Customize Notification Sounds on Samsung Galaxy S8

Edited by Jay

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are both top-of-the-line smartphones that give users a plethora of options and features to customize to their liking. It's no surprise that both devices come with some attractive stock themes, ringtones and sounds. However, for users who prefer to add a little more customization to their phone, sometimes the stock stuff just doesn't cut it. The great thing about Android is that it allows for a vast amount of personalization. So, if you happen to be a user who won't settle for stock sounds and ringtones, we've got you covered.

You can use any audio file that you have stored in your music folder as a ringtone. However, for notifications and alarms, you have to copy the files directly into the notifications and Alarms folders on the S8 and S8+. The sounds can be copied from a computer or laptop, or if you happen to download them from your mobile browser, you can move them to the correct directories/folders.

In this tutorial, we're going to go through step-by-step on how to get your custom ringtones, notification and alarm sounds up and running on your device, without any third-party applications. For this article, we used a Samsung Galaxy S8 running Android Nougat.

**Please Note** The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ can playback a wide variety of audio file formats, such as; MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, WMA, AMR, FLAC, and several others. It is recommended, however, that you use MP3s whenever possible. The high compression and minimal quality loss (if any) makes for smaller file sizes. Using WAV files, for example, would take up an absurd amount of disk space. If you try to copy a file format other than MP3, Windows may ask to convert your files, which we'll illustrate in the steps below.


Copying Audio Files from a PC to the Galaxy S8

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    First, Connect your phone to your computer with the charging cable. Once connected, access the notification panel by swiping down from the upper edge of the display. Tap the USB notification and make sure "Transfer media files" is selected.
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    On your computer navigate to the folder/directory where your audio files are located. For this tutorial, we created a folder on the desktop.
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    Once you're in the proper folder, select the audio files you want on your S8, then click "Copy".
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    Next, navigate to your phone (Galaxy S8) from My Computer.
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    Once inside the Galaxy S8, go to Phone > Samsung > Music, right-click and select "Paste".
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    If you're copying audio files that are not MP3, you may be prompted with the following window. If you know that your audio files are supported, you can choose not to convert them. If you're unsure, select "Yes, convert and copy".
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    To use a custom Alarm sound, copy the audio files to the clipboard, only this time, paste them into; Galaxy S8 > Phone > Alarms.
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    To set a custom Notification sound, paste your audio files into; Galaxy S8 > Phone > Notifications.
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Add a Custom Ringtone from the Phone's Internal Storage

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    On the home screen, swipe up to access the app drawer.
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    From the app drawer, tap the "Settings" shortcut.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Sounds and vibration".
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    From SOUNDS AND VIBRATION, tap "Ringtone".
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    On the RINGTONE screen, scroll down to the bottom and tap "Add from phone".
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    Here on the SOUND PICKER screen, you can choose an audio file as your ringtone, by tapping the radio button next to the track. If you leave the Highlights only disabled, it will play from the beginning of the song/track. From the SOUND PICKER screen you can; search, browse albums, artists, or through folders.
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    If you go back to SOUNDS AND VIBRATION, you'll see that your new ringtone is active.
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    To use the "Highlights only" feature, go back to the SOUND PICKER screen and play an audio file. When the track gets to the spot you want your ringtone to start, tap "DONE". Remember to toggle the switch next to "Highlights only".
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    You have the option to switch between play Highlights only or From the beginning. From SOUNDS AND VIBRATION, tap "Ringtone", then make sure your custom song/track is selected.
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    When you're taken back to SOUNDS AND VIBRATION, a pop-up will appear. Select either "From the beginning" or "Highlights only".
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Add Custom Notification Sound

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    From the home screen, swipe up to get into the app drawer.
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    Once inside the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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    On the SETTINGS' screen, tap "Sounds and vibration".
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    From SOUNDS AND VIBRATION, tap "Notifications sounds".
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    On the NOTIFICATIONS SOUNDS screen, tap "Default notification sound".
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    Here you can locate the file you copied over from your computer. In our example, the file is named "space beacon". You can also move files to the Notifications folder from other locations within the S8's internal storage. For example, if you downloaded a sound or track from the internet using your mobile browser, it will be located in the "Downloads" folder.
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  • Add Custom Alarm Sound

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      On your home screen, swipe up to gain access to your app drawer.
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      From inside the app drawer, tap the "Clock" app.
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      Once inside the CLOCK app, tap the "Alarm" tab, followed by the "+" symbol in the lower right corner.
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      On the new Alarm screen, tap "Alarm tone and volume".
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      From the ALARM TONE AND VOLUME screen, you should see the file you copied over earlier. Tap it to make it the alarm sound for this new alarm. In our case, it was called "space beacon".
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      Once you've selected your custom alarm sound, you'll be taken back to the main alarm screen. Once you have all your alarm settings the way you want, tap "SAVE" in the top right corner.
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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