How to set custom ringtone in WhatsApp on Android and iPhone

Last Updated: December 2, 2016

Widely used messaging service WhatsApp allows you to set different ringtones for  different groups as well as contacts. This feature is useful when you want to get notified by the sound of notification itself whether it is of priority or not. Suppose you are a part of few groups out of which your intervention in one of the groups or an individual chat is of utmost importance, then you can set a different ringtone for that group or individual contact/chat so that by listening to the sound of notification itself you know that you need to check it as fast as possible. This article will let you know about how to set WhatsApp custom ringtone on iPhone and Android.

Previously, custom notifications could only be set for WhatsApp groups. However, with WhatsApp update in iOS on August 5th, 2015, the feature is also available for individual contacts/chats wherein the user can set custom notifications for individual chats too.

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How to Set WhatsApp custom ringtone

In order to set different message alert sounds for different groups follow the steps given below : 

WhatsApp Custom Ringtone for Groups on iPhone

  • Open WhatsApp and Tap on the conversation of the group for which you want to change the ringtone.
  • On conversation screen, tap on the Group Name on top of the screen. This will open up Group Information.
  • Under Group Info you will find Custom Notifications. Tap on it.
  • Under Custom Notifications, tap on the Message Sound and select a new message alert sound for that group.

Custom WhatsApp notifications iPhone

  • Tap on Save at the top right corner after selecting the desired message tone.

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WhatsApp Custom Ringtone for individual contacts / chats iPhone

Similarly, to set a custom ringtone for individual contacts select the contact or individual chat instead of the group for which you want to set a different ringtone. The rest of the procedure is the same as groups mentioned above.

Set WhatsApp Custom Notifications for Contacts and Groups on Android

WhatsApp custom notifications feature was introduced recently in WhatsApp. To make use of this feature you need to update your WhatsApp to 2.16.376 or later.

1. Open WhatsApp and select the conversation of the desired group or contact for which you want to change the message tone.

2. Go the Group/Contact Info screen. Select Custom Notifications.

3. On the next screen, check Use Custom Notifications.

4. Now tap on Notification tone under Message Notifications and select the desired tone.

Set Custom Notifications on WhatsApp Android

On Android, you can even Change ringtone of WhatsApp calls by tapping on Ringtone under Call Notifications and selecting the desired ringtone.

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You are done setting up a WhatsApp custom ringtone for groups and individual contacts on iPhone and Android. Do you find setting custom ringtones for WhatsApp contacts and groups useful? Share your thoughts via the comments section below. 

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  1. Not showing “Custom notifications” option..
    And please let us know how to customize ringtones of iphone contacts.

    • Sharath, the feature is only available in WhatsApp for iPhone. Hope you are using an iPhone to use this feature. Moreover, Custom Notifications can only be used for groups and not contacts currently as mentioned in article.
      Regarding customizing ringtone for iPhone contacts we will definitely write an article for that and notify you via comment soon. Thanks!
      Let us know if you have any further doubt.

      • Noted Hemant, and thanks for providing useful information through “Techuntold’.
        Please let us know whether it is possible to hide/lock apps in iPhone, like “Applock” does in Android devices?

        • Sure Sharath, we are always ready to help in any possible way we can.
          Yes, it is possible to locks Apps in iPhone without the use of any application. For this you can use Guided Access feature. Even you can lock specific features within the app using this feature. Follow our article on the same for more details – How to lock Apps in iPhone

  2. You can change WhatsApp notification tone on your latest android lollipop (5.1.1) device using below steps

    Apps > WhatsApp > Settings > Notifications > Notification Tones

  3. Mr.Hemant, I want incoming sound message on Whatsapp. I regret why it doesn’t sound and vibrate only. I tried going to settings, notifications, turn on the tone of the conversation, message notifications, contact ringtones and it shows the word “no longer available”. Why? I use an android phone.Please tell me.I want incoming ringtone and not vibration.

    • In order to get Ringtone for WhatsApp incoming call. Open WhatsApp> Go to Settings > Select Notifications > In Call Notifications Section, Select Ringtone > Select your desired song.

      You will find Vibrate section too on the same screen. You can turn off vibrations from the same place.


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