Android 101: How to change your ringtone
Jun 13, 2013 3:07 PM –
Welcome to the latest Android 101 in our series of easy-to-follow tutorials which are ideal for new Android users. In this article, we are going to look at how to change your ringtone.
Pretty much every modern cell phone comes with a range of different ringtones to choose from. Usually they are a mixed bag of rock tunes, country tracks, one called something like ‘calypso’ (seriously, who chooses that one?!) plus a smattering of ear-piercing tinkles that are actually quite boring. Lastly, there’s always an old-school telephone ring for irony purposes. For stock Android, I’m personally a fan of ‘Thermos’
Changing your ringtone is quite easy really, first go to settings:
Next, select sound. From here you access volumes, ringtones and notification tones (the sound you hear when you get a text or email). The menu looks like this:
Now, while you can easily adjust the volumes for music/games, ringtones & notifications and alarms. If you select volumes, a small pop up menu comes up:
Here… just slide your finger to the volume level you want. As you do, the media will play and you can hear what the volume will sound like. Below this option, there’s a button for phone ringtone. Pressing this brings up a longer menu of ringtones to choose from, looking a little like this:
When each is selected, it will sound, so you can choose which one you like. The same will apply when you check out the notification sounds.
Another cool feature, is the ability to assign particular ringtones to your favourite contacts. To do this, go to your People or Contacts app, choose a contact and then select the menu for that contact. This will differ from device to device, but on stock Android, it will look like this.:
Here you can then set a ringtone for your contact. This is cool as it means when your phone rings, you will know who it is immediately. Obviously this isn’t exclusive to Android or even smartphones, but it can be very useful.
And folks, it’s that simple! Be sure to try a few of the ringtones available on your device to find one which suits you. More advanced users might want to check out apps like Zedge, which lets you download new ringtones and apply them immediately.
Additionally, if you’re feeling really confident, check out apps like Ringtonium or Ringdroid (click the links to download plus get instructions on how to use). These let you take a normal music track from your phone and chop it down to play the bit you might like, essentially creating your own customised ringtones. These can be a little fiddly to begin with, but the apps themselves are intuitive and impressive to use.
So there we have it, hopefully now you can change your ringtone and even assign particular ringtones to your favourite contacts!
As usual feel free to leave comments below whether that be a future tutorial request or perhaps even your favourite ringtone recommendations, it’s always great to hear from you.