How to Change Default Notification Sound and Haptics on iPhone?

In Short
  • Apple released the iOS 17.2 beta 4 on November 28, 2023.
  • iPhone users can now change the default notification sound and haptics.
  • Open Settings -> Sound & Haptics -> Default Alerts and choose your preferred sound.

Apple introduced some new sound alerts and ringtones with iOS 17, and also changed the default notification sound from the classic “Tri-tone” to “Rebound”. However, many users didn’t like this change and felt the new sound seemed quieter. Thankfully, you no longer have to stick to a monotonous sound. Apple released the fourth beta of iOS 17.2 on 28 November 2023, and it brings a new, much-requested feature, the option to change the default notification sound and haptics on an iPhone. This is the first time ever that Apple allows its users to change the sound of default alerts to whatever they prefer. Let’s see how to change default notification sound on iPhone.

Note: Currently, the option to change the sound and haptics for default notifications is only available in iOS 17.2 Beta 4. The stable version is expected to roll out sometime in December.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on Sound & Haptics.
  • Here, you’ll find a new “Defaults Alerts” section. Tap on it.
  • You can now choose your preferred sound for all incoming notifications and alerts from the options available under Alert Tones. You’ll notice that the list has all of the text tones.
  • You’ll also see an option to change the haptic vibration of default notifications. For this, tap on Haptics and choose vibration type from the list of available options. You can also custom-create a new vibration.

So, that’s how you can change the default notification sound and haptics on your iPhone. It’s good to see Apple finally coming up with a much-needed customization option. It’s a fantastic upgrade for users who always wanted to choose a sound for default alerts. What are your thoughts on this newly added functionality? Don’t forget to share your views in the comments below.

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