How To Create & Install Custom Ringtones On Android Phones

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custom ringtones androidHas it already been over 3 years since Android was first released to the public? With Android already on version 4.0 — Ice Cream Sandwich — we all know that this mobile operating system has seen numerous changes, many of which have been innovative and pushing the boundaries of mobile technology.

But it’s always nice to take a step back and return to the basics every once in a while. Remember ringtones?

I received my first Android phone a few months ago and, as a newbie, I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to create and install custom ringtones on my Android device.

If you own an Android phone and still don’t know how to do that, then read on. It’s easy, it’s quick, and it’ll keep your phone fresh and exciting every time it rings.

Creating Custom Ringtones

In order to create your own ringtones on your Android, you’ll need to install RingDroid. If you already have a ringtone that you only want to install, feel free to skip down to the next section.

custom ringtones androidRingDroid will present to you a list of all of the audio files on your device. You choose one of those files and cut out a clip of it. Cutting a clip is easy: you just move the left and right sliders. The whole interface is rather intuitive.

custom ringtonesThe resulting clip can then be named and set as a ringtone for incoming calls, notifications, and alarms.

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custom ringtonesIf you want to get rid of a ringtone you’ve made, select the down arrow in RingDroid and hit Delete.

Have too many audio files on your device? No problem. Use the Search feature to find the one you’re looking for in a flash.

custom ringtonesIf you want to record your voice and use that as a ringtone, RingDroid can do that, too. The Record New feature makes it as easy as 1-2-3.

Installing Custom Ringtones

When you have a ringtone that you want to use but it’s located on your PC, you’ll need to move it into your phone in order to use it. Fortunately, this is really quite simple.

Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable and mount the internal SD storage so you can access the data on it.

custom ringtones androidNavigate into the media directory. Inside, you may or may not see an audio directory. If you don’t, create one. Then navigate into it.

Now create a directory called ringtones. In full, the directory should be located at media/audio/ringtones.

Take the audio file that you want to use as your ringtone and place it into media/audio/ringtones. Now when you are selecting a ringtone for your incoming calls, or notifications, or alarms, you should see it in your available list.


If you’re looking for some pre-made ringtones, check out these websites for free options and downloads.

That’s about it. The whole process is very simple and painless once you know how to do it. So go ahead and fill your phone with all of the new ringtones that you can handle!

Image Credits: Ringtone Image Via Shutterstock

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