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We all love WhatsApp, and the way it has integrated itself in all aspects of our lives, be it personal, or business. However, the app also comes with a number of limitations. Like you cannot change the custom WhatsApp notification sound on iPhone, can’t send more than 10 pictures at once, and few more hard to crack limitations.

However, our friends at the jailbreak community have finally come up with ways to remove or at least reduce this limitations. In case you are bored of listening to the same old WhatsApp notification sound, we have a way by which you can add your own custom notification alert for WhatsApp. So here it is.


1. Jailbroken iPhone 3GS or above.
2. Windows/Mac powered desktop or laptop.
3. WhatsApp And Cydia installed on your iPhone.
4. Putty for Windows, or Terminal for Mac. [Download – Putty | Terminal]
5. FTP tool like FileZilla [Download – FileZilla]
6. Working internet connection.
7. Little patience!

How to Add Custom WhatsApp Notification Sound On iPhone

NOTE: Before proceeding, make sure you have a JAILBROKEN iPhone. We are assuming that you already have one. If not, you will first have to jailbreak it. Please make a complete backup of your iPhone before proceeding, in case anything goes wrong.

See also: Hide WhatsApp Message Sneak Preview from iPhone Lockscreen

Step 1: First of all, you need to know that WhatsApp supports only two audio formats for its alert tones – .aiff and .caf . So before proceeding, you will have to convert your audio tone into these file formats. Here, we are going to convert our mp3 audio file into .aiff file format. To do so, simply navigate here and upload the audio clip either from your computer or DropBox account.

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We recommend you to keep your WhatsApp notification sound under 1.5 minute for best experience.  Click on Convert to convert your .mp3 file into .aiff file format.

Step 2: Now, rename the downloaded file with .caf extension. This is because .aiff and .caf are closely related in terms of encoding, and using .caf for .aiff file format should serve the purpose for us here. However , please make sure you rename the file with either of the following names. It is because default iOS recognizes only these names pre-set for WhatsApp notification sounds. We chose to rename our converted file as Harp.caf .

Step 3: Navigate to Cydia app from your iPhone’s springboard, and then tap the Search button to search for OpenSSH tweak. Tap the Install button on top right corner to install the tweak.

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Step 4: Now make sure your iPhone is connected to a WiFi network, and navigate to Settings->WiFi->Your WiFi Name and tap on the Ⓘ to see the IP address. Note that IP address. For instance, in  this case it is

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Step 5: Next, launch SSH terminals on your computer. Putty on Windows, and Terminal on Mac.

See also: How to spy WhatsApp messages of iPhone

On Mac, once you launch terminal, enter User: root and Password: alpine

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On Putty,  enter Host Name : (or your IP address) and select SSH as Connection Type. Click on Open button to start SSH connection.

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Step 6: Once you login to the terminal, you have to locate the WhatsApp folder there. To do so enter the following commands into the terminal:

cd /var/mobile/Applications

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The LS command will list the directory for all the applications installed on your iPhone. The task is to find the WhatsApp folder from the alphanumeric folder names. To make things easier for you, we have a command which will sort WhatsApp folder for you instantly. Just enter the following command into the terminal screen.
find . -name *.app -maxdepth 2 –print

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You can see the folder got sorted out easily as seen in the screenshot below. Now, note the initial 4-5 characters of this WhatsApp folder. We will use it in the next step.

Step 7: To add custom WhatsApp notification sound to your iPhone, you will have to use FileZilla to transfer files to and from your iPhone first. To do this, launch FileZilla, and enter Host:, User: root, Password: alpine to establish a connection as seen below.

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On the left hand side you have files from your computer, and on the right hand plane you have your iPhone file-directory. You can easily locate WhatsApp Folder on your iPhone by using the 4-5 initial characters you noted in the previous step. Now simply open WhatsApp folder. On your computer file-directory plane, find the renamed Harp.caf file you created in the beginning of this tutorial.

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You will find the same named Harp.caf file within the WhatsApp folder as well on your iPhone’s file-directory. Simply Drag and Drop the Harp.caf file from your computer to the WhatsApp folder on your iPhone. Replace the file if asked by selecting Overwrite option.

See also: Run WhatsApp On PC And iPhone Simultaneously

That’s it. Now you can simply reboot your iPhone, and select the custom WhatsApp notification sound from within the WhatsApp app itself. It will be available by the name of Harp in case you followed the same name as we did.

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