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audio – Android Notification to play sound only

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a countdown timer in my activity and when it reaches zero I send a notification to the status bar which also plays a custom wav file to alert the user. I only want the status bar notification to appear if the user isn’t using the app at the time but I still want the wav file to play whether the timer app is visible or not.

Is it possible to make the Android notification only play the audio alert? I’ve tried using MediaPlayer to play the wav file instead but this uses its own volume settings and not the regular notification volume so if your media volume is low then the notification sound plays at a low volume too which I don’t want. I want the sound to play at the same volume as other notifications.

I’m using this:

And supplying the sound like this:

notification.sound = Uri.parse("android.resource://" + getPackageName() + "/" + R.raw.notifysnd);
How to&Answers:

In ‘Adding a sound’ section in http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/ui/notifiers/notifications.html
there is this note :

Note: If the defaults field includes DEFAULT_SOUND, then the default sound overrides any sound defined by the sound field.

So, if you want to customize only sound, you may use –

notification.sound = Uri.parse("android.resource://" + getPackageName() + "/" + R.raw.notifysnd);
notification.defaults = Notification.DEFAULT_LIGHTS | Notification.DEFAULT_VIBRATE;


According to my experiment, you can indeed send a notification without it appear in the notification area but still have the sound played.

All you need to do is to construct a notification builder and set sound to it, but skip the pending intent, icon, content title and content text.

NotificationCompat.Builder builder = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this);
notificationManager.notify(1234, builder.build());


Uri soundUri = RingtoneManager.getDefaultUri(RingtoneManager.TYPE_NOTIFICATION);

Notification mNotification = new Notification.Builder(this)

            .setContentTitle("New Post!")
            .setContentText("Here's an awesome update for you!")


NotificationCompat.Builder builder= new NotificationCompat.Builder(this);

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