How to Make a Song Your Ringtone on Android

Use music to customize your smartphone

In the past, it was a little tricky to choose a new ringtone on Android compared to making a ringtone on iOS, but things are much easier now and you don't need special software. Here's everything you need to know about how to make a ringtone for Android and how to make a song a ringtone.

To follow most of these steps, your Android smartphone needs to be running Android 9.0 Pie or later

How to Make a Song Your Ringtone

In a few simple steps, you can turn your ringtone into something more personal than the standard ringtones included with your smartphone. Here's what to do.

These steps require you to already have the song or audio file on your smartphone. Moving files on Android isn't too complicated when you know how, or you can find free music via the Google Play music store.

  1. On your smartphone's home screen, tap Apps.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Sounds and Notifications.

    Screenshots of the process of getting to Sounds and Notifications within Android Settings

    If it's not listed under Quick Settings, scroll down to find it.

  4. Tap Ringtones > Add.

  5. Choose a track from the songs already stored on your phone.

    You can also tap albums, artists, or folders, as well as search by name, if you have a lot of audio files on your smartphone.

  6. Tap the song you want to use.

    Screenshots of how to change the ringtone on an Android smartphone
  7. Tap Done.

  8. The song or audio file is now your ringtone. Just retrace the steps to change it again. 

How to Tweak a Song to Make It the Perfect Ringtone

With some songs, you might not want the opening riff as your ringtone. If you want to pick out a clip from a song, you need a dedicated app to do the job. 

The RingDroid app is one of the best, and it takes seconds to use and trim down a song with. Here's how to trim a song. 

  1. Download and open the RingDroid app.

  2. Tap the song file you want to edit.

  3. Tap Trim, then drag your finger around the clip, cutting it down to just what you want to hear.

  4. Tap download.

    Screenshots of how to use RingDroid to trim an audio clip on Android

    Tap play to hear a preview.

  5. Tap Save.

  6. Tap Use As.

  7. Tap Ringtone, then tap Done to set the ringtone.

    Screenshots of how to save an audio clip as a ringtone using RingDroid

How to Set a Ringtone for a Specific Contact

Want to set a different ringtone for different people, so you know exactly who's calling? It's simple enough, once you know how. 

  1. Tap Contacts.

  2. Scroll down to the person you want to add a custom ringtone to, then tap the contact's name.

  3. Tap Edit.

    Screenshots depicting how to find and edit a contact on Android
  4. Tap Ringtone.

  5. Choose the ringtone, then tap OK.

  6. Tap Save.

    Screenshots depicting how to change the ringtone for a contact on Android