How to Change the New Mail Sound in iOS Mail

Pick special sounds for VIPs and threads on your iPhone or iPad

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Like a gramo-, the iPhone can play just the sounds you want. © Jalal gerald Aro; CC BY-SA 2.0 license
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If you are into customizing your iPhone or iPad, you'll be happy to hear that you can pick the sound iOS Mail plays when new email arrives in your inbox.

IOS 11 ships with a large selection of alert tones and ringtones from which you can select the perfect tone to alert you to new mail. You can also purchase additional ringtones from the Tone Store. Assign a different tone to your VIP senders to recognize them right away.

With iOS Mail, you can have one sound for regular emails, another for messages from your most important senders, and yet another for emails in conversations you have marked to watch.

Change the New Mail Sound in iOS Mail

To pick a different sound for new email alerts from iOS Mail on iPhone and iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap Mail in the list that opens.
  4. Turn on the slider next to Allow Notifications if it is turned off.
  5. Tap iCloud or one of the other email accounts listed. Each account can be assigned a different mail alert sound.
  6. The current sound is identified opposite Sounds at the top of the screen that opens. Tap Sounds to open the Sounds screen.
  7. Scroll through the Alert Tones and the Ringtones sections. Tap the name of a sound to hear a preview. When you find a sound you want to use, tap its name to place a check mark next to the sound. Alternately, tap Tone Store to shop for new sounds.
  1. Tap iCloud at the top of the screen and then tap Mail, also at the top of the screen, to return to the Notifications screen.
  2. Repeat the process for other email accounts to assign sounds to them. 

Assign a Different Sound to VIP Senders

People you have identified as VIP senders can be assigned a different sound to distinguish them from other email senders.

  1. Tap VIP on the Mail Notifications screen (Settings > Notifications > Mail) to open the Sounds screen.
  2. Just as you did for your email accounts, select a specific sound for your VIP senders by tapping it to place a check mark in front of its name.

Assign a Different Sound to Thread Notifications

  1. Tap Thread Notifications on the Mail Notifications screen (Settings > Notifications > Mail) to open the Thread Notifications screen. 
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Just as you did for your email accounts, select a specific sound for Thread Notifications by tapping it to place a check mark in front of its name.