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

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Apr 30, 2013, 10:49:12 PM via Website

I'd have to experiment with different media players. I have Google Play Music (which is default) and ES File Explorers quick-play but that has no options at all. And when I select my ringtone in ES File Explorer there is no option to set it as the default ringtone. And Google Play Music doesn't list it as a music file. Plus if I choose any other music file it does see there is no option to set it as a ringtone. So it seems I'm SOL.

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May 1, 2013, 1:45:37 AM via Website

Ok, I stopped assuming your phone works like an S2 now, and I have some hopefully HELPFUL suggestions. ;)
Just for convenience, I'd put the ringtone file on your desktop to start. Right click the file, and click rename. Rename it to "(name).mid"... as in make it .mid. You might get a warning that it won't play, but disregard. Now copy that file to "Saved Sounds" on your phone. On your phone, open the media gallery, find the ringtone, hit options, and set as default (or individual) ringtone.
Ok, any better on this one??

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Jul 20, 2013, 12:44:45 AM via Website

Perhaps this video will help you:

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Jul 22, 2013, 6:01:58 PM via Website

The other thing you can do is download an app to edit MP3s (most of them can do file conversions too, if the file you want to set as your ringtone is AAC or WAV or whatever). I tend to do it this way because then I can choose the specific part of a song I want as my ringtone, considering my phone rarely rings for more than a few seconds before I answer it. Just go to the Play Store and search for 'MP3 trimmer' or 'MP3 cutter' or 'ringtone maker' or any other combination of those words and find one with good feedback.

And yeah, that video is a good tutorial!

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Jul 23, 2014, 4:28:43 AM via Website

If you look in the file manager for the MP3 you want to use, select the file, on the menu choose MOVE, then select ringtones as the destination. Once it's in there you can select it from the Ringtone list.

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Oct 5, 2015, 2:58:05 PM via Website

Best app to download mp3 ringtones

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Sep 13, 2017, 10:06:11 AM via Website

file MP3 lenght 3 minute. for ringtone ???
it is longer.

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Sep 18, 2017, 12:31:46 PM via Website

I am using Ringtone of [Samsung Galaxy] S8 for S5. But [This RingTone] is not play in S5.

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Mar 22, 2018, 4:24:06 AM via Website

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.


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Apr 27, 2018, 5:52:18 AM via Website

Thanks a lot. I worry about that!

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