How to Change the Ringtone on Your Android Phone

Your Anroid phone doesn't have to sound like a droid

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Make your phone truly your own and choose a custom ringtone. Whether you choose one ringtone for all your incoming calls or set a specific tone for every caller, the Android operating system has several stock ringtones you can use with your phone. Or, download ringtones from your PC or Google Play to your Android phone if the stock ringtones aren't to your liking.

The instructions below apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, or another manufacturer. In some models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there is no Okay button to press. Instead, press the Home screen button.

Set Default Ringtones

Depending on the model of Android phone you have, you can choose from several stock ringtones. Here's how to browse through the ringtones that came with your phone.

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Select Sound.

    The sound settings contain options to adjust the sound levels and tones. These will vary based on your device and the Android version.

  3. Select Phone Ringtone.

    You may be prompted to use either the Android System or your stored music to assign a ringtone. To follow along with these instructions, select Android System.

  4. In the list of ringtones available on your device, select a ringtone to hear what it sounds like.

    Sound, Phone ringtone, OK buttons in Android settings
  5. When you find one to use as your default ringer, press Ok to save the selection.

Find Ringtones on Samsung Phones

A Samsung device has a little different path to get to the ringtones.

  1. Launch the Settings app, then tap Sounds and vibration.

  2. Tap Ringtone.

  3. Choose the ringtone you want to set for your phone (you'll hear a sample of it when you choose each one).

  4. Tap the back arrow to set the new ringtone.

    Three Samsung Android screens showing Sounds and vibration, Ringtone, and back arrow button
  5. Close the Settings app.

Add New Ringtones to Android From Your Computer

Another way to get new ringtones is to transfer ringtone files from your computer. Most Android devices can use music files as ringtones.

To use a music file as a ringtone, save the music file in MP3 or OGG format before transferring the file to your Android.

  1. Connect your Android device to your computer with a USB cable. Use the cable that came with the phone charger.

  2. On your Android device, swipe down from the top of the screen to display the notifications.

  3. Tap the system notification stating that the device is connected via USB for charging.

  4. In the Use USB to dialog box, tap Transfer files.

    USB charging this device, Transfer files button in Android
  5. On your computer, open Windows Explorer or whichever file browser is available on your system.

  6. Navigate to where your device is mounted. This is the same location your PC displays connected USB drives. On Windows, it's This PC.

    This PC on Windows
  7. Select your Android device, then open the Ringtones directory.

    Ringtones folder in Windows
  8. Copy music files stored on your computer to the Android Ringtones folder.

  9. On your Android phone, go to Settings > Ringtones. The music files you copied from your computer are listed with the default system ringtones.

Search for Ringtones at Google Play

If the stock ringtones don't offer the level of customization you want, go to Google Play and do a quick search for ringtones. The search results include many apps — some paid and some free.

Three Google Play screens showing search for ringtones, then two pages of results.

Here are two free apps:

  • ZEDGE Ringtones & Wallpapers makes your phone a conversation starter with its free ringtones. It also includes notification sounds, app icons, alarms, and free wallpapers to customize your device. Download and use a high-quality ringtone for each member of your family or for each of your friends. Categories include rock, rap, and country, plus classic ringtones and sound effects. Assign the ringtones to individual contacts from within the app.
  • RingDroid allows you to use a song in your media library, select up to 30 seconds of the song, and create a ringtone from it. It takes a little while to get used to the interface and the operation of the app, but once you've made a few ringtones, the process is easy and effective.

If these two apps don't give you the level of customization that you want or if you want a specific set of ringtones, keep scrolling through the search results in Google Play until you find something you like.

Android makes it easy to assign custom ringtones to personalize your Android phone and get rid of that annoying "droid" sound every time your phone rings. With the Android market having so many ringtone apps available, there's no reason to have an old-fashioned ringer.