How to Add Ringtones to an Android Phone

Adding ringtones to an Android phone can be tricky. If you drag and drop a ringtone file to your device, it will end up in with your music collection. However, with one simple trick, it can be a breeze to do.


1. Connect your device’s memory to your computer. This can be done via USB, or using a microSD adapter to connect your microSD card to your computer.

If you connect your device via USB, you will need to mount your phone in order for the connection to work. To do this, open the notifications on your phone, touch the notification stating that your phone is connected. Choose the option to mount your device.

2. Open the file folder for your device. You can access it via My Computer, and select the drive your device is connected via. You should see various folders relating to apps on your device and files you’ve added so far.

3. Create a new folder. Label it Ringtones.

4. Open the folder on your computer containing the ringtones. It’s usually easier if you have saved theringtones in a separate folder than your computer’s music collection. In a pinch, however, you can hover your cursor over a music file and see the length of the track.

5. Drag and drop the ringtone file to the Ringtones folder on your device. Disconnect your device from your computer.

6. Go to Sound Settings on your phone. When on your home screen, press the menu/navigation hard key, and select Settings. From there, select Sound, and the menu titled Phone ringtone. Scroll through the list of ringtones until you find the one you want to use.


  • For a more universal process that should work with all android versions is to see if you have a folder titled Media and a folder labeled Audio inside the Media folder. If not, make the folders so the folder structure is as the following:

    - audio
    – ringtones
    – notifications
    – alarms

    Place all your ringtones that you’d like to use as ringtones in the ringtones folder, alarm tones in the alarms folder, and notifications tones in the notifications folder.


  • This won’t work on a Motorola Backflip with Android 2.1 Eclair. You can get around this by downloading a ringtone manager app.

Things You’ll Need

  • Android device with a microSD card installed
  • USB cord or microSD adapter

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