Buzzing, beeping, and ringing, what to do when WhatsApp is telling you what's up.

Your phone is probably constantly buzzing, beeping, and vibrating because of various alerts that pop up from other apps on your phone. It can be hard to know which alerts are coming from where. WhatsApp will let you customize the notifications and alerts you receive so it's easy to know who is contacting you without even having to look at their name. You can change the notifications and alerts for individual contacts, all messages, all group messages, or all calls that come through WhatsApp.

How to customize individual contact notifications

If you have those couple people you talk to all the time or you are waiting for important information from someone it may be useful to be able to tell the difference of their notifications from all the rest. You can set all of your WhatsApp contacts to have different notifications which will make it easy to tell who is trying to get a hold of you without even looking at your phone. You can customize the sound of messages or the ringtone.

How to customize the message sound for a contact in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Contacts tab. It's the middle tab which looks like a head-shaped icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Swipe up or down to scroll through your contacts.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the contacts tab, and scroll through your list of contacts.

  4. Tap on the name of the contact.
  5. Tap on the Custom Notifications button.
  6. Tap on the Message Sound button.

    Tap on the contacts name, tap on the custom notifications buttong, and then tap on the message sound button.

  7. Swipe up or down to scroll through the list of notification sounds.
  8. Tap on the sound you want.
  9. Tap on the Save button. It's in the upper right corner.

    Swipe up or down to scroll through the list, tap onthe sound you want, and then tap on the save button.

This will change the sound of any message you get from that specific contact. You could do this to every contact if you wanted so go nuts!

How to customize the ringtone for a contact in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Contacts tab. It's the middle tab which looks like a head-shaped icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Swipe up and down to scroll through your contacts.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the contacts tab, and scroll through your list of contacts.

  4. Tap on the person's name that you want to customize.
  5. Tap on the Custom Notifications button.
  6. Tap on the Ringtone button button.

    Tap on the persons name, tap on the custom notifications button, and then tap on the ringtone button.

  7. Tap on the sound you want.
  8. Tap on the Save button. It's in the upper right corner.

    tap on the sound you want and then tap the save button.

Now anytime this contact calls you it will sound different than everyone else.

How to customize all message notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

Not only can you play with individual notifications — you can change your WhatsApp messaging notifications across the entire app. You can turn them off or on, as well as change the sound for all of your WhatsApp contacts.

How to turn message notifications on or off in WhatsApp for iPhone.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings tab, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Tap the On/Off button beside the words Show Notifications under the message notifications heading.

    Tap the On/Off button. Green means on and grey means off.

This button will turn message notifications on or off. If the white toggle is over to the right and has a green tail behind it (like the picture above on the left) that means the message notifications are on. If the white switch is over to the left and there is no green around it (like the picture above on the right), then WhatsApp message notifications are turned off.

How to customize the sound for message notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the contacts tab, and scroll through your list of contacts.

  4. Tap on the Sound button under the message notifications heading. It's located right below the words Show Notifications.
  5. Swipe up or down to scroll through the list of sounds to find one you want.

    Tap on the Sound button and then swipe up or down to scroll through the list of sounds.

  6. Tap on the sound you want to use for all WhatsApp messaging notifications.
  7. Tap the Save button. It's in the upper right corner.

    Tap on the sound you want and then tap on the save button.

How to turn group notifications on or off in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Tap the On/Off button beside the words Show Notifications under the group notifications heading.

    Tap the On/Off button. Green means on and grey means off.

This button will turn on or off group message notifications. If the white switch is over to the right and has a green tail behind it (as in the picture above on the left) that means that group message notifications are on. If the white toggle is over to the left and there is no green around it (like the picture above on the right), then group message notifications are off.

How to customize the sound for group notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Tap on the Sound button under the group notifications heading. It's located right below the words Show Notifications.
  5. Swipe up or down to scroll through the list of sound to find one you want.

    Tap on the sound you want and then tap on the save button.

  6. Tap on the sound you want.
  7. Tap the Save button.

    Tap on the sound you want and then tap the save button.

How to turn WhatsApp Calling notifications on or off in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings tab, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Tap the On/Off button beside the words Show Notifications under the WhatsApp Calling heading.

    Tap the On/Off button. Green means on and grey means off.

This button will turn on or off WhatsApp Calling notifications. If the white circle is over to the right and has a green tail behind it (like the picture above on the left), then WhatsApp calling notifications are on. If the white circle is over to the left and there is no green around it (as in the picture above on the right), then WhatsApp calling notifications are turned off.

How to customize the ringtone for WhatsApp Calling in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings tab, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Tap on the Sound button under the WhatsApp calling heading. It's located right below the words Show Notifications.
  5. Tap on the sound you want to set as the ringtone.
  6. Tap the Save button.

    Tap on the sound button, tap on the sound you want, and then tap on the save button.

How to customize in-app notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

Like most apps on the iPhone, notifications are a little different when you are actually in the app. If you are chatting with your friends or editing your contact list you don't want to miss important notifications from people. You can customize these in-app notifications in WhatsApp with just a few simple taps on the screen.

How to change the alert style of in-app notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings tab, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Swipe up to scroll down the menu until you see the In-App Notifications button.
  5. Tap on the In-App Notifications button.
  6. Tap on the type of alert you want. You have three options:

    • None
    • Banners
    • Alerts

      Scroll down to see In-App Notifications, tap on In-App Notifications, and then tap on the type of alert you want.

This will affect the type of visual notification you will see when you are in WhatsApp but not when you are on the Home screen or anywhere else on your phone.

How to turn sounds on or off for in-app notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings tab, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Swipe up to scroll down the menu until you see the In-App Notifications button.
  5. Tap on the In-App Notifications button.
  6. Tap the On/Off button which is located beside the word sounds.

    Scroll down to In-App notifications, tap on In-App Notifications, and then tap on the On/Off switch.

This button will turn on or off all sounds. If the white circle is over to the right and has a green trail behind that means it's on. If the white circle is over to the left and there is no green around it that means it's off.

How to turn vibration on or off for in-app notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings tab, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Swipe up to scroll down the menu until you reach the In-App Notifications button.
  5. Tap on the In-App Notifications button.
  6. Tap the On/Off button which is located beside the word vibrate.

    Scroll down until you see In-App Notifications, tap on the In-App Notifications button, and then tap the On/Off button located beside the word

This button will turn on or off all sounds. If the white circle is over to the right and has a green trail behind that means it's on. If the white circle is over to the left and there is no green around it that means it's off.

How to reset notifications settings in WhatsApp for iPhone

Sometimes by changing so many options you can really mess things up. Luckily for you, resetting the notifications to the defaults in WhatsApp is extremely easy.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab. It is the gear icon located in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Notifications button.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap on the settings tab, and then tap on the notifications button.

  4. Swipe up to scroll down the menu until you reach Reset Notification Settings at the bottom of the list.
  5. Tap on Reset Notification Settings button. This will open a confirmation dialog.
  6. Tap on the Reset button.

    Scroll down until you see Reset Notifications Settings, tap on the Reset Notifications Settings, and then tap on the reset button.

This will reset all your notifications settings to the WhatsApp default settings.