How to easily change Ringtone and Notification Sounds on Android

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Setting ringtones on a Smartphone should be as easy as just choosing and setting the one you choose … so why isn’t it? Who knows, but whilst we’ve a companion post on how to easily set your own custom ringtones on an iPhone, it’s about time we helped you do the same thing on an Android phone.

The good news in relation to setting Ringtones on Android, versus definitely iOS, is the simplicity of the task, which we’re sure will be a relief to many, so let’s get on to it.

First things first, and that’s choosing which Ringtone you wish to set. On Android you’ve three Ringtone options, “Phone ringtone” for your Calls, “Default notification ringtone” for your texts and emails, and finally “Default alarm ringtone” for … well Alarms.

Now, many believe setting a ringtone on Android requires a File Manager to apply a file to choose, and whilst that’s (kind of) true, it’s now easier than ever and it really comes down to a folder. You can also choose from ANY .mp3, .m4a / .aac or .wav file. For best results we recommend lengths cropped below 40 seconds.

Setting a Ringtone for Calls

Whether you’re browsing your phone using a Windows PC, or using the Android File Manager for Mac, you will notice a few folders on the root of the device, and no word of a lie, it’s as simple as copying your chosen ringtone to “/storage/emulated/Ringtones”.

Then, it’s as simple as going to Settings > Sounds, and when you select Phone Ringtone, your choices listed alphabetically will include the very sounds you’ve added! Tap, and it’s applied.

Setting a Notification Ringtone for Texts, or Emails etc

To set a Notification Ringtone, it’s exactly the same process, however instead you copy your chosen Notification Ringtone to “/storage/emulated/Notifications”.

Then, it’s as simple as going to Settings > Sounds, and when you select Default notification ringtone, your choises listed aphabetically will again include the very sounds you’ve added! Tap, and it’s applied.

Setting an Alarm Ringtone

To set a Notification Ringtone, it’s exactly the same process, however instead you copy your chosen Notification Ringtone to “/storage/emulated/Alarks”.

Then, it’s as simple as going to Settings > Sounds, and when you select Default alarm ringtone, your choises listed aphabetically will again include the very sounds you’ve added! Tap, and it’s applied.

Other options for setting Ringtones

Another option of which to set a Ringtone on Android is to literally apply via a File Manager. By default on selected versions of Android skins, you may be able to open via Settings or your chosen Android File Manager application, in which case you will literally be able to select any of your .mp3 or .aac/.m4a files and apply.

The only possible issue between doing this is that sometimes Ringtones can duplicate with your traditional Audio files on Android, especially if you’re setting a Notification sound, so we do recommend following the above options by using the Ringtones, Notifications and Alarms folder to keep the files outside of discovery from Music applications.

Setting multiple Notifications for per-app sounds!

Like us, you’re probably wanting a different Notification sound for your Emails, than your Text messages, or your Social Networks, or Games, so what do you do in that situation?

Simple, add as many sounds as you like in to the Notifications folder we mentioned and apply within Applications as desired.

Whether you’re using Gmail, or a third party Email client, Facebook or another Social Network, etc, all applications have built in Notification settings which include the same choice menu for which Notification sound you wish applied for that given application only.

So, what we suggest with this, is within the Settings > Sounds, choose a standard sound, then within the ‘Messaging’ app for example for texts, or your Email client etc, choose your desired Notification sound for your Texts and Email.

It’s worth noting however, some Applications don’t support custom Notification sounds, most notedbly Google Hangouts, though interestingly Google Allo does support custom Notifications, and most apps do so you should be fine!

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