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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by vinoman, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. vinoman

    vinoman Newbie
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    I just upgrade to android 9 and its missing an important function to set different sounds for gmail and text. I've always been able to set a different sound notification for my gmail and one for my texts. I can't find this option in android 9. Did they remove this.

    How can this be done in Android 9?
     


  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    not sure on a moto, but i can do it on my note 8. go to gmail and at the top hit the hamburger(it is the three lines), scroll down to settings, select your email address and not general, select manage notifications. now this will take you to what looks like the notifications settings found in your phone setting, but it is not. it should show you your gmail address and then select sound, and change it to the sound you like.

    not sure on texts, but at least you can change the your gmail sound.

    edit:
    i also was able to change my text sounds as well by going into the app's settings and change the sound. i then checked the general notification sound that i originally set in the phone's settings and it did not change to the sound now assigned to my text messages.

    ......so now i should have separate sounds for gmail, text, phone calls, and general notifications.
     
    #2 ocnbrze, Jul 26, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2019
  3. vinoman

    vinoman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Settings > Sound only has one default sound. android 9 doesn't let you set sounds for other apps. :(
    Any other ideas?
     
  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    no go into your gmail acct not the phone settings. that is how i was able to change sounds for email and text.
     
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  5. vinoman

    vinoman Newbie
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    I'm in gmail settings and there is nothing to set sound notifications. Please explain where it is?
     
  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    from my previous post
     
  7. vinoman

    vinoman Newbie
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    You're using version 8. version 9 is different in a bad way!
    Gmail notification have no option for changing sounds!
     
  8. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    nope i'm on pie as well on my note 8. it might be different, but i think in gmail it should be the same.
     
  9. vinoman

    vinoman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    It should be, but I don't see choices for sounds.
    Maybe Gmail settings have changed?
    I'll just have to put up with this new system with all its faults. :(
    Thanks for trying to help.
     
  10. GNR12

    GNR12 Lurker

    Settings>Apps & Notifications>Gmail>Notifications>Mail>Advanced>Sound

    Pretty sure the same thing worked when the g6 was on Oreo, but that definitely works on Pie I just double checked.
     
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  11. vinoman

    vinoman Newbie
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    I followed your instructions and there is no Sound option in Advanced in my version 9.
    Notification only has On with no other options. My version 9 is missing these functions!
     
  12. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    OK, I've been using Android 9 for a year (Pixel 2, July 2019 patch level). I don't use the GMail app, and in fact disable it, but I've re-enabled it just to check this.

    So here it is in detail: open GMail app. Hamburger menu > Settings. Choose the account, not "General settings". From there choose "Manage notifications", then under "Advanced" you will find the option "Sound" which lets you choose the notification sound for that account (so if you use the app with multiple accounts you can have different notification sounds for each). I've also updated GMail to check that this is still true with the latest version (and once I'd confirmed that I've disabled it again - it's not an app I need myself).

    Since you've not told us what message app you use I can't tell you how to set it for your SMS. But you always change these things via the individual app's settings, never through the system menu (been using Android for 10 years, and this has always been the way you customise notifications).
     
    #12 Hadron, Aug 3, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2019
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  13. vinoman

    vinoman Newbie
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    I use the default text messages app that come with Android. Thank you for the info, Now I can have different sounds for each gmail account. :)

    Problem solved even thought Android 9 is missing some features that 8 had. Maybe 10 will be better, but I'll never get that update running Moto G6.
     
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  14. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    The default text message app depends on what phone you have. The AOSP one hasn't been updated for many years, so it's unlikely that you have that, but I don't know whether Moto use Google's "Messages" app (pro: has RCS, con: very little customisation) or a Motorola app.

    The only significant omission I found with Android 9 was that Substratum no longer worked without root. But I guess different people have different requirements (and I make very little use of manufacturer's stock apps, so won't notice if they lose a feature with an update - they are anyway apps rather than part of the OS).
     
  15. vinoman

    vinoman Newbie
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    Thanks for the info.
    You can close this thread.
     
  16. GNR12

    GNR12 Lurker

    Glad you got it fixed but you have to click where it says Notifcations On.That opens up a second menu that will have Mail among a list of options, you click that. Every app on your phone has a menu like this under Android settings, you could change your text notification the same way.

    Edit: for the default messages app it's:
    Apps & notifications> Messages> Notifcations > Other notifictions>Advanced>Sound
    edit 2: I just tried the way going through Gmail's settings, it takes you to the same system menu. Only difference would be going through Apps & Notifications you can change the sound for any app all the same way.

    Here is what the end menu will look like, this is a screenshot from a g6 on Android 9
    [​IMG]
     
    #16 GNR12, Aug 3, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2019

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