To customize Android text message notifications you need an app called Converbration. Converbration is an app that uses your text messages to customize the vibration or sound of the message.
It attempts to copy the inflection used in a particular message. Example, a question gets an inquisitive vibration, a message with an exclamation mark is made to sound exciting, long messages have longer sounds and short ones get shorter sounds. This is great at helping you figure out a message before knowing what it’s about. Also, it is customizable. Once it’s installed, the app will guide you through a simple setup where you’ll grant it notification access and permission to read your texts. Both are required for Converbration to do what it does.
When that’s done, you’ll see a short overview of what the app’s about with four quick examples of what to expect from different notifications, there you can test it out.
From there, the main app screen is pretty much just a big Settings button.
When you tap into this menu, you take control of how Converbration works. One thing you must know is that this app is personal.
First is the Notification Style, where you’ll customize the more general way Converbration will work. There’s only one option for Sounds, as it then just uses a tone to do what it does. The other options are for vibration patterns, which is the real focus of the app. The default setting is “Quick.” If you’re looking for full control, however, click the “Custom” option.
Next, the Context & Emotion category. This is where you can control how Converbration reacts to the context of each message. You can specify reactions to emergency messages, questions, positive or negative emotions, NSFW messages, money, and yes or no responses. Setting this section up will let you figure out what a message is about just by feeling it.
You can also choose to ignore simple things, like “k” or “lol,” as well as identical message or simple typo-corrections. It’s smart enough to know the difference.
In the Custom Filters section, you can set up filters for specific words or phrases. You can then choose to ignore (or not) these phrases, as well as assign specific vibration patterns to them.
Sleep Mode allows you specify hours when Converbration won’t be running so you can take a break from constant and numerous vibrations. It also has a settings to “still notify if urgent,” so notifications will still come through normally if they’re important.
Next, the System Settings. This is where you enable or disable Converbration and specify other options, like having Converbration settings also reflect on Android Wear and override the phone’s silent mode.
There’s a button at the bottom right corner that lets you check out all these settings with a test notification. It is significant when trying to get everything set up initially.
There’s a catch: the free version only puts up 500 notifications a month. If you want more than that, you’ll have to cough up some money. Like many new apps, Converbration uses a subscription model: $0.99 for a month, $1.99 for three months, or $3.99 for a full year.
In conclusion, Converbration is an exceptional way to tackle Android notification customization, although it’s not perfect. However, it could be valuable to know who is texting you without touching your phone.