How to Install and Customize Ringtones on Android Phones
Android gives you a wide variety of options for customizing your phone, and changing your ringtone is one of the most enjoyable.
As you might expect, you have many options for changing your phone’s various alerts and tones from the default options. With a bit of work, you can use your own track as a ringtone. Even better, you can apply custom ringtones to specific contacts. And don’t forget about custom notification sounds!
Let’s go through how to create and set custom ringtones and notification sounds on Android one by one. We used a OnePlus 6T as an example here; your phone may look slightly different.
Most people keep the bulk of their music files on a computer. To convert one (or more) music tracks into your phone ringtone or notification sound, use the following steps.
(Not sure what sounds to start with? Check out retro video game sounds that make great ringtones.)
Once that’s done, walk through the following steps:
Regardless of how you transfer the audio files, you’ll need to place them inside the correct folder on your phone. This requires an Android file manager app. FX File Explorer is a good free choice if you don’t already have one.
Locate the audio files in the bluetooth, download, or whatever other folder you placed them in when you transferred them. Then move them into the Ringtones or Notifications folder (depending on the type of sound they are). After you do this, you’ll be able to choose them from your list of installed ringtones.
If you don’t want to create your own ringtones, don’t worry. You can grab thousands of ringtones and notification sounds right on your device thanks to an app called Zedge. This lets you quickly download ringtones from movies, video games, memes, and more.
To find new ringtones after downloading and opening Zedge:
Most ringtones on Zedge are of decent quality and ready to use. But if you want to make changes to a tone before you assign it, Ringtone Maker can help.
This app is capable of creating ringtones, alarms, and notification sounds from multiple audio file types. You can use it to edit audio on your phone, perhaps to boost a track’s audio, trim silence, or similar.
To edit a ringtone using Ringtone Maker:
Now your edited audio file will be ready for you to assign using the steps below.
Now that you’ve transferred your ringtone to your phone, or downloaded and edited it, you’re ready to actually set your ringtone. Here’s how:
If you don’t see your custom tone in the list, make sure you’ve put it in the right folder as described above.
If you want even more customization, try assigning a specific ringtone to a contact. When that particular contact calls, you’ll know who it is just from the tone.
To set a contact’s ringtone:
For those not on Oreo yet, or if you have an app that doesn’t work with that function yet, check the Settings menu of the app. Many apps have a Notification Settings or similar entry that lets you adjust what alert plays. If you set up custom alerts for many apps, you’ll know what notifications are without even looking at them.
Your ringtone is an important part of your phone, and now you know everything you need to make it personal. Before you go, we have a few recommendations to consider while choosing a ringtone: