iOS isn’t known for its ability to be customized, so it’s no surprise that you can’t change the sound for third-party notifications without a jailbreak tweak. CustomNotificationSound by snakeninny, the developer who brought us LowPowerBanner, does exactly that.

It’s built right into the settings pane for each app in Settings > Notifications > App. Right under ‘Show in Notification Center’ it adds a ‘Custom Sound’ field that has just about every sound your device can make.

It even has sounds like the busy signal when you’re calling someone who’s on the other line. If these aren’t enough for you then you can add your own sound in /System/Library/Audio/UISounds and they’ll show up in the top section where he gives you a few random examples.

The files need to be less than 30 seconds long and it supports car, aif, m4a, mp3, and wav formats. The level of customization is only limited by the users imagination.


When you drill down into the settings pane where all the sounds are located, it’s easy to get lost with so many things to choose from. You can literally set your Tweetbot sound to the keyboard click which happens to be tock.caf. I don’t know who would want to do this but the point is that you can. Jailbreaking is all about options right?

At the end of the day, this tweak is by no means groundbreaking, nor will it change anyone’s life. It does fix one of iOS’s small annoyances for us power users though. I personally find it really nice to have control over my entire device. I’d argue that it’s the main reason why I jailbreak and remain jailbroken while struggling through buggy Springboard crashes and random resprings for unknown reasons.

I tested this on my iPhone 6 running 8.1.2 with a decent amount of tweaks installed, and encountered no problems at all.

If you’re the type of person who likes to customize the devices you own to your liking, this is a great small tweak for you. Best of all, it’s free in the BigBoss repo, so what do you have to lose?

Are you going to customize your third party app notifications? If yes, how so?

  • ready1take1

    Yes, this is my shit right here. Makes it a whole lot easier without having to ssh all the time.

    • Yeah that can be a pain! This is a very well written tweak.

    • Favna

      Now to steal some soundpacks somewhere hehe…

  • :O

    I have been dreaming of something like this for ages.

  • Hi

    LOL. I was just thinking I wish there was a way to customise notification sound, this morning.

  • Adam

    No more odd sounding grindr alerts

  • Keith S.

    This is fantastic! I used to use pushTone until it stopped working in iOS7, and that was my most missed tweak after upgrading. Finally, I can go back to distinguishing those Facebook and Twitter notifications from the ones that really deserve my immediate attention!

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Needed this tweaks years ago

  • Flexx

    I installed this tweak on IOS 8.1.1 and changed my Facebook notify tone and now Facebook crashes. Trying to recover after uninstalling.

  • Carlos Maanuel

    It doesnt support clash of clans

  • Ethos Evoss

    Hey guyz which version is compatible with iOS 7.1.2 ?

  • Varun Soi

    Not working with ios8.4 🙁

    • Miky

      Does customnotificationsound work on 8.4??

      • Varun Soi

        no 🙁

  • Brian

    Wait, so I’m 100% clear … does this mean really mean that CustomNotificationSound changes sounds for 3rd-party notifications with iOS *WITHOUT* rooting the phone or a jailbreak? It doesn’t compromise iOS at all? No problems using it with iPhone 6?

  • Peter

    Just used this on jailbroken 9.3.3. Works flawlessly.

    • keredd1010

      Perfect! This is the main reason I want to jailbreak my phone and was looking for feedback on it. Thanks!

  • R. Sotelo

    From a business standpoint this is freakin brilliant. Blog, app, appblog – infukincredible. Sorry if I just woke up from under a rock.

  • Harvinth Suresh Ytt

    Where to download this app

  • David Dickinson

    How do you add your own tone into the mass of options (nit picky i know)