sound channels in notifications

I have an app in Expo and as an apk. Sound in notifications is working after I set up with android notification channels. However, the only way to make the sound work is to go into the android device and select a specific sound for the channel. I don’t want our users to have to do this.

Here is what I have in my App.js

 componentDidMount() {
         // ...
        if (Platform.OS === 'android') {
            Expo.Notifications.createChannelAndroidAsync('statusReports', {
            name: 'StatusReports',
            sound: true,
            priority: 'max',
            vibrate: [0, 250, 250, 250],


I have tried the following in my server code with “StatusReports” and “Default” as the channelId
both kinda do the same thing. I can see in my device’s notifications settings that the channel “StatusReports” is created. The sound for this channel by default is “silent”. I am testing with a Galaxy S8

and from my server

 message = {                                                                                       
           to: device.reg_key,                                                                           
           sound: 'default',                                                                             
           title: expoOutMessage.title,                                                                  
           body: expoOutMessage.message,                                                                 
           android: {                                                                                    
                 channelId: "StatusReports"                                                                      
           subtitle: "PivoTrac Report",                                                                  

another odity i found is if I do set the sounds “Default” and “StatusReports” the Default one is the one that sounds, not the one in the channel I named. Not that this is such a bad thing, as long as there is a sound, but would rather not have our clients have to set this up. iOS devices work fine.

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