Android O makes adding custom ringtones a piece of cake

We have Android 7 Nougat running on less than 3% of Android devices, but Google has already officially announced the next version of its operating system: Android O.

We only have a general outline of the major focus of this Android update: it will be mostly about battery life, but some other neat improvements are also coming. And while it will probably be a year or more until it arrives to a meaningful number of phones, here is one welcome new feature in Android O: it will allow you to easily set a custom ringtone for calls, notifications and messages.

Currently, changing your ringtone to a custom one is a bit of a pain on Android (but it's even worse on iOS), and luckily Android O changes that. Go into the new Sound setting in the menus, and you will find the familiar ringtone selector, but scroll down to the very bottom and you will see the option to add a custom ringtone straight from your phone. Previously, you were required to hook up your phone to a desktop computer and manually add a ringtone to the appropriate folder, so that it shows up on your phone. This cuts the computer middle man and allows you to to do it all on your phone.

Good one, Google! Now, if only those updates could arrive a little bit faster...



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I would love it better if I have the option of choosing the ring tone right from the music player...just like Nokia did with Symbian.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Maybe on stock but this has been standard on Touchwiz/Samsung for years. Had it on my S4&5, it was probably on the S3 at least aswell And yet people continue to disrespect the source of how many new stock android features every year due to occasional stuttering, I'll take the features/gimmicks over having to plug into a computer for something as simple as this.

3. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You don't need to hook up a phone to a PC to add new ringtones. Since most android phones come equipped with a file manager, you just need to download your favorite ringtone and move it to ringtone folder using file manager.

4. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Or a ringtone app that does it for you.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1374; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

ALRIGHT.... I've been following this site for years..... and this .... THIS is the piece that broke the camels back... WTF do you mean its been hard to customize android.... W T F if wrong with you people... being able to customize a per contact notification has been a staple in android since the beginning and you are belittling it like it was revered in iOS first and better... i have been using android for 10 years and iOS for 6(for work) i know how they both work and yall are the pity of iOS tit suckers... i can not believe i still read this filth

6. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Never needed a computer to add a custom ringtone on my Sammy, Nexus and even my current Pixel XL. This article is pretty ridiculous.

7. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

U mean they don't have to use iTunes or buy one in app store? Arrrghhh! Not fair! : (

8. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

currently its not a problem on my samsung s7 edge, i dont think it was an issue on my nexus 6p. i mean the only reason why i hook up my phone to my pc is because i downloaded/created a ringtone on my pc and now i want to copy it onto my phone... if you download/create/edit a song into a ringtone or download a ringtone straight on my your phone, thats also not a problem...

9. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Or do what Android users have been able to do for many years and use Zedge or a similar, or even use the built in app manager to copy a ringtone to the ringtones folder.

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