One of the great new additions to Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to assign custom notification sounds for your apps. Previously, in Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3, developers could ship their own sound to be used, but only a few have taken advantage of that so far. But in 8.1, via the Notification Center, you can configure apps independently, including for alert sounds.
Melodia is a simple app, and it’s free. It’s basically a repository for ‘official’ alert melodies, which you can then play to sample and save directly to your phone. Once saved, they will appear in your custom alerts and by using the Notification Center, you can assign them to apps. Sure, you can do this on your own, but this is much easier using this app.
The app so far is only at version 1.0 and it’s limited to just a few app sounds. These alerts are the familiar unique and custom 'dings' and 'chimes' that you may know from using the desktop apps, or on other platforms. They include:
- Facebook 1, 2
- MSN (vintage)
- WhatsApp 1, 2
- WhatsApp Whistle (really the Samsung whistle from Galaxy S)
*Note: When playing the samples, if they stutter or there is static, etc., don't worry. Save the clip and assign it anyway. When it plays back during a notification, the quality is much better.
Update: To request sounds you may want, send an email to the developer firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully, more will become available in later builds. To use, just pick the sound you want, hit the save/disk icon and optionally re-name the sample. Do not hit the ‘ringer’ box, unless you want that melody as your ringer!
To assign the sound to your app, just follow these steps:
- Notifications + actions
- Choose desired app
- Select ‘notification sound’
- Under custom you should see your newly saved samples
That’s it. Now, when an alert comes in for Facebook, WhatsApp or Twitter, you can have that unique and identifiable sound to go with it.
Is there a notification sound that you want for an app? Tell us in comments!