Applying Your Own Ringtone in Android 2.2

April 22, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Android phones offer various customization options, from setting new wallpapers and installing themes to changing keyboards and even altering ringtones.

There are different options available for audio notifications depending on your version of Android, and you can even set custom ringtones on your Android phone!

After all, sticking to the same tired old stock sound notifications is pretty dull, especially if you’re using your Android phone as a media player. Why rely on the same limited selection of ringtones and notifications as everyone else with your version of Android when you can choose from any audio you can find, from rock classics to the latest RnB or even sound effects from movies and TV shows?

Applying your own Ringtone in Android

Changing Stock Ringtones in Android 2.2

If you’re happy enough with the stock ringtones and are in no rush to change them, you can manage which ringtone is in use via Settings > Incoming calls > Phone ringtone. Scrolling through the list of stock ringtones will give you a preview of what is on offer and all you need to do to change the ringtone is select it, ensuring the green spot appears on the right-hand side.

Other sound options are available in the Sound Settings screen, from setting your phone to Silent mode and adjusting the Volume to adjusting the Notification ringtone, which operates in the same way as the stock phone ringtone selector.

You can also enable and disable Audible touch tones, where you phone plays a tone when you use the dial pad, and Audible selection which plays a short sound to provide feedback that your menu or screen selection has been received by your phone.

Applying Your Own Ringtone in Android 2.2

Probably the best solution for creating and applying your own custom ringtones is with the Ringdroid app available on the Android Market.

This open source tool can be used to create ringtones, alarms and notifications for your Android phone (or tablet) and will run on all Android versions from 1.6 (Donut) through to 2.3 (Gingerbread).

The latest version of this great free app could not be easier to use. After you have downloaded and installed the app, all you need to do to use it is launch, select an audio track from your library (these will either be listed or you can search for them) and tap Edit to crop the track down to a sensible length (something like 30 seconds for a phone ringtone, as long or as short as you want for a notification ringtone) using the sliders found at the top left and bottom right of your chosen audio and tap Save.

When saving you have the opportunity to select a file name as well as save as Ringtone, Music, Alarm or Notification, and Ringdroid will also offer to make the clip the default option for whichever audio type you selected.

If you would rather do this later, all you need to do is go to Settings > Sound > Phone ringtone (or Notification ringtone) and select the clip you saved to set it as a ringtone!

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