Controlling notifications

In the Settings screen, you can set two kinds of notifications:

Android provides a great many settings to let you control whether alerts appear, how they are shown, and how they sound.

Start by opening Android’s own Settings app.

Select “Apps”, find Universalis and tap on its name.

You need to do two things.

1. Give permission for alarms to be set at a specified time. This permission is required in Android 13 upwards, and is in the "Advanced" section at the bottom of the screen.

2. Give permission for notifications to be displayed. To do this, tap on “Notifications”:

Only the alerts you have set up will appear in this list, so you need to set up an alert in the Universalis settings first before you can adjust its properties in the Notifications screen.

Now tap on the name of the kind of notification you want to adjust. For example, if you choose Hour Alerts:

The various settings are reasonably self-explanatory.

The one thing to remember is that if you change the sound of an alert from the original sound given to it by Universalis, you can never change it back again. Android has been intentionally designed to behave like this.

Further details on alert sounds

Actually sometimes Android replaces the sounds for you even without asking.

Android is designed by Google to give you what it knows you want, rather than what you think you want. This is a consistent design principle and it applies to notification sounds as much as to anything else.

Google give no support for Android at all. Instead there are various “community” forums in which people who do not know the answers give misguided guidance to each other. From time to time a semi-official-sounding person picks up on a few keywords in the discussion and adds an authoritative-sounding reply which completely misses the point of the question.

In this particular case, the conclusions seem to be:

None of these statements may be true; or perhaps all of them are; but they are a good way of making people go away and stop complaining.

Here is one link to such a discussion.

Here is another link.