ringtones on android

How to set Android ringtones

Are you sick and tired of hearing the default ringtone on your Android phone? Do you feel the current ringtone on your Android phone doesn’t fit your personality? Or do you just want to mix up the ringtones on your Android handset? 

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If you nodded yes to any of the above questions, you’ve come to the right place. Be it setting a preset sound as your ringtone or your favorite song, with Android you can do this in just a few taps. 

Ringtones reveal a lot about a person. Picture this: You are in a high-level meeting and suddenly a phone rings up with an annoying high-beat song. 

You will be with me when I say that you now think of this person as a party-animal and an extrovert. And let me tell you, you are not alone. It’s quite natural to hear a ringtone on someone’s device and deem them to be this way or that way.  

The bottom line is that ringtones can speak volumes about someone’s personality. Well, that was something about the relationship between ringtone and personality. 

Now, let’s get back to the theme of this article. Today, I’m going to school you on how to set and change preset or custom Android ringtones. Let’s start now without further delay.


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What are preset and custom ringtones?

The default ringtones in the Android phone are called the preset ringtones whereas any other sound or song set as a ringtone is termed a custom ringtone. 

The default ringtone can be set or changed straight from the Settings app. Custom ringtones can be set from local apps through Settings. Read on to know how! 

1. Preset ringtone for calls on Android

Android phones come with a wide range of preset ringtones in different categories 一 nature sounds, romance, party, devotional, and more. As per your choice, you can choose the category and explore the ringtones in it. 

How to set preset or default Android ringtone

To set a preset or default Android ringtone, follow these steps. 

Step 1: Open Settings app

Step 2: Tap on Sound

settings app on android
Settings app

Step 3: Tap Phone ringtone (SIM 1) / (SIM 2) depending on the SIM you would like to change the ringtone for

sound settings
Tap phone ringtone

Step 4: With volume up, listen to the sounds in the preset ringtones list and select the one you want to set as the ringtone

Step 5: Tap OK

select the ringtone
Select a sound and tap OK

The preset ringtone will be set for the SIM card. 

ringtone changed
Default ringtone changed

2. Custom ringtones for calls on Android

Sorry I didn’t pick up my phone. I got carried away dancing to the ringtone.


Do you love jamming to the songs of Enrique? Can’t get over Billie Eilish’s ‘Ocean Eyes’? Well, why not set them as your ringtone? In this section of the article, I’ll tell you how to do just that. 

With a custom ringtone setting, you can add your favorite sounds or songs as the ringtone on your Android phone. Your choice of the ringtone you set on your phone can cheer you up if you are having a tough day. Read on to set it up!

Before you start setting up your favored song as the ringtone, make sure you have the mp3 format of the song downloaded on your device. 

How to set custom sound as Android ringtone

To set a custom sound or song as a ringtone, 

Step 1: Open Settings app

Step 2: Tap on Sound

settings app on android
Settings app

Step 3: Tap Phone ringtone (SIM 1) / (SIM 2) depending on the SIM you would like to change the ringtone for

sound settings
Tap phone ringtone

Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom and tap on + Add ringtone

add ringtone for custom sound
Tap add ringtone

Step 5: Select the folder to choose a song from. It can be your local music app, Drive, File Manager, or any other app where your local music is stored.

Step 6: Select the sound or song you want to to set as the ringtone

select the custom sound for ringtone
Select the sound

Step 7: The sound or song will appear in the ringtones list. Tap on it and hit OK

select the sound and tap OK
Select the sound from list and tap OK

The custom sound or song will be added as the ringtone.

custom ringtone added
Custom ringtone added

3. Alarm and notification ringtones on Android

It is no surprise that you can change the alarm and notifications ringtone on your Android phone. Some alarm sounds are so soothing you end up sleeping better instead of getting you cracking. Leave alone the notifications ー either they are too loud or as tranquil as an infant in deep sleep.

It’s better to change these sounds than live with the consequences of unfruitful ringtones.

Check out this funny morning alarm ringtones article.

How to set alarm and notification Android ringtones

Check out how to change the alarm and notifications ringtone. 

Step 1: Open Settings app

Step 2: Tap on Sound

settings app on android
Settings app

Step 3: Tap on Advanced

advanced sound settings
Tap advanced

Step 4: Select Default notification sound / Default alarm sound

default alarm and notification sounds
Change default alarm and notification sounds

Step 5: Choose the ringtones you like and tap OK for each

The ringtones for default notification and alarm sounds will be changed. 

alarm and notification ringtones changed
Alarm and notification ringtones changed


How do I download free ringtones to Android?

To download free ringtones on Android, go to Settings > Sound & vibration > Ringtone > Select a category > Tap on the bell button and select the SIM card to start the download. You can also try out free ringtone downloader apps for Android like Zedge, Free Ringtones for Android™, and Free Ringtones For Android Phone.

Which is the best ringtone downloader app on android?

Zedge is the most popular ringtone downloader app which allows users to download wallpapers, video wallpapers, ringtones, and alarm & notification sounds. The app is available for free with in-app purchases. Note that, third-party ringtone downloader apps may host malware. The best way to set a custom ringtone is by downloading it from the browser or the music app locally and set it as ringtone from the Settings app.

Suggested reads:

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Ring’tones’ your day 

Ringtones might seem insignificant but they impact you in more ways than one. Pun intended above, ringtone tones your day for real. An annoying alarm ringtone can ruin your day by getting you peeved first thing in the morning. 

A missed notification or a call can turn the tide against you. Hence, it’s critical to set the right sound for your personality type and preference. Wait no more, and change your ringtone right away. 

I hope this article brought some value to your life and Android usage. Did you know of these psychological effects of ringtones? Leave your thoughts below in the comments section. See you next time with another interesting how-to article. Take care and stay safe! Cheers!

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