A ringtone is the audio file that your device plays when you receive a call. There are multiple options for setting your own custom ringtones including the ability to apply a specific ringtone to certain contacts or groups of contacts.

Unlike some operating systems, Android allows you to use virtually any audio file as a ringtone. This makes it possible to use your favorite songs or custom tones downloaded over the Internet.

However, unless your audio files are stored in a specific folder on your device, they might not show up in the standard menus. Fortunately, the default Android Music app has you covered.

Lets take a look at how you can assign an MP3 or other audio file on your device as a ringtone.


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    To set your default ringtone go to Settings, swipe down to the Phone section and tap Sound.

  2. 2

    Tap Phone Ringtone.

    Choose your desired ringtone and tap Apply.

  3. 3

    To set a custom contact ringtone go to Contacts. Tap the desired contact.

  4. 4

    Swipe down to the Options section and tap Ringtone.

    Choose the desired ringtone and tap Apply.

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    To use your favourite song as a ringtone tap Music.

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    Tap the song or file you wish you use. Tap the "…" button beneath the Album Art.

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    Tap Set as Ringtone to apply.


With this tip, you can customize your ringtones to suit your tastes and provide additional information about incoming calls without the need to check your device’s display.

For additional notification options, there are many apps on Google Play to help create tones, assign custom tones and more.

Tips & Warnings

  • To use your favourite songs or melodies as a ringtone simply create alarms or ringtones folder in the main directory of the SD card and place the songs in it. They will appear in the respective settings of your phone.