How to make ringtones for an Android phone

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We’ve been making custom ringtones on our phones for years now, but with today’s smartphones, everything has gotten easier. Here, we’ll run you through the process of making a custom ringtone for your Android device using a multitude of methods, including RingDroid, GarageBand, and AVCWare Ringtone Maker. Setting your phone to play Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You every time your latest Tinder date calls has never been easier.

How to Make a Ringtone using Ringdroid

RingDroid is an intuitive app that lets you create ringtones from any WAV, 3GPP, ARM, AAC, MP4, or MPE3 audio file you have on your Android phone. The process is straightforward and easy to grasp, at least after one or two attempts. The best part? It’s completely free, and you can create ringtones without your computer on hand.

Copy the song to your phone’s internal storage

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  1. Connect and mount your Android phone to your computer.
  2. Choose the song you want to use for your ringtone and copy it onto your Android phone like you normally would. Feel free to eject your phone after adding the song you want to use.

Create the ringtone using RingDroid

  1. Launch RingDroid. You can grab the app for free on Google Play, if you don’t have it already.
  2. RingDroid will list all the music on your phone when opened. Scroll through the list, or use the search bar at the top, and locate the song you’d like to use for your ringtone.
  3. Tap the song title to select it.
  4. Adjust the markers and select the part of the song you want to use as your ringtone. Keep in mind that Android ringtones continually run in 30-second (or less) loops.
  5. Tap the floppy disc icon at the top once you’re satisfied with your selection.
  6. Name the ringtone and select the type of audio file you’d like to save it as.

Assign the ringtone using RingDroid

  1. Within the app, choose whether your want to make the clip your default ringtone or assign it to a specific contact.

Assign the ringtone through your phone’s settings menu

  1. Go to SettingsSound & Notification > Ringtone > More ringtones.
  2. Choose your desired ringtone.

Assign the ringtone through your phone’s contacts menu

  1. Open Contacts and select your desired contact.
  2. Tap the pencil icon in the upper-right corner.
  3. Tap the More menu (more menu) in the upper-right corner.
  4. Select Set Ringtone > More ringtones.
  5. Choose your desired ringtone for that contact.

How to make a ringtone using GarageBand (MacOS)

GarageBand is another free alternative that lets Mac users create their own custom ringtones for Android. And because Apple’s software comes bundled with your Mac, there’s no need to purchase the software.

  1. Launch the program, and make sure to grab the latest software update before you continue.
  2. Select Cycle Mode and select the portion of the song you want to use for your ringtone. Keep in mind that Android ringtones typically run in 30-second (or less) loops.
  3. Go to Preferences in the GarageBand menu and make sure the box beside Auto Normalize is checked.
  4. Once you’ve settled upon a ringtone selection, click the Share option in the main menu bar. Afterward, click Export Song to Disk and choose your desired MP3 format and a save location for the resulting audio snippet.
  5. Click Export in the bottom-right corner of the window.

Copy your song to your phone’s internal storage

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  1. Connect and mount your Android phone to your computer.
  2. Drag and drop your new ringtone into the ringtones folder on your Android drive. If you don’t have a designated ringtones folder, go ahead and create one.
  3. Eject your Android phone. Once done, follow the steps on how to set and assign ringtones on page one.

How to make a ringtone using AVCWare Ringtone Maker (Windows)

AVCWare is a piece of software that allows you to create ringtones simply by choosing your song, selecting the portion of the song you want to utilize, and exporting it as an MP3.

  1. Launch the program and locate the song you want to convert. If you don’t have the program already, you can snag it here.
  2. Move the selection handles to select the portion of the song you want to use. You can also manually input the exact start and stop times for your ringtone, if you prefer.
  3. Choose the Output File Name and Output Folder to save your ringtone.
  4. Click the iPhone icon in the lower-right corner. Once done, follow the steps on how to set and assign ringtones on page one.

This article was originally published on August 20, 2013. Updated on 04-01-2017 by Carlos Vega: Added new methods and screenshots.


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