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How to Set Custom (SMS) Notification Ringtone on Android Phone

Best thing about Nokia phones is that we can set every MP3 or AAC audio clip as SMS or caller ringtone with ease. Though Android phones allow you to set caller ringtone directly by using the Music app, but you can't set custom ringtone for SMS in the same way.

How to Set Custom Caller Ringtone:

Just place your MP3 ringtone anywhere in your SD card and restart your cell. Open music app and tap on the Songs tab. Tap on the name of the song for sometime until the following menu appears. Select "Use as phone ringtone" and you are done!

Android Custom Ringtone

How to Set Custom Message Ringtone:

To set custom SMS ringtone on Android phone, connect your phone to your computer and place the MP3 ringtone at the following location on your SD / mSD card.


Note that if any of the above folder don't exist in your SD card, you need to create it manually. Once you have placed MP3 file in the above location, restart your cell. Navigate to Settings->Sound->Notification ringtone to see your custom ringtone.

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    wilz7 years, 12 months ago

    nice, it works! no need for third party apps.

    Shane8 years, 6 months ago

    Why can’t we set text tones to individual contacts like we can with ring tones?

    nani8 years, 8 months ago

    thanks bro
    its working

    Sara9 years, 7 months ago

    Simple and sweet! thanks! :)

    NAdu10 years, 3 months ago

    Its working. Thank you.

    Abulkeek10 years, 4 months ago

    Didn’t work on HTC Desire running Droid 2.2, I can see the file I want to use in the right directory and I can select it but it doesn’t play. The one selected before it plays. I go back and check if it is selected, and it is. I restarted, done everything I can think of, but clearly, not doing the right thing. Any ideas?


    nanaya10 years, 5 months ago

    does anyone know how to remove the sms mp3 from the list?

    Tony10 years, 7 months ago

    Thanks for this guide, saved me d/loading an app to do a simple job on a HTC Desire.

    12345610 years, 7 months ago

    i still cant set any of my mp3 as the notification sound. any other recommendations? tq

      Wanna B Geek10 years, 7 months ago

      this worked PERFECTLY for me. thank you soooo much. i was about to go crazy sitting here thinking now i’ve used phones for like 10 years n i usually figure this stuff out in like 2 seconds. come on whats the problem. it wasn’t me! lol