I have copied desired MP3 file into /storage/emulated/0/Notifications.

What next?

There is no Add button in ringtone list:

ringtone list

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There is only note-iconed button in the upper right corner. If I press it, the following strange screen appears:

screen with unknown music

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It contains some unknown list of music without my ringtone.

How can I set a custom ringtone?


I have rebooted my phone and nothing changed. For some time after reboot I was unable to press note-iconed button since it was saying "Updating" or "Refreshing" in Russian. This was probably that media-scanner running.

So, I now know how to run media-scanner but still can't change my ringtone.


I have put the file into /storage/emulated/0/Ringtones. Also I checked that it appeared in /sdcard/Ringtones and rebooted my phone.

Nothing changed.


My phone is Sony Z3 Xperia Compact.

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    Did you reboot after copying files? See if this helps: Nexus 5x won't use custom ringtones/notifications – Firelord Jan 29 '16 at 11:03
  • Depending on how you've copied the .mp3, the Android system might not know about it yet (as the media scanner didn't pick it up yet). Apart from that, it won't turn up as ringtone anyhow, as you've copied it to be a "notification sound" (see e.g. my answer here). – Izzy Jan 29 '16 at 11:35
  • @Firelord what you expect to happen after reboot? Strange colored screen will be replaced with normal file browse screen? – Dims Jan 29 '16 at 12:44
  • @Izzy I can put file into any directory. What will happen if I choose lucky one? – Dims Jan 29 '16 at 12:45
  • After the media scanner picked it up, it will show in the corresponding place. Which that is, depends on your "lucky choice". Make a good pick from the answer I've linked with my previous comment :) And what Firelord expected by a reboot: That's one of the events the media scanner gets triggered. – Izzy Jan 29 '16 at 12:47

Based on this tutorial, you need to put your files in /storage/emulated/0/media/audio/ringtones.

If it still doesn't work, try opening the file directly from an Android file explorer, then click "Set as ringtone" (you may need to click on the three dots before seeing it):

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IMG: Ringtone

  • The folder /storage/emulated/0/media/ is depicted by Facebook icon at mine. Inside it I have only notfications subfolder. – Dims Jan 29 '16 at 13:51
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    I know that Facebook put its notifications sound here. Probably why there's a Facebook icon. You can try manually creating the folder /storage/emulated/0/media/audio/ringtones. But since there's /storage/emulated/0/media/notifications, I would also try /storage/emulated/0/media/ringtones. – Charles Milette Jan 29 '16 at 13:55

You need to play your audio file with the default music app.

Once the file is known in the music app, you will get an option to Set as ringtone if you select the file and click on the


In Android 9, any sound files stored in a folder named


anywhere on the system (/media/ringtones and /Music/Ringtones will both work)

will be found by the system and displayed as an option for a Ringtone sound

Any sound files stored in a folder named


will be found by the system and displayed as an option for a Notification sound

You can also have more than one Notifications and Ringtones folders.

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