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Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos is the first to admit it made a mistake. The PLAYBAR, its home entertainment-focused soundbar speaker, was an audio marvel back in 2013 when it was first announced, but the ergonomics didn’t live up to the sound. Turns out, Sonos belatedly realized, that while the PLAYBAR works best when wall-mounted, only the minority of people actually wall-mount their TVs. Enter the Sonos PLAYBASE, completely redesigned to slip right underneath your flatscreen.

Sonos has, perversely, put a huge amount of thought into the design and construction of something you’re meant to ignore entirely. Take the PLAYBASE out of the box – noting Sonos’ exquisite packaging as you go – and the first impression is one of denseness. It’s made of tough polycarbonate, so that it can withstand the weight of a TV on top without relying on metal that might impact wireless performance, with a matte black or white finish. It feels almost like porcelain.

The front and sides are peppered with holes, around 43,000 of them, including across the Sonos logo. Like the second-generation PLAY:5 there are touch-sensitive buttons for play/pause and volume on the top edge. Unlike the PLAYBAR – which remains on-sale alongside it – there’s no capacity for wall-mounting.

Setup is, as per the Sonos norm, straightforward. With only power, ethernet, and an optical digital audio input on the back of the PLAYBASE, there’s not much to plug in: if you’re connecting it to a wireless network, you could be done with just two cords. After that, it’s a case of finding the speaker with the Sonos app and pressing the pairing button on the side to confirm it.

The app then runs through downloading the latest firmware and walking you through tweaking your TV settings so that audio comes through the PLAYBASE rather than the built-in speakers. For me, that meant heading into the audio menu and choosing the optical digital output rather than the speakers; the app recognized that, and moved onto learning the TV remote’s volume commands.

That’s where I encountered a hiccup. Rather than IR, the TV’s remote I was using relied on Bluetooth; that meant the PLAYBASE couldn’t recognize its commands. The volume buttons on an Apple TV remote were recognized, however, and I could use them to adjust the PLAYBASE volume. If you would typically control volume with the TV’s own remote and the Sonos system can’t understand it, however, you’ll be forced to change volume using the Sonos app. That’s a lot less convenient than a dedicated remote control.

When Sonos took the wraps off the PLAYBASE, much was made of the speaker’s relatively low-key interconnectivity. Unlike the HDMI switcher many modern soundbars feature, it makes do with the digital audio output alone. The thinking, Sonos explained to me, is that most people now rely on at least two or more sources for their home entertainment these days: perhaps a set-top box for cable, a streaming device like Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV, and both OTA broadcasts and smart TV apps on the TV itself.

With that variety in play, Sonos decided that leaving the TV as the hub and simply taking over audio duties was easiest. Indeed, had I plugged the PLAYBASE into the Apple TV, say, I then wouldn’t have been able to hear audio from the TV’s own Amazon Prime Video app. If you’re using the PLAYBASE to listen to music, it automatically switches to TV audio when it gets a signal from the optical digital connection.

I’d love to show you a photo of a TV perched neatly atop the PLAYBASE, but unfortunately I can’t. Neither of the two sets I have on-hand fit properly: with one, a 65-inch Samsung with a Y-shaped base, the legs extend off the side of the Sonos speaker by about 4-5 inches each side. It’s stable – and the roughly 28-inch wide PLAYBASE will handle up to 77 pounds in weight – but it doesn’t look especially pleasing to the eye.

The other TV, though, is a 43-inch HiSense with a small angled foot at each side. Since they’re spaced just too far apart to stand on the PLAYBASE, there’s no way it can fit on top. In the end, I settled for slotting the speaker underneath the TV cabinet where, since it’s just over two inches in height, it fit with room to spare.

Sonos does have a workaround if you’re in my situation, a custom-designed base for TVs called SANUS. Effectively a wall-mount but on a pillar stand, the $149.99 base is suitable for sets between 32- and 60-inches, and up to 60 pounds in weight. Unfortunately, the Samsung TV I wanted to test is slightly outside of those specifications.

The PLAYBASE takes lemons and makes lemonade, however. With many speakerbars, being shoved unceremoniously underneath a TV cabinet would be the kiss of death for audio quality; Sonos, though, has a secret weapon. That’s Trueplay, its tuning system.

Launched in 2024, Trueplay basically uses your iPhone or iPad as a calibration microphone. First, you sit in your typical TV-watching position with the phone held at head-height, as a series of booming tones are played. Then, you walk slowly around the room, waving the phone up and down as more tones sound. After a few seconds’ consideration, the PLAYBASE adjusts its own EQ settings to take into account reflective surfaces, walls that may be nearer on one side than the other, and other placement compromises.

It’s not quite magic, but it’s fairly close. Beforehand, the PLAYBASE sounded good but a little flat, perhaps due to reverberations from the underside of the cabinet. After tuning, though, it sounded like the audio had gained headroom and was better filling the room. Subtle, yes, but definitely worth doing.

What isn’t subtle is the volume the PLAYBASE is capable of. Part of the reason the speaker took so long for Sonos to produce is that the company’s engineers needed to come up with drivers small enough to fit inside the low-profile chassis, but still sufficient to fill a room with sound. The result is an array of six mid-range, three tweeters, and a woofer.

I feared bass would be in short supply, but needn’t have worried. The PLAYBASE is bright, bold, and full-bodied, managing just as much stereo-separation as its wider PLAYBAR sibling, itself impressive at creating a soundstage given that it’s an all-in-one system. You can pair up a set of PLAY:1 or PLAY:3 speakers for rear stereo surround duties, which sounds great with the right content, but though Sonos does off a wireless SUB subwoofer, I can’t imagine most people needing it. If you live in an apartment, save your money (and avoid arguments with the neighbors).

One of the elements I like the most is how hands-off the PLAYBASE can be. Indeed, once you’ve set things up, you can basically leave it to do its thing, forgetting it’s there and just enjoying the markedly better audio than any TV’s own speakers are capable of. That’s not to say there aren’t extras.

Dig into the Sonos app and you find the two sound enhancement options. Speech Enhancement is basically an EQ setting that prioritizes audibility of vocals, toning down louder sounds in the process. If you’ve ever had problems making out dialog in action movies, it’s worth turning on.

Night Sound, meanwhile, is more about keeping the rest of the household happy, not just the person watching. Intended to be used with low overall volumes, it raises the quieter sounds while tamping down on the louder ones. The result is audio that’s still legible without being overpowering.

Sonos, of course, is mainly known for its multi-room music. There, like the PLAYBAR, the PLAYBASE fits in as just another speaker zone. You can pipe music through to it from a local computer or network-attached storage, your iOS or Android device, or from a host of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, either individually or grouped with a set of other speakers. It’s definitely more powerful than a single PLAY:5, as you’d expect. Conversely, you can broadcast TV audio from the set plugged into the PLAYBASE out through every other speaker on your Sonos network.

Not everything is perfect, mind. Though you get Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, there’s no support for DTS multichannel; Sonos says that’s because it’s not used on streaming services, only physical media, though that hasn’t stopped PLAYBAR owners from complaining about it since 2013. There’s no Dolby Atmos support, either, though that would require ceiling-mounted speakers and probably go against Sonos’ ethos of simplicity. Maximum bitrate is – as per other Sonos speakers – limited to 16-bit/44.1kHz. Later in the year there’ll be Amazon Alexa support, though you’ll need an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot since it won’t be built into the PLAYBASE natively.

The absence of DTS support means those with sizable libraries of Blu-ray or other physical media should look elsewhere. Still, true home theater aficionados likely wouldn’t be satisfied with a speakerbar anyway, preferring a traditional surround sound system instead. Indeed, if you’re thinking of adding a $699 SUB and a pair of $299 PLAY:3 to the $699 PLAYBASE you’re looking at just shy of $2k, and I’m not convinced it’s the best route to take for surround sound.

Instead, the PLAYBASE makes most sense as a simple, discreet way to give your TV’s speakers a considerable upgrade without your living room descending into wire madness. Long-term followers of Sonos won’t blanch at the $699 price tag, and though there are cheaper soundbars and even full 5.1 surround systems out there for less, few if any boost the convenience, simplicity, and general polish of Sonos’ platform. Indeed, it’s existing Sonos owners who make the most sense for the PLAYBAR; they just need to make sure they measure up their TV stands first.

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Training Review – A Big Data Course With A ‘Big’ Difference From Jigsaw Academy

Big Data has emerged as one of the fastest growing fields in recent times and every business is looking to leverage Big Data to get ahead of the competition. It’s thus not surprising that the demand for skilled Big Data professionals is huge and far exceeds the current supply. So much so, that those with Big Data skills command high salaries (about 25- 50% higher than IT and other fields). It has become the field of choice for many IT professionals looking to fast track their career.

There were no courses in Big Data analytics, until even 18 months ago. However, today we are seeing a flood of courses on offer and many can’t decide, which is the right course for them.

I recently heard that Jigsaw Academy has launched its Big Data analytics course. What caught my attention was the fact that they claim to have India’s first globally recognized certification in Big Data. Now this is something I wanted to check out for real.

The first thing I did was check out the website – specifically the Big Data course page

Credibility of the certification

Jigsaw Academy has tied up with Wiley, a US based publication house, for the Big Data course. All of us, especially the engineers amongst us who swear by Resnick and Halliday know Wiley books. But what is less well known is the fact that Wiley also has a number of certifications, especially in IT.

What was interesting for me was that this is the first time Wiley has tied up with an Indian organization to come up with a joint certification – the Wiley-Jigsaw Big Data specialist certification.

The Wiley-Jigsaw certification certainly looks like the most credible certification available on Big data and should improve job and career prospects for the people, who undertake it.

Course Outline

Keeping the brands aside, let us look at the content of the course.

Comparing the Jigsaw course with the Edureka course, I found a huge overlap between the two. Both the courses cover hadoop, mapreduce, hive, pig and other popular Big Data technologies. However, Jigsaw’s course has an analytics orientation, while the Edureka course has a more technology orientation. It comes out clearly that Jigsaw has made a significant effort to make it more readable to a novice. Edureka, on the other hand, seems to be targeting IT professionals who are already familiar with technical terminologies.

Jigsaw Academy’s Big Data course has an edge when it comes to the analytics piece – they have modules on R and its integration with hadoop –  RHadoop and RMR packages. Also, their case studies cover both structured and unstructured data. If their past case studies are anything to go by, students are in for some great hands-on experience.

This difference stands out, when I compare this course from Jigsaw with other courses as well. Jigsaw’s Big Data course is the first one, I have seen in the market, that has clear focus on analytics.

Student Experience

After certification credibility and course outline, another important evaluation criterion is overall student experience.

I asked Jigsaw for access to one of their Big Data modules. I came away very impressed by the quality of their videos and assignments. Their videos are superior to anything I have seen, including the MIT and Coursera videos. You can have a look at a sample video here.

I also managed to catch hold of two students, who were part of the pilot batch run by Jigsaw in May. Both students were very appreciative of the course.

Umang Chugh, an MBA graduate from AIM Manila, said “I had previously done some analytics courses from Jigsaw and I had really liked them. So when they invited me to be a part of the pilot for Big Data I jumped at it. They have maintained the level of quality we all know them for. Even though Big Data is an intimidating area for a newbie like me, Jigsaw managed to make the course simple and interesting.”

Yatin Gupta is another IT professional who enrolled for the pilot batch.

“What I liked best about the course is the support from the mentors, who are knowledgeable and very helpful. I also liked the case studies and the way they have set up their Big Data lab. It is very easy for a beginner to get started.”

The Wiley Difference

Finally, I wanted to explore the Wiley component of the course. Jigsaw has several analytics courses that are offered independently. What was the reason for the tie up with Wiley? What does Wiley add to the offering?

Wiley has pulled in Big Data experts from around the world to create some of the content for the course. Students receive books (e-copies as well as physical copies) of the course material.

“Wiley has the ability to reach some of the best Big Data experts for building the content. We have the expertise to deliver a great online learning experience. I think together we have the ability to create a world class course in Big Data analytics.” Says Sarita Digumarti, the COO of Jigsaw Academy.

“This is the first time we will be offering physical study material in the form of books to our students. And we could think of no one better than Wiley to partner with for this” she said.

What I did not like

One thing I did not like about the course is that it assumes its students are familiar with analytics and the R tool. I would have liked the R module to be included in the course itself.

We feel that a combination of our Data Science course (where people learn analytics with R) and the Big Data course is the ideal combination for anyone looking to enter into this field. Combining both the courses into one would make the course very long. We deliberately ensure that all our courses are less than 6 months.

The price point of the course is surely something I am concerned about. At Rs. 42,000 this is among the most expensive courses in the market currently.

“Quality comes at a price” was the short answer from Sarita Digumarti when I quizzed her about the course fee. “Our courses have always been premium priced and we feel this kind of pricing is essential for us to be able to continue to deliver the quality of the student experience we aim for.”

Currently, Jigsaw academy is offering an introductory discount of over 15% on their course. This translates to a saving of Rs. 7000 and makes this course very attractive  (Update: This offer was valid till 31st August 2014 and has now expired. But you can still get some great discounts with offers on their site)

Is the course worth investing your time and money in?

Let’s look at the positives first – It offers a globally recognized certification, it offers Big Data with analytics perspective, it delivers a good student experience, the quality of the videos is top class and it leverages on Wiley’s 100+ years of experience in creating great content.

On the flip side, the course is pricey and it needs to be combined with their Data science course to get the full benefit.

Personally, if I can afford to spend Rs. 42,000 on a course, this is the course I would go for.

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Pokemon Unite Review: Big Fun, Big Concerns

On balance, it’s tricky to write a review of a game like Pokemon Unite. First of all, we have the fact that what I’m reviewing today probably won’t be the game that people are playing in a couple of months thanks to changes in the meta, the introduction of new Pokemon, and even the possibility of new mechanics being added. More concerning to me, though, is the tricky dichotomy between the fact that the game really is a lot of fun and the fact that TiMi Studio Group (the game’s developer and a subsidiary of Tencent) and The Pokemon Company have no issue with putting pay-to-win mechanics in a game that’s not only competitive but also one that children are sure to play.

Gameplay in Pokemon Unite can be best summed up as “MOBA-lite.” As in more complex MOBAs like League of Legends, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm, Pokemon Unite pits two teams of five players against one another. Pokemon Unite’s map has two lanes with four scoring zones – two for each team – along with a fifth scoring zone for each team, located where the two lanes meet in front of each team’s base.

The goal is to defeat wild Pokemon dotted around the map, and the Pokemon on the opposing team, to collect energy, which you then take to one of the opposing team’s goal zones to score. When you die, you’ll be taken out of the game for a set amount of time that gets longer as the game goes on, making late-game deaths much more severe than those early on. You’ll also drop a portion of the energy you were carrying, allowing other players to potentially pick it up and add it to their own score.

As you play through a match and defeat opposing and wild Pokemon, your own character will level up, gaining more health and attack damage along with new and upgraded abilities at certain levels. Each Pokemon has a basic attack, two regular abilities on short cooldown timers, and an ultimate ability on a long cooldown timer. Using these abilities at the right time is often key to winning fights, and dodging skillshots from your opponents can be the difference between winning a fight and losing one.

Pokemon Unite streamlines a lot of the MOBA experience. Matches are only 10 minutes long, and no minion waves are marching down lanes at regular intervals like they do in pretty much every other MOBA under the sun. Goal zones replace towers and, while they give defensive bonuses to their team’s players and are destroyed after the enemy team scores 100 points at them, they don’t fire at enemies like traditional MOBA towers do.

While there are items that give stat boosts, they’re part of an account inventory and are equipped before a match even begins rather than purchased during a match. Instead of having players buy items during a match to upgrade their characters, abilities are upgraded automatically at certain levels, becoming stronger or, in some cases, changing entirely. Players are even given a choice between upgrading into two different skills at certain tiers, which gives each Pokemon some build variety and the ability to switch it up between matches.

I quite like the leveling system Pokemon Unite has to offer. I’m a bit of a casual MOBA player as I’m coming from Heroes of the Storm, so I’m not used to buying items throughout the course of a match anyway. However, Pokemon Unite’s changing abilities are somewhat reminiscent of Heroes’ talents, so I feel right at home.

The gameplay in Pokemon Unite is fast-paced and unexpectedly addictive. There’s less focus on macro play, but knowing when to rotate in-between lanes to keep the pressure on the enemy team can certainly help. While it’s tempting to just run down a lane and fight the opposing players as often as possible, defeating wild Pokemon is how you’ll get a level lead in the early game, and a level lead then can help your team snowball to a victory.

Teamfights in Pokemon Unite are often a dazzling display of abilities. Pokemon are split into five different types: Defender, Supporter, Attacker, All-Rounder, and Speedster. Defenders are the tanks of Pokemon Unite; they have a lot of HP to soak damage and often have some type of crowd control that can help damage dealers line up kills. Attackers are pretty self-explanatory, as they’re squishy characters who die quickly when they’re out of position, but they can really pile on the damage with their ranged attacks.

Supporters can heal or buff teammates, hinder opponents, or perform some mix of both. Speedsters are the junglers of Pokemon Unite, and they excel at clearing the wild Pokemon from the middle of the map before rotating into lanes at the right time to help their teammates secure kills. Finally, we have All-Rounders, who are the Pokemon that don’t seem to fit into any other group particularly well. These Pokemon are typically the melee damage dealers, and they tend to have more health than their ranged Attacker counterparts.

While MOBAs typically want you to have a balanced team, you can often get away with playing the role you want in Pokemonm Unite, at least in lower levels. Of course, at higher levels of organized play, you’ll benefit by having a Defender, Supporter, and Speedster on your team, but I’ve won plenty of matches where most of my team was comprised of Attackers, All-Rounders, and a single Supporter or Speedster.

I was completely caught off guard by how fun Pokemon Unite is. I went in expecting very little, but Pokemon Unite managed to impress. I wonder about Pokemon Unite’s longevity considering its more streamlined matches, but for now, at least, I’m having a ton of fun with this game.

Acer Goes Big With 15

You know what the world needs? A Chromebook with a big screen. At least that’s the message Acer has heard and answered with its new Chromebook 15, which sports a 15.6-inch display—the largest available on any Chromebook.

That display will come in two resolutions: 1920×1080 pixels, or a more pedestrian 1366×768 pixels. The Acer Chromebook 15 will also offer two CPUs options based on Intel’s upcoming, Broadwell-based chips: a Core i3, or a Celeron variant. Acer

Acer’s new Chromebook 15 will come with an option for a 1920×1080 or 1366×768 screen.

Other amenities in the Chromebook 15 include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO 2×2 antennas, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, and an SD card reader. Acer remained vague about battery life, describing it as “all-day.”

Now let’s talk build. Given the crap-tacular quality of earlier generations of Chromebooks, there was frankly nowhere to go but up—and many newer models do seem to be better made. The Chromebook 15 also has a bigger display to protect, though. Acer claims the unit has been reinforced to reduce flexing, and the corners are capable of withstanding a drop of up to 18 inches. That may cover an accidental slip from your lap—barely—but for the consumer and education markets where Chromebooks reign, I’d expect a stronger guarantee.

Versions of the Chromebook 15, officially model CB5-571, will come with either 16GB SSD or 32GB SSD storage and 2GB or 4GB of RAM. Prices for specific models weren’t disclosed but will start at $249. I’d guess that nets you the Celeron version with 16GB SSD, 2GB RAM, and the 1366×768 screen.

Chromebooks on the war path

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CPU options for the new 15.6-inch Acer Chromebook 15 include a Core i3 or Celeron using Intel’s 5th generation CPU.

It’s little wonder the company is the first with a 15.6-inch device. Acer claims to hold 40 percent of the Chromebook market currently. This seems to jibe with data from research firm NPD, which shows the company growing from 7 percent of the market in January to May of 2013, to a whopping 31 percent for the same period in 2014. (Early Chromebook supporter Samsung was the big loser, going from 88 percent of the market in the first half of 2013, to 48 percent in the first half of 2014.)

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Acer’s Chromebook 13 gets an upgrade with a touch screen this year.

Nvidia gets love too

The Chromebook 15 is just the biggest such news from Acer. The company also announced a new Chromebook 13 with a touchscreen. The original Chromebook 13 was one of the first out the door with Nvidia’s Tegra K1 ARM CPU, instead of a Samsung Exynos or the default Intel CPUs of late. Tegra K1’s have since also been adopted by HP in its latest Chromebook 14. The price of the new Chromebook 13 with touch will be $330.

PCWorld has tested the original Chromebook 13 and found overall performance to be decent when put against a Bay Trail-based Chromebook, plus it has great battery life. The big question for Tegra K1 and possibly all ARM-based Chromebooks is how they’ll fare now that Broadwell-based Chromebooks are here. Stay tuned.

Lettercraft Review: A Word Game Crafted With Care

With Lettercraft, developer Marco Torretta has created a game built to conquer the mobile market. It’s a word game, one of the App Store’s most popular categories. It’s short, with each session taking just about two minutes. It’s even straightforward and easy to learn. The real success of Lettercraft, however, is its surprising depth and creative mechanics.

Concept

On the surface, Lettercraft is a fairly standard word game. When you start up a level, you are presented with a five by five grid of letters. The goal is to utilize these letters to form as many words as possible before time runs out. Lettercraft breaks a bit of word game tradition by allowing players to select letters that are not connected, but this mercy is appreciated when the game reveals its trickier nature.

Lettercraft contains a single player campaign mode that is rife with crafty challenges. One level might ask you to only use words with the letter “a,” while another will force you to come up with words longer than five characters. These challenges are extremely fun and push Lettercraft to the next level.

Design

The sound design is very minimal, with only the barest of sound effects and no music at all. It’s not offensive or bothersome, but it doesn’t really add to the experience either. The graphics, however, are great. Everything has a little splash of color to it, and all of the icons animate slightly when selected.

Gameplay

The Good

I love how easy Lettercraft is to control, but the real draw is the campaign mode. The challenges that the game provides are the most compelling thing I’ve seen in a word game to date. I love word puzzles, but always wind up neglecting my iPhone’s collection of them. I don’t see that happening with Lettercraft.

The Bad

Lettercraft does have a few strange flaws, though, the first being that the game only supports Bluetooth multiplayer. This may have been a decision because Game Center takes care of issuing challenges, but it feels more like an oversight. The second flaw can be found in the game’s difficulty adjustments. Switching the single player difficulty over from medium to hard only increases the amount of points required to achieve each star. It doesn’t provide new challenges. It’s a nice little addition, and I realize that it didn’t need to be included. I just wish there was a bit more to it.

Value

Lettercraft is free to download, but that really only gets you a demo version of the game. The compelling campaign mode is capped off at five levels. This effectively gates “survival” as well, because you need 20 stars to unlock it. In my mind, the $0.99 purchase to unlock these modes is a no brainer.

There is a lot of challenging gameplay here for such a low price. Things get a bit more complicated when looking at Lettercraft’s other in-app purchases, however. The game’s statistics are amazingly detailed, but come with a price tag of $1.99. Thirteen addition themes are also available for $0.99.

Finally, you can unlock the levels, the stats, and the themes all for $2.99. Themes have never really been my thing, but since I love stats I happily parted with my $2.99 and came away with themes in hand. Luckily, the game allows you to browse all of the color schemes and all of the stats before purchasing, which makes this an easy decision for anyone to tackle.

Conclusion

I highly recommend giving Lettercraft a look. It can be a fun little diversion if you want, or it can evolve into an engrossing challenge. The price point even mirrors this by adjusting to fit your desires. It’s free to try and well worth a go.

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Whatsapp: How To Give A Specific Contact A Different Notification Sound

You’re expecting a message from a friend. When you finally hear the notification sound, you rush to check your phone to only see you didn’t get the message you are waiting for. Since you get the same notification sound for all your WhatsApp messages, there’s no way to know whose message it’s from. Or, is there?

How to Customize Your WhatsAppNotification Sounds

The good news is that WhatsApp has a large variety of notification sounds to choose from. It even allows you to add a notification sound of your own, whether you have them on your Android device or get it from a third-party app.  Let’s see how you can change the notifications sound for all your contacts or only a few of them.

Open WhatsApp and open the contacts whose notification sound you want to change. Tap on the dots at the top right and choose View Contact.

Once you’re in the contact’s settings, look for and tap on the Custom notifications option. It should be the second one down.

At the top, you’re going to see a box for the Use custom notifications option. Check that box, and more options will become available. Tap on the notification tone and choose from the options WhatsApp has to offer, or you can tap on the add ringtone option at the very end and choose one from your device.

How to Install New Notifications Sounds for WhatsApp

If you have an app like Zedge installed, you’ll see the app icon after tapping on the notification sound option. Tap on the Zedge icon and go to the ap’s notification sound section. Look for a tone you like and download it. Don’t forget to set it as a tone or add it to the media folder.

As long as you’re in the notification section of WhatApp, you can also turn on or off the notifications’ vibrate option. If you don’t want to miss a single notification, you can also toggle the Use high priority notifications.

How to Change Notification Sound for All WhatsApp Contacts

If you want a fresh start for all your WhatsApp contacts, tap on the dots at the top right and go to Settings.

Tap on the notifications option, and you’ll end up in the notification settings. Tap on the Notification tone option and choose your new tone.

How to Change Notification Sound for WhatsApp Groups

Who isn’t in a WhatsApp group, right? If you’re in quite a few, you might be interested in giving each group their own notification sound. That way, you know if it’s worth picking up your phone or not.

Open WhatsApp and open the group whose notification sound you want to change.  Go to group info by tapping on the group name on the top or tapping on the top right dots. The Custom notifications option will be the second one on the list. Check the box for the Use custom notifications option at the top. If you don’t check the box for this option, the other notifications options won’t be available.

To change the notification sound, tap on Notification tone and choose your new sound. You can choose your new sound from your Android device or a third-party app you’ve already installed.

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