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If it matters any I have an HTC Desire Z with the original Sense install.

We have this monitoring service at work that keeps an eye on the various servers and starts frantically SMS'ing me whenever things aren't working right.

I'd like to set a separate notification tone for SMS's from that one contact. How do you do that? Under the contact I have an option for the Ringtone, but there doesn't seem to be an option for the SMS notification tone.

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Ryan is correct and I would recommend SMS Popup. Been using it since my G1 days. Lots of options like quick replies, custom vibration, and alert repetition to complement the custom message tones. You will need to turn off the native message notifications though, but it's definitely worth it.

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Plus, as I understand, the author tries to maintain it using only user donations. Thus it doesn't contain any ads as Handcent does, for example. –  Igor Zinov'yev Oct 19 '11 at 19:32

You cannot change the notification tone for a single user, only the Ringtone. You may be able to find a 3rd party SMS that will allow you to set up different notification sounds for specific users, but I am not aware of any.

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I think Handcent will allow you to do it. –  Chance Aug 1 '11 at 19:17

Another option is Ringo, which I've been using for over a year and it works great for just this purpose (I have a server that yells at me too). The free version has everything I need, though there is a paid version with more options as well.

Update if you use Hangouts as your messaging app: As of Hangouts version 2.1.2 (June 2014), you can customize the sound for each conversation. To do so:

  1. Open (or start) a conversation with the contact you'd like to edit
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner
  3. Tap "People & options"
  4. Tap "Chat message sound" and select the sound you'd like
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Use Go SMS Pro to change individual customization for notification.

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If you don't want to download a new messenger app, you can try using Contact Alert. It allows you to set custom notification sounds per contact and runs parallel to whatever messaging app you currently use. You will have to turn off sounds in your current messenger app to prevent your phone from playing 2 notifications at once.

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this is what I did without any 3rd party apps.. for a long time I used go sms.. but.. if you go into and make your own file folders by coopying and pasting.. voile'!

  1. Open My Files application (The default file manager on Samsung devices)
  2. Under Local Storage, open the Device Storage option
  3. Browse the audio file, long press on it, tap the 3dot icon, and select the Copy option
  4. under Device Storage, find the "Notifications" folder, open it, and Paste the copied audio file
  5. Now, open the Messages application
  6. Tap the 3dot icon and Settings after that
  7. Tap the Notifications option, and then the Notification Sound.
  8. On the opened list, you should now see the name of your audio file, and you just need to select it.
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The answer changes all notification sounds, not just the desired contact's notifications. –  onik Oct 3 at 10:36

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