How To Get Ringtones On Your Android Phone – Step By Step Guide With Photos & Video

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Just picked up the Motorola Android powered Droid last week. Have had a lot of people ask for a more in depth review from me…

First of all… lets get our priorities straight. We need to load up some ring tones.

I could not find anywhere that had a good guide on how to do it. There was some information here and there but nothing like step by step walk through. So here you go!

Watch the video for a quick how to:

For those a little slower I made step by step instructions with pics:

Step 1) Get the clip of the song you want to use in mp3 format. I use a program called Amadeus for MACOSX but you can use whatever you want.

Step 2) Plug in your Android phone into your computer via the USB cable it came with.

Step 3) On your phone under notifications click on the USB notification and choose mount:

Step 4) Open the drive and make a new folder called “ringtones” (all lower case) – If you also want to make custom notification sounds then mane one called “notifications”.

Step 5) Copy your ringtones you made into this ringtones folder you just made:

Step 6) Eject the drive from your computer (on your mac just drag it to the trash)

Step 7) Unplug your phone.

Step 8) On your phone go to home -> settings-> Sound & Display -> Phone Ringtone and choose the ringtone you just uploaded.

And you are done!!!!!!!!

99 thoughts on “How To Get Ringtones On Your Android Phone – Step By Step Guide With Photos & Video

    1. Jeremy Schoemaker Post author

      Thats silly its not made or marketed to be a iPhone killer.

      People keep wanting an iPhone killer….

      Most iPhone users would not like the droid or know how to write their own apps for it.

      Like I said in my original post it feels a lot like a unix based phone. Not super polished but really powerful.

    1. Jeremy Schoemaker Post author

      I tried ringdroid and it totally screwed up my phone to the point of factory reset… much like a lot of the commentators on the site lol.. Why use some 3rd party app when its as easy as dragging the music to a folder?

    1. Mike

      Basically the same same thing with Android. You click – Music – Songs and then tap & hold any Mp3 you have listed. Menu pops up and select set “Set as Ringtone”. But you can only set it as a ringtone and not a notification sound. Jeremy’s instructions show you how to do that. By the way Jeremy the same method works for “alarms”.

  1. domainpubber

    Nice to know we’re too “slow” to understand to go to the ringtones config panel. U Da Man Shoe … don’t let it go to your big head too much now, LOL.

    1. Jeremy Schoemaker Post author

      2 huge things I love about the droid right off the bat.

      1) Verizon network rocks

      2) Google app integration is amazing.

      3) Google Nav integration is amazing.

      Now as I have said a million times its not a very polished operating system. It feels clunky at times and sometimes apps crash (although pretty rare).

      The geek in me loves it but I really loved my iphone because everything just worked without me having to worry to much. Well I will do a full review soon.

  2. My Brute Game

    I am a dedicated iPhonian and have been for about 2 years now, but I’ll even admit…the Droid looks pretty badass and I kind of want one :(

    Keep up the videos Jeremy. They’re so much more fun than reading :)

  3. thomson

    Really a very useful information for me dude. I am using android phone and now only loaded ringtones to my phone with the help of this wonderful article. Thanks

  4. Bob

    Any idea the directory for the notifications ringtone would go? I didn’t see the new phone ringtones show up in the list?

    BTW: You saved me a headache looking around on SD card and trying to figure out I needed to create a new Dir. THANKS!

  5. Sabine D.

    WOW – what a amazing Step By Step Guide for my Android. I don´t found this stuff in German – and here it is. Thank you very much from Berlin / Germany – you are the Best !

  6. Derek

    Just a note that, at least on the Sprint HTC Hero, the folder had to be lowercase, unless I just did something wrong on the first go that I didn’t realize.

  7. Josh

    This article works if you have the music already. On the contrary, if you dont have mp3s you want as your ringtones, you could download ringtones app from mabilo in the market’s entertainment category.

  8. will

    Hey im trying to get ringtones on my samsung moment….its pretty much just like the tmobile g1 but i dont have a mac i have a pc and i dont know what software to use to convert the mp3 to a smaller file….anything u can suggest? thanks a ton…ur blogs rock!!!

  9. Mike

    FYI – The same method works for “alarms”. Just thought I would add that. You do a fantastic job for your readers. I gotcha bookmarked!

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  12. Casey

    Hey, how can i turn put my mp3 as my ringtone? can i do that? I’ve tried to open a ringtone folder but nothing happen. Do you know what’s wrong with it? Im using Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 . Hope U can help. =(

  13. MAJA

    wooow..thank you very was really driving me crazy how to put my music as a ringtone… your instructions were really useful :)

  14. Treya

    How do you get ringtones not using a PC. With my old phone I use to be able to save the txt message as a sound and be able to set the ringtone that way. But how do you do it with the android?

  15. Estefani Colmenero

    Hey thanks for that vid. You did an awesome job explaining it. i really enjoyed your instructions. Nice voice at the end too when you sang the song. Take care and hope to hear from you later.

  16. Mark

    SUPER! Just what I needed in a brief, easy to use concise format. Glad I stumbled upon your website after spending 20mins looking at other useless sites. Thanks a million!

  17. Jim

    Thanks Shoe and Mike. I played around in the ring tone menu several times and then saw Mike’s instructions saying to hold on the sound/mp3 file, worked perfectly.

  18. aivilo2008

    Well it works great just would be better if my phone (expera play) would work when its pluged into the comp :)

  19. Nate

    Awesome awesome awesome! Thank you! I’ve spent two !@#$@# days clicking on files in the media player and having most of them come up as too large, or just getting the singularly unhelpful “Fail to set ringtone”. Then I find this page, and I’m back in love with my $50 Pantech Crossover all over again!

  20. linda

    That’s ok but I don’t have usb cable I have all my ringtones on here but when I click on the one I want the green button is there but when I try my phone its right back to the ringtone I don’t want then I go back on phone ringtones and the green light is back on the original tone this is sooooo frustrating seems I can download from verizon site and pay for the same tone I get free from some other site please help

  21. Doug

    Yes even now it does work. I have a Galaxy S which I was screaming mad by not being able to edit ringtones. Sure I can’t delete the pre-installed ones but can now use my own. Unfortunately I can’t use .wma files but mp3 and m4a files work great. Thanks for the tutorial!!!!

  22. Al

    It should be an iphone killer. Apple contracted with only ONE cell service provider and created a monoply on that type of phone with only one service. that should have been shut down by the FTC but they were paid off.
    Your government is the most corrupt ever on this planet! wake up!!!!!

  23. Richard Green

    Hi Jeremy

    I was just as frustrated as you about getting ringtones onto an Android Phone .. but luckily I’m a developer so I wrote a website combined with the phone to make it as easy as uploading a file… I don’t know if I’m allowed to plug it here but I would love to be able to show you – get in touch ?


  24. Tori

    Question: I used the USB cord to mount but nothing is happening… I know the USB cord isn’t compatible with a Mac but I tried it with a toshiba laptop and didn’t work either. Does anyone have any suggestions or know what to do??

  25. Antonia

    Thank you thank you thank you, this was so helpful and easy to follow! I have got the ringtone I wanted and it was really quick and easy – would never have worked it out on my own!

  26. Joe Schmo

    Thank you! This really works and mp3s are a breeze to put on

    Just one question though: Can you name a folder “ringback tones” and follow thew same method to make songs your ringback tone??

    1. Viv N

      neither does mine. (my phone is Ideos). Drag down the notificationto copy fis at the top left of your screen (my phone is Ideos), It should say “USB connected” Select topy files to/from your computer (ie Turn on USB storage). Then go to the next step and it’s pretty straightforward from there. Hope this helps.

  27. Viv N

    Thank you!! Have been trying (not very hard admittedly) to figure this out for my phone (Ideos) since I got it a couple of years back! It works!

  28. Luscious

    Help! This tutorial was great but did not work for me. Does my Droid phone need to be a newer version or something?

  29. Bruce in south Africa

    i’m 65 and my kids think I’m too old and stupid for a smart phone. Got some great ringtones as this article made it very easy. Thanks for great article


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