How to add ringtones on Android, so they appear in the ringtone menus

Connect your phone to your computer via USB and open the Phone storage folder.

Don’t have access to a computer or a USB chord? Install a file manager app like Astro.

Locate the directories: Ringtones, Notifications, Alarms in the storage folder (create them if not found)

Any music files placed in these directories will appear in their respective menus in Settings. That’s it!

You can also use Ringdroid to cut a song and use it as a ringtone.

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17 comments on “How to add ringtones on Android, so they appear in the ringtone menus
  1. Erika Molina says:

    I have a Garminfone… it’s an android phone too. Is the same process to put ringtones?

  2. droid says:

    It should work on any android phone erika.

  3. Peter VanDenEng says:


  4. Pat says:

    I have the new Atrix 4G. I did not get a SD card with it. Any other suggestions to move a file to ringtones?

  5. David says:

    I’m on an LG Optimus, and this doesn’t seem to be working. Has the system changed? I’d love to add some ringtones from original recordings (i.e. I can’t buy them).

  6. MoxNix says:

    I wasn’t successful until I had the subfolders named “ringtones”, “notifications”, and “alarms”. “notification” did NOT work. It didn’t seem to matter if it was in the root /sdcard/ folder or a subfolder.

  7. sad i hv cheap micromax android no features sadness :(

  8. MAMALLAN says:

    I too have this problem with LG Optimus. I created a folder named “Ringtone” and I did cut and paste from my SD card. Alas!! it did not seem to work. However it worked while it was “froyo” v:2.2.2

  9. Fagin says:

    Worked great for me. Created a “Music” folder in my SD card directory, located the file in File Manager on my phone, long pressed the file in question and was given the option to set as ringtone. Didn’t even need to restart my phone. It’s very quiet, though, is there some kind of sound file that’s preferable for this purpose?

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