How do I set my mp3 as a ringtone on the Samsung Galaxy S?

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Jun 8, 2011 2:01:23 PM

Yes, it's a basic question but it's oddly difficult to find the answer. I had a tough time working it out when I got my Galaxy S in December. It seems a bit clunky but it seems to be the way the phone was designed.

Here's how you set your mp3 as a ringtone:

1. Open any file manager app

2. Look for a folder called Media in the phone's main directory.
(Most likely it doesn't exist, so create it by right clicking and choosing New Folder, then rename the folder to be media)

3. Inside the media folder, you need a folder called Audio. Again, if it’s not there create it as above

4. Inside the Audio folder, create subfolders for the sound categories you want to change:
- Ringtones for sound files you want to use for incoming calls
- Alarms for sound files you want to use for alarms
- Notifications for all other alerts such as incoming SMS, emails or alerts from individual apps, etc

(lower/upper case is irrelevant - the folders can be "Media", "MEDIA", "media", etc)

Copy the MP3 file you want to use to the relevant folder

You should now see your MP3 file listed in the menu for selection in the relevant sound settings menu (to access the ringtone/notification settings, press the hard Menu key from one of your home screens, then press Settings then Sounds and Display, or go to settings from within a relevant app)

Alternatively, most audio player apps allow you to set music files as ringtones when playing them, either with a hard press or from the Menu key. Note, the default Android music player does not have this function, which I consider to be a little odd.

— modified on Dec 19, 2011 6:05:36 PM by moderator

Jun 8, 2011 2:28:02 PM

Excellent answer. I would most recommend the second approach, if available. A hard press is usually the easiest way to do this. In any case, it's not so hard to set your mp3 as ringtone.

— modified on Dec 19, 2011 6:14:26 PM by moderator

Jan 11, 2012 7:52:08 PM

Oh, god. IT IS EASIER!!! Open settings, go-to sound and choose ringtone, second way - open media player long press audio file or press menu while playing and choose "set as" option. Alarms via Clock app select "other file " option while setting up alarm.

Apr 17, 2012 3:27:27 PM

Alex M.
Oh, god. IT IS EASIER!!! Open settings, go-to sound and choose ringtone, second way - open media player long press audio file or press menu while playing and choose "set as" option. Alarms via Clock app select "other file " option while setting up alarm.

I thought this too, but on my Galaxy Nexus both of these ways no longer work (I tried it rooted an unrooted). There are luckily apps like MP3 Ringtone Maker that make it really easy.

— modified on Apr 17, 2012 3:27:54 PM

Sep 30, 2012 4:39:16 PM

This worked perfectly! Thank you Richard S.

Richard S.
Yes, it's a basic question but it's oddly difficult to find the answer. I had a tough time working it out when I got my Galaxy S in December. It seems a bit clunky but it seems to be the way the phone was designed.

Here's how you set your mp3 as a ringtone:

1. Open any file manager app

2. Look for a folder called Media in the phone's main directory.
(Most likely it doesn't exist, so create it by right clicking and choosing New Folder, then rename the folder to be media)

3. Inside the media folder, you need a folder called Audio. Again, if it’s not there create it as above

4. Inside the Audio folder, create subfolders for the sound categories you want to change:
- Ringtones for sound files you want to use for incoming calls
- Alarms for sound files you want to use for alarms
- Notifications for all other alerts such as incoming SMS, emails or alerts from individual apps, etc

(lower/upper case is irrelevant - the folders can be "Media", "MEDIA", "media", etc)

Copy the MP3 file you want to use to the relevant folder

You should now see your MP3 file listed in the menu for selection in the relevant sound settings menu (to access the ringtone/notification settings, press the hard Menu key from one of your home screens, then press Settings then Sounds and Display, or go to settings from within a relevant app)

Alternatively, most audio player apps allow you to set music files as ringtones when playing them, either with a hard press or from the Menu key. Note, the default Android music player does not have this function, which I consider to be a little odd.

Oct 24, 2012 10:52:16 AM

Diana gray
Hi I have managed to do 3/4 of the process but I cannot work out how to copy the mp3 file into the new folder!

Best is if you plug your phone into a computer and you can just drag and drop from the other folder (It will still stay in your media player and work when listening to music).

Or you can get a file manager like Astro or something and usually at the top it has an option to copy (or hold down the song icon and select copy from the dropdown) and then go into the ringtones folder and push paste (or again long press in the space and press paste from drop down).

Best, Lee

Oct 24, 2012 10:55:59 AM

Even better yet, does anyone know the best media players that have the option to set ringtones?

This would handle all questions and everyone could do it.

I know I myself don't want to go through a process to set my ringtone. I here a song and go "Yeah, That's my ringtone for today" and want to set it.

Oct 24, 2012 12:00:34 PM

Lee Gellie
Even better yet, does anyone know the best media players that have the option to set ringtones?

This would handle all questions and everyone could do it.

I know I myself don't want to go through a process to set my ringtone. I here a song and go "Yeah, That's my ringtone for today" and want to set it.

OK I found the following that are really good;

1) MixZing Media Player
(Review: Free version has adds. Allows you to set songs as ringtones, allows you to edit album info, identifies most songs for you, gets & saves album art, gives you new indie music to listen to and review [if you're into that], great equalizer, plays videos. Overall awesome for editing your songs and setting you phone settings but because of the adds not great as a player in the free version. 4/5 *

2) doubleTwist Player
(Review: No Equalizer on free version. Can't get album art in free version. Great little player, Facebook & Twitter Share is cool. Allows you to set songs as ringtones. 3/5 *

Oct 31, 2012 3:16:42 AM

I got my S3 today and was wondering the same thing! This worked for me:

1. Plug your phone into your PC via USB cable

2. Open up my computer, and browse to the mobile device

3. Copy the MP3 file into the "ring tones" folder

4. On the phone goto settings>sound>Phone ring tone, and you should see your MP3 file in there to select.


running Andriod 4.0.4

Apr 28, 2013 7:06:46 AM

I don't have a Samsung Galaxy S but I assumed since I have android 4.0.4 this would work for me. None of it did. I can't get my custom ringtone to show up in the list of ringtones in settings. I've rebooted my phone a couple of times and it still won't show up, I have checked that the file is not damaged, and that it's in the correct folder on the SD card. I played it on my phone and it works. The file is not bigger than 300k but I'm not sure that matters on android phones (or other smart phones). I have the Kyocera Rise. I've even downloaded an app which forces a rescan of my SD card for media. It scanned properly since I saw the notification yet it still won't show up in my settings list for ringtones. I guess my phone just won't allow it. I did have it set up properly at one point (using the same folders) and it worked but when I formatted my SD card via the settings since I had so much extra crap in there from old apps I wanted to start fresh. Now it just won't work.

Apr 30, 2013 3:47:24 PM

Your problem is probably that it's the wrong file type. Open the custom ringtone in iTunes and right click, create mp3 version. If the option is create AAC or WAV or something like that instead of mp3, then click edit, then preferences. You'll be on the general page, where you can click Import Settings. Click Import using "Mp3 Encoder." Then you should be able to right click the song to create an mp3 version. Now copy THAT one into your phone's ringtone file, and it should show up correctly.

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Apr 30, 2013 9:19:36 PM

Ok, next suggestion would be to keep it on internal storage, rather than exporting to your SD card.
This one is probably too easy to work, but just in case, you might want to try opening the song on your phone's media player, and then looking through menu options there for a set as ringtone option. Some phones have it... not sure if the kyocera rise does.

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