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How To Add Ringtones to your Android Mobile Phone

Android music logoOut of the box, my Android mobile had some great ringtones I could use for my contacts. Like most people however, after I had the phone for a few weeks I decided I needed to customize the phone a little with a few custom ringtones that suit me better.  Half way through adding them today I decided this would make a nice quick groovyPost so read on if you want to learn how-to add or change the ringtones on your android mobile!

Note: Being that there are quite a few different versions of Android out there, I should note that I’ll be walking through the steps w/screenshots from my Samsung Galaxy S with Froyo. Overall, the process should be fairly close with any Android however just and FYI.

Step 1:

Goto Settings, Wireless and Network, USB Settings and choose Mass Storage. Now your phone is ready to receive some music. Grab your data cable and hook up your phone to the PC. It’s like hooking up any other USB storage device, so this wont be a problem for you.

Step 2:

Now, on your PC, create a new folder on your phone or SD card and call it Music, or MP3 or any name you prefer. This is just to make things easy and to keep all the music in one place.

Step 3:

Copy/paste the music to the folder you just created on your phone.

Step 4:

On your phone, go to Settings, Sound, Phone Ringtone, and pick the ringtone you want. The phone will show you any file that can be used as a ringtone. On the screenshot, the yellow ringtones are the standard ones. The phones wont show you which one is standard and which one isn’t. Just make sure you remember the title when you are searching the list.

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And there you go, Press ok and you are done! You now have your own ringtone. And be sure to take your time in finding the right ringtone. It’s fun to be different!

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4 Responses to How To Add Ringtones to your Android Mobile Phone

  1. Laurie June 6, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Thanks again – I’ve wanted to add ringtones for awhile and never seem to get around to it.

  2. Prema June 7, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    Hi, I recently bought Samsung Galaxy S (GT-i9000). I have copied the mp3 file from PC to my handphone using the data cable provided. In MY FILES folder (on my handphone), I can see and even play the mp3 file. However, as per your instructions, I selected Settings – Sound – Incoming Calls: Voice Call Ringtone…. I’m unable to see the mp3 file in order to select it. Any idea why?

    • Robert June 8, 2011 at 3:46 am #

      Try putting the file on you internal memory, instead of placing it in a special folder. Does that work?

  3. Michael April 13, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I’m confused and a wee bit behind in cellular technology. How does one put the mp3 files on the internal memory?

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