The good thing about an Android phone is that you can customize it to your liking. While your Android phone comes with a great library of ringtones for you to choose from, you can create, customize and set your own ringtone on your phone. Here we show you how to set custom ringtones on Android.
Good to know: If your ringtone is too loud, check out these tips to fine tune your device volume.
Change the Custom Ringtone for Everyone
On many Android phones, you can directly pick the ringtone file stored on your phone using Sound Picker.
Go to “Settings → Sound & vibration → Ringtone.”
Tap on the add (+) icon. On Stock Android, tap on “My Sounds,” then hit the add (+) icon. Select the ringtone file.
If the above method doesn’t work, you will need to move the tone from the Downloads folder or any other folder to “Internal Storage → Ringtone” folder.
Use any File Explorer app to access this folder.
Go to “Settings → Sound & vibration → Ringtone” to find the custom ringtone files. Tap on the the desired ringtone to set as the default.
Tip: if moving the audio file to the Ringtones folder does not result in it appearing in the Ringtones list, then move it to “Internal Storage → Android → Media → com.google.com.soundpicker.”
Tip: In addition to custom ringtones, you should also check out some of the best live wallpapers for your Android phone.
Set Custom Ringtone for Contacts
Open the contact in the Contacts app and tap on the “Edit” option. Tap on the “Ringtones” field to reach the Ringtone picker screen.
Tap on the add (+) icon to assign a custom ringtone. Alternatively, select the custom ringtone after moving it to the Ringtones folder as explained above.
Tip: on Stock Android, open the contact and tap on the three-dot icon. Choose “Set ringtone.”
Set Custom Ringtone for Alarm
Open the Clock app and tap on the alarm you wish to change. Press the “Alarm sound” option and hit the Add new (+) button. On Samsung Galaxy phones, you may need to press the Ringtone button followed by the add (+) icon.
Select the custom ringtone. You may wish to find out how to set Spotify songs as an alarm tone.
How to Create a Custom Ringtone on Android
To make a custom ringtone on Android, we will use the Mp3 Cutter &Cutter app.
Do note that Android supports all the popular audio formats, such as MP3, m4a, WAV, and OGG format. The best practice is to stick with MP3 files.
In the app, tap on the “Mp3 Cutter” button and select the song file you wish to use.
Select the required portion of the song by dragging the slider edges to trim the audio. Use the Play button at the bottom to preview the selection.
To fine-tune the selection, use the “+” and “-” icons on the time buttons. When done, press the checkmark icon at the top.
Give your ringtone a name; select its format (MP3, WAV, Flac, Ogg,), bitrate, and volume; and tap “Convert.”
Once converted, the ringtone will be saved in the “Internal Storage -> [App Name]” folder, from where you can manually set it as a ringtone as shown below. The app also allows you to use the song as a ringtone, alarm tone, notification, or as a custom contact name.
Here are a few good examples of other ringtone-making apps on Android. The fundamental steps remain the same.
Using Online Tools
In addition to the methods described above, you can create custom ringtones for both Android using online tools. Some cool ringtone maker websites include:
How to Download Ringtones for Free
You can download ringtones directly from various websites and apps if you don’t want to go through the hassle of creating your own ringtones.
Please exercise caution when downloading ringtones from third-party apps or websites, as these websites pose a risk of malware and security issues. Try to download from trusted sources only.
Here are some websites where you can get ringtones:
Download the ringtone (MP3 format for Android) to your phone’s Internal storage, and use the instructions described above to set as a ringtone.
How to Use Ringtones Downloaded from Zedge on Android
Zedge has one of the most extensive collections of ringtones on Android.
Open the app on your Android phone and scroll through the list of ringtones.
- To find the ringtone of your choice, use the search bar at the top.
- Tap the “Download” icon next to the ringtone you want to use.
- The app will offer a number of options: set ringtone, set notification, set alarm, set contact ringtone, and save to media folder. Choose the one you prefer.
If you go with the “Save to media folder”, you can set the ringtone by following the instructions for custom ringtones even after uninstalling the Zedge app.
Some other Android apps that have a large selection of ringtones are:
Now that you know how to set a custom ringtone, read on to learn how you can use a custom notification tone on your Android phone.
Image credit: Happy Cellphone Ring-tones by DepositPhotos
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