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Changing Your Android's Ringtone

Your Droid Doesn't Need to Say "Droid"


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When it comes to making your phone truly your own, having custom chosen ringtones is a must-do. Whether you choose one ringtone for all your incoming calls or set a specific tone for every caller; the Android operating system has the power and the flexibility you need.

Setting Your Default Ringtones

Depending on which model Android phone you have, you have several stock ringtones to choose from. To browse through the tones that came with your phone, follow these steps:

  1. From the home screen, press the Menu key then choose Settings.
  2. Scroll through the Settings list till you find the Sound option.
  3. Press the Sound option. This will bring up a list of settings that you can adjust based on your preferences.
  4. Select the Phone Ringtone option. This will bring up a dialog box that will ask you if you want to use either the Android System or your stored music to assign your ringtone. For sake of this example, select Android System.
  5. Press on any of the available ringtones to hear what it sounds like. When you find one that you want to use as your default ringer, simply press Okay to save your selection.

Time to Go Shopping

If the stock ringtones don't give you the level of customization that you are looking for, open up the Android Market and do a quick search for "ringtones." You will get many results from this search; some will be paid apps and some are free. Here are two of my favorite free apps that I've used extensively:

  1. Mabilo-This app gives you access to hundreds of free downloadable and assignable ringtones. Mabilo is like a market designed exclusively for ringtones. Using Mabilo, you will be able to search either for specific songs or movie sound clips or browse through the categories. You can preview a ringtone prior to downloading it as well as check out how other users rated the ringtone. Once downloaded, you can assign the ringtone to a specific person in your contact list by simply pressing the "assign to" button and scrolling through your contact list. Find the contact you want to assign the ringtone to, select them by pressing their name and exiting by pressing "okay." Though Mabilo does have ads running at the bottom of the screen, they are a small price to pay for what this app affords you in customization.
  2. RingDroid-This app allows you to use a song in your media library, select up to 30 seconds of the song, and create a ringtone from it. It takes a little while to get used to the interface and the operation of the app, but once you've made a few ringtones, you'll find that the process is easy and effective.

If these two apps do not give you the level of customization that you want, or if you want a very specific set of ringtones, keep scrolling through the search results in the Android market until you find what you are looking for.


Android makes it easy to assign custom ringtones to really personalize your Android phone and get rid of that annoying "DROID" sound every time your phone rings.  And with the Android market having so many ringtone apps available, there really is no reason why you should have "old fashion ringer" as your default ringtone.


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