Customize Notification Sounds on Android Oreo

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As we've mentioned several times in our articles, customizing various elements of a mobile device is always superior on Android. We're not knocking iOS phones or tablets, but there is no question that when it comes to tweaking and personalization, Android-powered devices come out on top.

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The topic of this tutorial doesn't require using ADB or having any root access. Instead, everything can be handled directly from the device itself and if you wish, a computer or laptop.

Android Oreo comes with some pretty cool stock ringtones and sounds. However, users who like to personalize their device, have the option of adding their own tracks and sounds. The good news is that adding custom ringtones and notification or alarm sounds isn't all that complicated, especially with Android's easy-to-follow folder system. It's merely a matter of copying the sound files you want into their proper locations.

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Although MP3 is the go-to compression format for audio on most mobile devices, Android supports playback for a vast range of audio file types, such as; MP3, WAV, M4A, AAC, AMR, WMA, and FLAC.

In the following VisiHow article we'll show how and where to copy your sounds and music files within your device's internal storage so that they can get set as ringtones, notification/alarm sounds, via the settings app. We'll also show how to fix a ringtone for a specific contact. For this How-to tutorial, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0.

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Add Custom Ringtones from a Computer (Windows)

The following steps are assuming that you have sound/music files stored on a computer that you'd like to use for ringtones, notifications, or alarms.

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    Plug your device into your computer using the appropriate USB cable
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    Swipe down to access, your notification panel, tap the USB options, followed by "Transfer files".
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    Head over to your computer and open the directory where your audio files are stored. For this tutorial, we created a folder on the desktop for Pixel sounds.
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    Once you're in the proper folder, select and copy the music files.
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    Next, open or navigate to "Computer" (My computer).
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    If your device is connected to your computer, it will be displayed somewhere inside your main directory (typically under the portable section)
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    Double-click it or, right-click and select open to continue.
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    Locate and open the "Ringtones" folder.
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    Now, paste your audio files into the Ringtones folder.
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    To add custom sounds as notifications, navigate to the files and copy them
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    Go to your device's internal storage, only this time open up the "Notifications" folder.
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    Paste your sound files into the Notifications folder.
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    For Alarm sounds, repeat the steps above
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    Once your audio files are copied to the clipboard, navigate to your device's "Alarms" folder.
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    Now, just as we did for Ringtones and Notifications, paste your files into the Alarms folder.
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Set Custom Ringtones, Notification Sounds and Alarms

Now that you've copied some music/sound files to your device, it's time to set them as your defaults.

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    On the home screen, tap or swipe up from the arrow to access your app drawer.
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    Inside the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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    On the Settings' screen, tap "Sound".
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    From the Sound screen, tap "Phone ringtone".
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    Here on the Phone ringtone screen, you'll see any files you copied earlier
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    Now, select your ringtone, then tap "SAVE" in the top right corner.
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    To set a custom notification sound, go back to Sound screen, then expand "Advanced" options. Next, tap "Default notification sound".
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    Locate the file you copied over earlier, then tap "SAVE" to set it as your default notification sound.
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    To set a custom audio file as your alarm, go back to the Sound screen and expand "Advanced" options. Now, tap "Default alarm sound".
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    Again, locate the file you copied over earlier, select it and tap "SAVE".
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Copy or Move Ringtones from the Downloads Folder

Sometimes you may download ringtones or audio files from the internet using your mobile browser. In this case, you have to copy or move the files to the appropriate folders.

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    Access your app tray and tap the "Downloads" icon
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    We have it directly on our home screen in our example. You can also use a file manager app to gain access to your device's internal storage.
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    Once inside the Downloads folder, tap + hold the file to select it
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    Next, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then select either "Copy to..." or "Move to...". Remember, when you move the file, it will no longer be in the Downloads folder.
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    Tap the hamburger menu in the top left corner, then select your device.
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    Once inside your device's internal storage, tap the "Ringtones" folder. You can also copy or move your downloaded files to the Notifications or Alarms folder.
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    Once inside the Ringtones folder, tap "COPY" in the lower right corner.
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Set a Custom Ringtone for a Contact

You can add a specific Ringtone for any contact on your device.

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    Open the "Contacts" app from either your home screen or the app tray.
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    Select a Contact from your list.
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    Once on your Contact's info screen, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, followed by "Set ringtone".
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    Choose an available ringtone, then tap "SAVE".
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