We’ve got something a little different today, aimed at all your open source geeks out there: a practical how-to guide on setting up customised ringtones on your Android smartphone. Read on to find out more…

You can easily customise your Android phone with your favorite ringtones. If you already have a music collection, then you probably need a single app to get started; simply download and install “Ringtone Maker” (and yes, it is absolutely free). Alternatively, you can record your own sound or tune for a completely custom tone – the choice is yours!


Step 1:
You can connect your device to your computer via a USB cable or with a MicroSD adapter. If you’re using USB, you’ll have to mount your phone; open the notifications on the phone you’re using, and tap the notification that states ‘Your phone is connected’. Choose the option for mounting your device.

Step 2:
Now find the the drive on your computer that is connected to your device (you’ll see many folders for apps that you have added so far).

Step 3:
Now create a new folder called “Ringtones”.


Step 4:
Open the folder or folders on your computer that contain your ringtones. Ideally you want to create a separate folder of selected ringtones, so that they are easy to find and manage in the future.

Step 5:
Drag the ringtone files and drop them to the ringtones folder created on your device. After the drag and drop process, you have to disconnect the device from your computer by safely ejecting it.

Step 6:
Go to ‘Sound settings’ on your Android phone. To do this, on your home screen go to the menu or navigation hard key and select ‘Settings’. After this, you need to select sound and then ‘Phone ringtones’. Now select the ringtone of your choice from the available list. If you don’t see your choice of ringtone in the list, you have to turn off your Android device and turn it on again; it will then show your recently downloaded files.

Useful tips:

1. If you want your ringtone to work on all versions of Android, look for the ‘Media’ folder and then drag files into the ‘Audio’ subfolder within it. If you can’t find this option, try the following:

Media > Audio > Ringtones > Notifications > Alarms

Now place the ringtones of your choice in the ‘Ringtones’, ‘Alarms’ and ‘Notifications’ folders according to where you want to hear a particular tone.

2. If you didn’t see your new ringtones in the list, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Storage’, unmount your SD card, wait for the phone to acknowledge this and then remount the SD card. You should then see your new ringtones.

3. You can use Air Droid for sending MP3 files to your Android phone and then use them as your ringtones.


Please note that this process will not work for Motorola Backflips running Android 2.1 (Éclair). For these devices you will need to download a ringtone manager app.

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