Is there an app that can control the volume of notifications for separate apps like SMS and Gmail? I searched around and found a number of old threads that says it's not possible. There was an app called WhoIsIt that did what I was looking for but it seems to have been discontinued.

Otherwise I guess I'll have to make a custom ringtone that's louder than normal and use different ringtones for SMS and Gmail.

I'm on Android 2.3 btw.

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Quick Answer

Volume control is managed system wide. The Android OS doesn't support independent control per application, only per stream type.


The AudioManager Class only provides developers a way to adjust the audio volume per Stream type, not per application running.

This means that when setting the volume for a specific stream, will affect the entire system.

Currently available streams:

Most of this screams exists since the API level 1, and continue to act the same way on the current API level 16.


My Sprint Store Assistant Manager loaded MP3 Ringtone Maker from Google Play. He used that for the SMS text notification sound. I'm delighted since I now can hear when a text massage comes in. The result can be volume adjusted.

Sadly Google Reader and Google Gmail are almost whisper quiet despite his efforts.

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    There are several apps on Google Play called "MP3 Ringtone Maker". Which one are you referring too?
    – THelper
    Oct 11, 2012 at 7:12

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