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Set your favourite tune as a ringtone

Those default ringtones are dull, aren’t they? It’s time to add your own…

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There is no denying the fact that the default ringtones packaged with new devices just aren’t individual enough. Not only this, often they’re actually quite inadequate as effective ringtones.

The solution, of course, is to set your own custom ringtone. This might be a segment of a favourite song, or perhaps a sound effect from a movie. Better still, you’re not limited at customising ringtones – notifications and alarms can also be enhanced with short MP3 files. After all, it’s far better to have a phone ringtone, alarm noise and notification alert that you will react to, rather than one that you’re prone to ignore.

Make your alerts and notifications fit for purpose! All you need to get started is the MP3 file of your choice, cropped to 30 seconds of your favourite segment (perhaps the chorus or a riff, rather than the intro).

This tutorial originally appeared in Android Magazine issue 54. Click here for more information on buyingthe latest edition of Android Magazine.

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1. Select and crop your MP3

Begin by selecting an MP3 file and cropping it to the required length if necessary. To crop the file you can use an app like MP3 Cutter, or a browser-based tool like http://mp3cut.net/. Once you’re happy, copy to your phone via USB cable or sync via your favoured cloud app.

 

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2. Check the sync

Has the MP3 synced to your phone? Open Dropbox, Google Drive or whichever cloud solution you use and check that the file is available. Once you’ve done this, confirm that it will play on your device, as encoding issues with cropped MP3 files can prevent successful playback.

 

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3. Use the right folder

For the ringtone to be detected by Android, you will need to save it in the correct folder. Whether you’re copying via USB or you have synced it via the cloud, use a file manager like FX to copy the file into the Ringtones folder in your Android’s main storage.

 

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4. Add your MP3 ringtone

You’re now ready to set the file up as a ringtone. To do this, open Settings>Sound & Notification and select Phone Ringtone. You should see the chosen ringtone listed (they are displayed alphabetically) so select it to get a preview and tap OK when you’re happy.

 

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5. Set custom options

It isn’t only your ringtone that you can customise. Android’s alarm clock and audible notifications can also be personalised, and the process is just as simple as adding a new ringtone. Before you start, however, give some thought to the chosen MP3, making sure it is fit for purpose.

 

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6. Add a custom notification

It isn’t only your ringtone that you can customise. Android’s alarm clock and audible notifications can also be personalised, and the process is just as simple as adding a new ringtone. Before you start, however, give some thought to the chosen MP3, making sure it is fit for purpose.

 

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7. Wake up in the morning

Choose a suitable MP3 alarm and trim it to size before copying to the Alarms folder in the main storage. Select Clock>Alarms and tap the chosen current alarm to display the list of alternatives. Select your new alarm tone and then do a tap on OK to confirm the selection.

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