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How to Change Default Ringtons, Sound Notifications, Alarm Tone on Android Devices

Sound AndroidOne of the best reasons why I love Android devices is that it’s an open source operating system. So what does an open source allows users to do? Ideally an open source program designed for free rights for development by any one. Since my Android is open for development, I love to customize and personalize it accordingly to the best of my knowledge that I possess in development and coding.

Everyone loves to change the ringtones and sounds on their mobile phone and there are tons of options in Android devices itself. Every Android powered smartphones has the ability to change the default ringtones, notifications, screen lock sounds and lot more. So when you like to wake up with the most romantic Titanic song or would like to change the message notifications and email notifications.

First thing, let me tell you that you have many traditional ways of finding ringtones on your device. With Android on your hand, one would obviously think of Android Play Store, which was previously the Android Market. So go to Android Market, search for ringtones and you will get thousands of results. You can filter out the results accordingly to suit your requirements but you can find better filtered results by tailoring down your exact requirements in the keyword that you have searched. Try searching out for the keyword romantic ringtones, you will find many of the ringtones that you love. Well that was all about how would you get ringtones from the web or the other sources, we will now go through on how can you save those ringtones and apply them as your Gmail notification alert, message ringtone and personalized ringtones for each users.

Choosing Default Ringtones on Android

If you have an Android smartphone, regardless of the version included or the regardless of the manufacturer, the following are the settings where you can change the ringtone –

  • From your mobile phone, go to Menu > Settings > Sound.Settings Menu
  • In the Sound area you will find Phone ringtone and notification ringtones. When you tap on each of them you will get a list of pre-installed ringtones on your mobile phone. These ringtones comes by factory default and they are same on all the Android smartphones. When you are making selections when you press on a ringtone it will automatically be played. It’s really good that we are determined what kind of sound it has before selecting another one and this make us to choose right ringtone.Sound Settings
  • This is how the notification tone selection looks like – Notification Ringtone
  • Once you have chosen up with your notification sound, tap on OK and it will be applied.

That how you can change the default ringtone on your Android phone.

Changing Alarm Tone

The alarm tone which is set by default on any Android phone is really annoying and I would not love to wake up with those notifications. And here the procedure on how you will change it –

  • Go to Clock on your mobile phone and it will automatically take you to Alarm.Selecting Clock Android
  • This is how the Alarm option will look like for you – Alarm
  • When you have an alarm set on your phone, tap on that Alarm and you will be under its settings.Alarm tone select
  • Now navigate to Alarm tone and tap on it. Once you do that you will be get the option to select for the alarm tone, browse for the sound or go to your my files folder. Browse through the folder and select the tone which you want to apply as the ringtone. When you have selected any one tap on OK button to apply it.Alarm Tone Select

You can also have control on the sound of the notification alarm as well, this option is just located above the alarm tone.

Change Message Notification

So when have gone through most of the sound notifications and now we head to change the message and email notifications, follow the procedure below –

  • Open the Message folder and then tap the Menu button.
  • Now tap on the Settings option.Message Settings
  • Scroll down till the end and you will find the option of notifications and select ringtone under notifications settings.Message Notification selection
  • The notification has the option of tap to ON or disable but the select ringtone allows users to change the ringtone of your message notification. Tap on it and then select the ringtone you like. When you are done tap on OK to apply it.Selecting Notification Ringtone

Applying Normal Song as Ringtone

When you want to apply a song which are you playing or you have in your folder of your SD card, you can set it as the ringtone or the personalized ringtone for a contact.

  • When you are playing a music on the music player of your phone, tap on the Menu button and you will find various options. Select the option of Set as.Music Selection
  • Now you have the three options of Phone ringtone or Caller ringtone or Alarm tone. I guess I needn’t explain you more with these three terms.Ringtone option
  • When I tap on caller ringtone, it will directly take me to the contacts folder asking me to select the contact for whom I want apply this as the caller ringtone. Tap on the contact and the select tone would be applied as the caller ringtone to that contact within no time and you will be taken back to the music player.Selecting Contacts
  • So next time when that contact calls you, you will hear the personalized ringtone for that contact.

While going through all the settings above you would noticed that unlike other phones which accepts only mp3 or mp4 as the ringtone, Android doesn’t have any such issues during selections and this is one of the reason I love Android OS on my smartphone. I hope now you will have complete knowledge on managing the sound on your Android phone.



  1. Yuga

    June 10, 2015 at 7:32 am

    cwhen i was changed to ringtone. Cnt show me the sd card

  2. Robin singh

    January 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

    i have canvas nitro. i want to use a audio file as message alert tone. how can i do it.

  3. Robin singh

    January 15, 2015 at 10:04 am

    i have got a cat voice. i want to use that as my message alert tone i don’t find anyway to do it in canvas nitro please tell me some way if there is.

  4. raaz

    November 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Whenever i check balance of my sim, a music plays…i dont know why…like when i dial *141# for vf or *123# for airtel to check balance….whn balance shown it play a music in the background thats vry annoying…i dnt knw how to stop it…. can u help ??

    • raaz

      November 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

      My cell honr is lg optimus g pro upgraded to android kitkat

  5. Princess Abby

    May 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I would like to ask about the Alcatel One Touch Magic 4033E. I changed the notification ringtone on the settings yet my phone still have the default message tone every time I receive an SMS (text message).

  6. FS

    February 12, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Just for the Alarm.
    Every time I create a new Alarm (either by using Google Voice or directly through S3 software) these settings are default:
    Alarm type: Melody (I’d like to change it to Vib. & Mel.)
    Level: MAX (I’d like to change it to medium)
    Alarm tone: Beep Once (I’d like to change it to …)
    Snooze: off (I’d like to change it to on)

    Again, please don’t recommend
    1) download of another application
    2) change it every time (I already do this)
    3) access the script code and put in new code etc.

    I’d consider myself reasonable good with technology, but extremely disappointed that I don’t find a easy solution for this. Samsung generally seems to be smart about these things.

  7. Zihao

    February 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    So in other words you are unable to change the default ringtone of your notification sound other then the ones given to us by the factory default ones?

  8. FS

    February 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    How to change the default alarm settings on s3 so every time I create a new alarm my default is coming up?
    Please, safe your time and spare answers such as:
    Download this app, that app, or copy this source data into your pc and change the code @@~@\££\ to @\{_!)(£(£*
    The reason I asked the question is because I like to use google voice command to set an alarm, and everytime I do so the S3 default of loudest Beep alarm is set without vibration. So I have to manually set everything.
    Thanks in advance

    • Captain007

      December 1, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Hi,I have this problem,too????please help!!!!should I always check and set the setting of alarms???? 🙁

  9. Philip Mburu

    June 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Hey guys. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy ace if you want to change the alarm tone first make the song you like a ringtone for calls then it will be available on the ringtone list selection from the alarm app

    • Kyle MacMillan

      April 14, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Dude! I’ve been searching for 2 hours trying to find a solution the other responses are WAY too complicated for something that is an easy fix.

  10. Ashleigh

    May 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Hey I have an Optimus L7. Whilst playing music or watching YouTube on my ph; If i get a message or email etc while listening to song/clip, it pauses whatever I am listening to for a few seconds then starts playing again. Slightly frustrating. Any Ideas? Thanks for the other tips though!!:)

  11. Parker Truly

    April 26, 2013 at 8:12 am

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  12. Clemmie Barstad

    April 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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  13. roy lukose

    November 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Dear Mr. Bhawani,
    I want to change the default alarm tone on my new galaxy ace GT-S5830i. I tried to follow your instruction. But my device dosen’t give me the screen Alarm tone: Sounds/Go to My Files when I tap Alarm which logo is at the bottom of my Clock screen. I have only the default options of Turn on Alarm, Time, Repeat , Ringtone etc. The Rington option only gives the default list of 9 tones. There is no way to go to my files or the Ringtone folder on my files.
    So also no options to change my notification tones for sms or reminder. The default tones are too brief, and too feeble that one doesn’t even notice the notifications.
    Can you help?

  14. callmemitch

    October 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’m looking for changing default system tone! 🙁

    rooted phone here..

  15. chaithra

    September 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

    i have sony experia neo v and its highly impossible to apply the notification sounds which are downloaded from the internet.pls help cant stand annoyin notification sounds on the phone

  16. Joe

    September 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I need to know how to change my email notification sound !!!!! Please

  17. Nerissa

    September 14, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I can’t change the alarm tone on my LG Optimus L3? Any ideas, please? 🙂 Thanks!

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      yes you can apply this , there will be no issues

  18. kim K

    September 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    i have a LG optimus L7 and i am trying to figure out how to change my message tone to a song is this possible

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      you can change the notification settings

  19. travis

    July 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I want to silence all calls except those from my contacts. I try to set default to silent but when a contact calls it is silent for them as well. I have ringtones set for my contacts. My old phone when I did this I would only hear the contacts calling unknown numbers were silent.

  20. travis

    July 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I want to silence all calls except those from my contacts. I try to set default to silent but when a contact calls it is silent for them as well. I have ringtones set for my contacts. My old phone when I did this I would only hear the contacts calling unknown numbers were silent.

  21. Larrystylinson

    June 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thank you so much !!!

  22. Shinigami Gyan

    June 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

    thanks for tips

  23. Shinigami Gyan

    June 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

    thanks for tips

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