the “Use high priority notifications” in the Messages section.

Turn off the same option in the “Groups” section for group chats.

Note: Here’s how to do this task for a single contact or group chat: open chat. Tap its name on the top. Select Custom notifications. Enable “Use custom notifications.” Turn off “Use high priority notifications.”

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