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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Change Message Tone in Hangouts App in Android 4.4 Kitkat

Since the SMS messages feature in Hangouts app is not enabled by default therefore when you want to use this feature on your phone then you have to enable it manually through the Settings menu or through the Hangouts app itself. Enabling the SMS messages feature in Hangouts will also set this app as the default messaging app. Please note that by setting Hangouts app as the default messaging app, some of features of the Samsung applications are prevented to be used.

See also: How to Enable SMS Messages in Hangouts App in the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.4 Kitkat

As same as other messaging apps, in Hangouts app you can also change the message tone according to your liking to make you easier to know if you have a new Hangouts message in your phone. And a good news of this is if you use Hangouts app in Android 4.4 Kitkat, once you activate SMS messages in Hangouts then other messaging apps will be disabled so you won't get double notifications.


How to change message tone in Hangouts app?
Generally, there are two methods that you can use to change the message tone in Hangouts app, from the Hangouts app settings and from an opened message in Hangouts app.


Method #1: From the Hangouts app settings
This method will change message tone for incoming messages in Hangouts app from all contacts. Here are the steps:
  1. Open Hangouts app.
  2. Tap the Menu key and then select Settings.
  3. Tap SMS.
  4. Make sure the checkbox next to Notifications is checked.
  5. Tap Sound.
  6. Tap the desired message tone you want to use.
  7. Tap OK button.
  8. If you want your phone vibrates when receiving a new message, mark the checkbox next to Vibrate.


Method #2: From the opened message in Hangouts app
This method will only change the message tone for the sender of the selected message. It can be used to differ the message tone for certain contact who have ever sent you a message. Here are the steps:
  1. Open Hangouts app.
  2. Open the required conversation from particular contact.
  3. Tap the Menu key and then select People & options.
  4. Make sure the checkbox next to Notifications is checked.
  5. Tap Chat message sound.
  6. Tap the desired message tone you want to use.
  7. Tap OK button.

By knowing these steps, now you can easily change the message tone in Hangouts app for the whole of your contacts or set different message tone for the different contacts(favourite or important contacts) so that you will be easier to know if you have a new message from them.

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