How to Change the New Mail Sound in iOS Mail

Pick special sounds for VIPs and threads on iPhone or iPad

What to Know

  • Select Settings > Notifications > Mail > Allow Notifications.
  • Choose the account, sender, or thread for which you want notifications.
  • Choose a sound.

This article shows how to choose a sound to alert you when you receive new emails on any iOS device running any modern version of Mail.

How to Pick a New Email Sound in iOS Mail

To choose the sound that plays when you receive a new email message:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Go to Notifications > Mail.

  3. Turn on the Allow Notifications toggle switch.

    Notifications, Mail icons in iOS Settings
  4. Choose the account:

    • Select an email account to change its new email sound.
    • If VIP senders are set up, make Mail create a different sound to distinguish those senders from other recipients. Choose VIP instead of a specific email account.
    • Choose Thread Notifications to make a different email sound for the messages you enabled notifications.

    Custom sounds for VIP and Thread Notifications work even if other Mail notifications are disabled.

  5. Tap Sounds.

    VIP settings, Sounds, Thread Notifications in iOS Settings
  6. Select the new email sound you want to use for the email account, VIP senders, or email threads that have notifications enabled.

  7. Each tone you select plays a preview sound.

    Tone Store, Note, Alert Tones store in iOS

    Choose Tone Store to shop for new sounds.

  8. Press the Home button to save and exit the settings. Or, repeat the steps to change the email sound for a different email account.

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