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    Default Galaxy S3: Mystery, Reoccuring Notification Sound

    Okay.... I'm not sure how anyone is going to actually help me, but I figured I'd share my recent annoyance. For weeks now, when the phone volume is not on vibrate/mute, my phone keeps making a mystery notification sound. The best I can describe it is a two tone ding/dong that lasts about a second. There are no notifications in the notification bar in conjuction with the tone - it happens when I have notifications i haven't addressed and when I don't. It happens when the phone is plugged in and when it's not. It doesn't happen at the same time everyday. Sometimes it happens twice in a span of 20 minutes. It does not happen in conjunction with recieving a text message. It's not related to a low battery. It interrupts listening to music via the stock headphones (music resumes after.) I've checked the standard notification tones and it doesn't match any of the ones listed.

    The only way to stop it is to turn my phone to silent/vibrate. I'm thinking the culpret is a rougue app but I have no idea where to begin finding which app it actually is.

    Has anyone had an issue like this? I have the Sprint variant.

    Thanks for any guidance.
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    Just an update. Looks like not many people had this problem. Regardless I figured I'd share the cause. Turned out to be the Yahoo Mail app. All you have to do is change the sound notification from Yahoo Default to "none" and it fixes the issue.

    Credit to this post for finding the answer:
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    Thank you! I thought gremlins had infiltrated my phone.
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    Can you please check if you get the same ding-dong sound as soon as you attach USB (charging) cable to it?
    I have just noticed this happens when S3 is charged with 3-rd party cable. this way S3 gets disconnected from charge and connects back randomly causing the tone.
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    How do you turn off the sound? I can't find any settings in Yahoo! itself, and I have turned off notifications, sounds, etc. through the Razr email app more times than I can count. The tone changes but the sound/vibrate and notifications continue.
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    Are you using the Yahoo mail app:

    or reading Yahoo mail through the Razr email app? If you're using the Yahoo app, changing the setting in a different app isn't going to help.

    Yahoo's mail app is a little bizarre. To access settings, tap the 3 bars at the top left, which brings up a menu. Scroll the menu all the way to the bottom, and tap Settings, then Account settings, then Notification settings.

    Why they can't just give you a settings option off the menu button on the phone, like everyone else does, I don't understand.
    PLEASE, when asking for help provide as much information as possible. We can't help unless we know what the symptoms are and what you did before they began.

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    I am using the Yahoo mail app as the Razr mail app comingles all my emails from three accounts. But I figured out how to set the Yahoo notification sound, and it has been off for two days on both my Yahoo email accounts. I'm still getting the sound. It may well be connected to Yahoo because it comes at random intervals, but changing the settings doesn't get rid of it.

    I agree trying to find the settings on Yahoo is a pain.
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    Definitely not Yahoo--I just sent myself an email and no ding dong. So it's something else, just gotta figure out what it is.
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    Do you have any alerts set up to track radio signal?

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    Not that I know of. I didn't set any up. I did have auto-connect to wi-fi on, but unchecked it and either way doesn't matter. Also deleted my email accounts from Razr app and that didn't work. I've rebooted after each change and that doesn't work either.

    ADDENDUM

    I tested the email settings by emailing both my Yahoo accounts from a non-Yahoo address, and it turns out the default Yahoo sound was on for one of them. Now, lest you think that I should have checked this earlier, I did. Multiple times. I set it to "no sound" more than once, in both the Yahoo & Razr apps, and checked to make sure that it had kept that setting. I even rebooted to be sure. So I don't know what's going on, but hopefully I won't be bothered by this anymore.
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    awesome...this was taking days to find this!
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    Oh my GAWWWWWWWWWWWWD T H A N K Y O U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was googling and googling and could NOT even find a way to describe the quiet little two-note notification I was getting and when I read your description, I KNEW that was the same thing I had! AUUUUUUUUUUUUGH Yahoo Mail app! Yup, I just sent myself a test e-mail and it did the sound! Thank you SOOOOO much. I've been like too neurotic about trying to find out what that sound was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I have had that same mysterious noise, too, only on my Kindle Fire HD. I will try your suggestion. Thanks!
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    Glad I found this thread, I have the same noise but do not have Yahoo Mail app!
    The Notification noises are coming thick and fast, at some points the media I am listening to is not only interrupted, but so frequently that it is blocked out for long periods. Infuriating!

    If there are any other bogey apps anyone is aware of, please let me know. For now i am going through one by one... tedious.
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    Same problem here!!!! I think we do talk about the same notification. Haven't checked what happens during media playback, and I do not have any yahoo apps installed. It's rhe second day that this is happening and the only things changed on my phone were an instagram and a viber update. The most disturbing is that the sound keeps ringing during voice calls.. anyone can help? Pkeaseee
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    Do you (Lachlanf and George) get anything in the notification bar when this happens?

    George, maybe you've already done so, but I'd look at the settings for those two apps first. Both have their own notifications, I believe.
    PLEASE, when asking for help provide as much information as possible. We can't help unless we know what the symptoms are and what you did before they began.

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    No nothing is shown in the notification bar. No messages, no ads.. I uninstalled all apps that have a notification setting (viber, facebook, whatsapp, outlook, etc) ;not the ones that cannot be uninstalled though, and the sound keeps on breaking my nerves, especially during voice calls..
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    Ive had the same problem and it turns out it the noise your phone makes when it trying to connect with another device to transfer data, to turn it off go to settings, select more settings, turn off NFC under File/Data Transfer. Hope this helped :-)
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    go to SETTINGS

    SOUND

    DEFAULT NOTIFICATION

    make it Silent..................

    No earlier posts helped me...I wiped out half my Apps....the Sherbert notification was driving me insane.....now I dont get to hear my SMS....who cares, as if we now use SMS, most are adverts anyway.
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    Wow.. im glad i found out about this site... im having the same problem,notification sound going on but no new notifications or whatsoever.. i dont have yahoo apps running and being use.. can anyone help? Turning off notification sound isnt an option for me also because i do receive important sms sometimes.. my gf's mad as hell because she thought i did receive sms or was sending sms to others!! pls help... whats wrong with my s3..? Or is there a particular app thats causing this? Help is really appreciated.. thanks in advance!
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    By the way,this usually happens when im playing on my s3,with headset plugged in and talking with my gf at the same time.. then after some time,notification sound turning on without any notifications.. pls help anyone...
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    I have the same issue. Sometimes there are 5 or 6 notifications, one after the other. No apparent connection to any app. I'm not using Yahoo mall, which you mentioned in a subsequent post, so that's not the issue.

    When we're traveling, I like to leave the phone on the bedside table as our kids are in several different time zones. I'm not going to kill the volume/vibration, but the notification sounds are obnoxious enough to make me want to do so.

    Any ideas?

    My phone is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
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    I hate to spoil everyones party, but there's so much crapware out there that it's pretty much impossible to tell you why your phone is doing this. The short & sweet answer is that it's NOT the default behavior of a normally operating phone to provide random audio notifications without an associated app generating them. Since the likelihood of your phone being the problem is rather low, it's probably some app/combination of apps that's causing the problem.
    Solution: perform a Factory Reset (after backing up your contacts, calendar, SMS, Call Logs, etc.) and SKIP the initial Google account setup (this is crucial - this will keep the Google Play Store from automatically downloading all of your previous apps). Once the phone is configured, go back in and add your Google account.

    DO NOT REINSTALL EVERY APP UNDER THE SUN!

    Just update the preinstalled apps and use the phone for a few days. If the random notification problem is gone you've solved your basic problem - there's nothing wrong with the phone. Now install a handful of apps and wait a few more days before installing anything else.
    If/when the problem starts happening again you know that you've installed some app that's causing the problem or that doesn't interact well with some other app (usually an app with a similar purpose, for example - two different messaging apps; or two social networking apps). So go back and uninstall the last batch of apps that you put on the phone (you are keeping track, right?).

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    When uninstalling apps, clear the cache and data for that app first. Do that in Application Manager.
    That way, there won't be any pieces of it taking up space.

    --Tapatalk on SGS3.
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    I knew that mine wasn't anything listed so far and it was bugging me. I DO use my yahoo! mail and y! messenger, so I was certain it was none of those sounds. It turns out that on mine the NFC was enabled and every time I opened and closed my phone "wallet" my transit card was rubbing the back of the phone causing it to attempt S Beam, or NFC p2p transfer connection. Whew what a relief.
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