How to set a song as a ringtone on an Android mobile

Android ringtone

Android is a highly customizable platform, although the latest versions ( Lollipop and Marshmallow ) present some impediments when it comes to setting ringtones or alarms. The problem is in those devices that come under the protection of the platform natively, that is, with a clean system without any type of customization . Basically we cannot use any melody stored on our phone to set as a ringtone, we have to settle for a default selection.

How could it be otherwise and, given the wide range of facilities offered by the system, we can carry out a series of actions to select the ringtone we want. The first thing we have to do is get a file manager for Android devices . You can find a wide selection of applications on Google Play, such as  ES File Explorer. It is one of the easiest apps of this type to use, since it has a fairly intuitive interface. We therefore recommend that you download and install it on your phone before proceeding with the rest of the steps.

Android ringtone

If you have in your possession a smartphone with Android 5.0 Lollipop or Android 6.0 Marshamallow that has the system installed natively, without any kind of customization layer, you will not be able to choose the song you want as a ringtone on your device. You will have to settle for the tones that are established in the system. We mentioned previously that you can make some adjustments so that you can set the song you want as a ringtone. The first thing is to install the ES File Explorer file manager . Once you have it installed you must:

  • Go to the Settings section of your device and look for Sounds and notifications.
  • Then select the Ringtone option to choose the sound for calls, or Default notification tone for notifications from both applications and messages.
  • Choose the option Choose the tone in both cases from the ES File Explorer file manager .
  • Finally, find the folder where the tone you want to use is located and mark it.

If you follow these steps you will have your personalized tone for calls, messages or applications without major problems. You can also carry out another second method to choose the song you want to put, although it is true that it is somewhat more complicated. You can choose the ringtone from its folder and copy or move it to the Ringtones and Notifications folders , which are located in the internal memory of the device. Then go to the settings of your device and then go to the Sounds and notifications section and Ringtone or Default notification tone. You will find it among the defaults.

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