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How to add new notification tones, ringtones and alarm sounds to Android

26 mayo, 2021

Our mobiles come with a good number of factory ringtones, notification and alarm, but perhaps none of them convinces you or you simply want to use a different one. Today we will see how to do it without using no additional app.

Only recently, with Oreo, Android stock has allowed you to choose any audio file as a ringtone directly from the selector, but there is a surefire way to achieve the same, compatible with practically all layers of customization: copy the files to a certain folder.

First, get the audio

The first thing you will need is the audio file you want to use as a ringtone, notification or alarm tone. Android supports a large number of formats including AAC, MP3, Ogg and WAV, although if you want to avoid problems it is best to stick to WAV or MP3. If you have the file in another format such as AAC, nothing happens, you can always first test if it works and, if not, use a converter.

A practical example. On this website there are various classic game sound effects in WAV format. Feel free to use any audio, though keep in mind that a notification sound it shouldn’t be too long if you don’t want it to get heavy. For the ringtones or alarm you have more possibilities.


Android uses the file name as an identifier in the ringtone selection list, so you may want to rename the files to something that you can later remember. If you have the audio files on your PC, you must copy them to the mobile (I have used Telegram, but feel free to use any other application or the USB cable).

Second, everything in your folder

Now comes the most important part. You will need a file manager Versatile enough to allow you to move files and create folders, which is pretty basic. If your phone comes with one, it will probably do the trick. If not, I recommend MiXplore although it would be worth it with any other you prefer.

In your file manager, go to internal memory from your mobile and create the folders Notifications, Ringtones Y Alarms. You can actually create these folders wherever you want (within other folders … or not), so it’s up to you where you want to put them. If you find that your mobile already has some folders like that, you can reuse them.


Then move the sound files from alarms to the Alarms folder, the sound files of notifications to the Notifications folder and the sound files of ringtones to Ringtones.


It may take a few seconds for your phone to register these new tones, but you really don’t have anything else to do. Go to the alarm tone, ringtone and notification tone settings and you will see that the tones you just added appear directly in the list, along with the ones that came pre-installed.


If everything went well, the new tones will appear in the list to choose from, both in notification and call tones, as well as in alarms. Some layers of customization (or Android Oreo) let you do the same from the menus, but you have to go one by one. With the folder method you can have a tone pack ready to go in a minute.

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