5 Best Places to Download Free Ringtones

Android and iOS ringtone apps with no strings attached

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If you've ever scoured the internet looking for free ringtones for your phone, then you've already discovered that it's not easy to find truly free ones. The problem is, lots of websites on the net can lead you to believe that what they are offering is free with no strings attached – until you try and download some.

You may have found some sites redirect you to unrelated pages full of advertisements. Others may ask you to pay a subscription or charge a fee in some way. Then, ultimately, there's the question of legality.

As you can imagine, there are lots of sites on the internet that aren't actually considered 100 percent legal. The content that is offered usually gives you a clue. If a site hosts ringtones from the latest songs, then it's probably best to keep well away.

Note: iPhone and other iOS users can not download ringtones directly from their phone and expect to have them applied as ringtones. That feature is only possible on Android devices. If you're using an iPhone, you can still use most of these websites but you'll have to download the ringtones to your computer first and then use your computer to transfer the ringtone files to your phone.

Tip: If you get a ringtone file in a format that isn't suitable for your phone (example: you download an MP3 that you want to use on an iPhone), you can use a free audio converter program to convert the file to the correct format for your device. Android and BlackBerry devices use the MP3 format while iOS devices like iPhones and iPads use M4R.

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Zedge Logo
Image © Zedge Holdings Inc.

Zedge has a large community of users that create and upload content suitable for a wide range of cell phones, including a good selection of free ringtones covering various topics. These can be either downloaded to your computer or sent directly to your phone.

To help you quickly find the content you want, Zedge makes it easy by providing a list of categories for each cell phone submenu. There's also a search box at the top of the page to find something more specific.

The mobile apps are useful as well but for different reasons. The iOS app helps you find and quickly download wallpapers, while the Android app can do more, such as download ringtones directly to your phone.

Zedge also includes an impressive library of themes and wallpapers. More »

Notification sounds
Notification sounds

Just as the website name suggests, you can download notification sounds here. Some of the categories include sounds related to animals, message tones, wake-up tones, sound effects, funny sounds, and Christmas ringtones.

Once you've chosen a sound you want to download, you can get the file in a format that works for your specific device. More »

FunforMobile
Fun for Mobile. FunforMobile

Find free and legal ringtones, videos, pictures, games, chat rooms, jokes and other content at Fun for Mobile.

If you're not sure what type of ringtone you want, you can browse through the "Daily Top Tones" section to see the top 150 ringtones for today. There are also featured tones, new tones, and popular tones so you can quickly find the best of the best.

All the ringtones at Fun For Mobile are downloaded in the MP3 format. More »

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Tones7 website
Ringtones screen with genres menu. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

If you're just looking for a simple site for downloading ringtones, then Tones7 offers a straightforward service. Even though it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other websites like Zedge, its simple design makes downloading ringtones easy.

You can preview the ringtones in your browser before you download them. There's an MP3 and M4R option for each ringtone.

As an added bonus, you can also upload your own creations for other users to use. More »

Free ringtones
Free ringtones

Another source of free ringtones is Free-Ringtones.cc, which lets you not only download ringtones but also build your own from your personal music files.

The ringtones are separated into categories like funny, SMS and alert, sound effects, international, dance, Bollywood, and Movies and TV.

You can download these ringtones in the M4R or MP3 format. More »